Scattering Impala

impala running into the bush

Yesterday, when moving some files around on my computer, a JPEG of this photo ‘appeared’ on my desktop. I must have extracted the JPEG at some point but I don’t recall it.

The EXIF data on the original RAW file tells me that I took the photograph on 24 September 2019, and that I shot in manual mode at 1/400th second at f6.3 with the lens at 300mm. What the photo doesn’t tell me is where I took it, but it was on the Eastern Cape in South Africa when Tamara and I were there.

It’s funny, because at the time I probably lamented that I was getting a shot of the impala running away, rather than a classic ‘full body’ shot. But now I like the movement and the scene. I probably see more in it that another person, because I was there – but I like it nonetheless.


  1. JenT says:

    I really like this. Much more dynamic than impalas just standing around and that one in the background looking straight at you (and hopefully not at a lion behind you) sets up the entire frame. Lovely.


    1. I’m glad you like it. Yes, the impala at the back is so calm, surveying the others running. It’s saying “Look, kids, the guy’s harmless. You can slow down, he’s just taking a photograph.”


  2. writemeow says:

    I love this picture … there’s something about their well defined butts with their lines, and the horns in the somewhat desaturated brush.


    1. Desaturated is the right word. They had had a drought for four years. We took a daytime flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg over miles and miles of brown earth.


    2. And glad you like the picture 😊


      1. writemeow says:

        Just scored 100% on the tone deaf test LOL

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