Flamingos, Walvis Bay, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – Flamingos probe the water for food at the Flamingo Lagoon of Walvis Bay, Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

The Lagoon slightly south of Mossel Bay is home to a large population of Flamingos. The shallow water is somewhat protected from the heavy waves of the Atlantic Ocean that hit the coast relentlessly around the clock.

On a sunny afternoon we took the short drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to experience the Flamingo Lagoon. It was an impressive view to see all the Flamingos dipping their heads into the water to grab some food. I found this angle particularly beautiful: The sun was coming from right above the frame and produced super harsh contrast between the Flamingos and the surrounding water of the lagoon. The wind was blowing strongly which further created motion on the water.

Setting the focal length to 400 mm, I could keep the sun out of the frame. The 5.6 aperture was good for a bit of gently blur on the water.

I really like this image.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time03-DEC-2006, 16:34
LocationWalvis Bay, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/6400 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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