DECEMBER 2011 – A crocodile enters the water of the Cuando river at the Chobe National Park in Botsuana. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
This image concludes the mini-series showing crocodiles in their natural habitat, aka places where swimming is not recommended.
This time we were on an afternoon excursion on the river Cuando at the Chobe National Park in Botsuana. It’s a pleasant tour, as you can gaze into the sun and enjoy the peaceful scenes on the islands and at the shore. Peaceful? Peaceful?
Er, no. When we were really close to the shore, a huge crocodile launched into the water right next to our boat. It kept staring at us just as if to say: “Maybe they get in trouble and their boat sinks. Then it’ll be a wonderful dinner tonight.” (Insert wry smile here.)
I deliberately placed the metal railing into the frame to highlight how close we were to this terrifying animal. Another indication for the proximity is that I used a focal length of just 120 mm, which translates to about 160 mm on a full frame body.
The high resolution image
|Capture Date & Time||07-DEC-2011, 16:17|
|Location||Chobe National Park, Botsuana|
|Camera||Canon EOS-1D Mark III|
|Lens||Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM|
|Exposure||1/500 sec at f/5.6|
|Digital Image Source Format||Canon Camera RAW (CR2)|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||3888 x 2592 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|