African Alignment

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 40D
8321928/1000000 sec. / ISO 400
Nearest Area
Mo wa Mbu
Brief Directions
From the larger city of Arusha, Tanzania, go west on A104 and B144 to the village of Mo wa Mbu, about 125 km, to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The 2 nearest villages are Makoyuni, to the east of Mo wa Mbu and Karatu to the west. (Karatu is the last village you will encounter before going into the NgoroNgoro Crater.)
Equipment used was: An EOS Canon 40D with a EF 2.8 70-200 USM lens, a slim KSM circular polarizing filter, a 1.4X EF II Extender, a Primos Generation 2 Trigger Stick, used as a monopod while resting on the floor of the vehicle and a Manfrotto 308RC ProBall ballhead.
These 2 Zebras were standing together in the Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa. While on a safari we waited near them for about 20 minutes. The Landrover driver started the vehicle to move on to other areas of the park. I could see that the stripes were very close to being perfectly aligned, so I asked him to wait just 2 more minutes. I knew from earlier pictures of the animals that it was hard to get a clear picture due to the engine vibration of the vehicle. (Even though hardly noticeable, the movement was enough to decrease the clarity of some of my photos.) I knew this was going to be a chance of a lifetime for a perfect shot so I also asked him to shut off the vehicle and for the other passengers to remain as still as possible for 30 seconds or so. Seconds later the front Zebra shifted slightly to get a better look at our vehicle and the shot was there. With my EOS Canon 60D on continuous mode I took 136 pictures before they moved. I knew the shot was there! "Patience pays off in photography!"
Date Added
August 4, 2019
Date Taken
April 20, 2010