Manfrotto School of Xcellence: Into the black.

Manfrotto School of Xcellence: Into the black

At the limit of photography

The synch a photographer reaches with light is always a frail love/hate bond. Sometimes you can deceive this relationship to get the shot, but theory is very far from practice. Without light you have no photography and cannot catch the “moment”.
I was in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia during a night safari. My Canon was stable on my Manfrotto 498RC2 head and assembled on my Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon and magnesium tripod to allow me to have reasonable exposure times in the darkness of the bush.
I needed the highest stability with light conditions “at the limit of photography”. Many years ago the sensitivity of films wouldn’t have allowed that shot, it would have been just a dream. Now, the possibility of increasing Iso and modern technologies of digital reflex cameras have made possible these pictures.
Bumping into a lion in the night is one of the most exciting moments of a safari, but you can certainly not stay with the lights of your 4×4 on for a long time, you have to save the batteries! Complete darkness is not a benefit for a photographer, I needed a little light at the right time.
When the lion started sniffing the air, probably because of the arrival of some hyenas in the area, I turned on the torch for a few seconds, a few moments that allowed me to “write” with light on the sensor and catch this portrait of a lion proud to defend his territory. © Stefano Pesarelli

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