I was just very excited being at Lake Nakura, and was busy photographing the flamingos. I didn't even see this herd of impalas, until they walked into my frame. It was one of the most memorable moments of my trip. They just strolled by, no predator, no rush, stopping for a drink. The late afternoon sun brightened their golden brown fur. I froze in awe by such beauty. At least I remembered to take a couple of photos, not as many as I like. A sight I will remember for a long time.
An impala (Aepyceros melampus Greek aipos "high" ceros "horn" + melas "black" pous "foot") is a medium-sized African antelope. The name impala comes from the Zulu language. They are found in savannas and thick bushveld in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, northern Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, northeastern South Africa and Uganda.
Average mass for an Impala is approximately 75 kilograms. They are reddish-brown in color with lighter flanks, have white underbellies and a characteristic "M" marking on its rear. Males have lyre-shaped horns which can reach up to 90 centimeters in length.
No tripod, rest the camera on a sandbag on top of the jeep.
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jmdias (64970) 2008-03-19 17:42
2 strips of wild life. Wondeful pov, colors, light, compo, subject, etc.. Really a fantastic image. Congratulations
lopshang (724) 2008-03-19 17:44
Great wildlife shot. Colors are sharpness are stunning. Those flamingo are looking stunning in background . A very good composition and a good POV.
atsouth (253) 2008-03-19 17:56
hi, v nice stripes of animals, also nice contrast of their colors against the darker water and background.
Delfin (1529) 2008-03-19 17:58
You are right, Way,
there is such a tranquility in your photo.
The light is tremendous, the air is incredibly clear.
and the composition with all horizontal lines is perfect.
Your photo is of a rare beauty.
dvlazar (6662) 2008-03-19 18:14
Beautiful shot - the animals look great with that golden light on their skin. The 3 layers of subject are very interesting in your shot.
trekks (14348) 2008-03-19 18:59
I like this shot
.nicely composed using available light
.nice capture of wildlife
nivaldo (15417) 2008-03-19 19:25
Hello Way Ne Lim
Such a MAGNIFICENT scenery !
Well done! I loved it! Bravo!
Kind regards from Brazil,
daddo (26794) 2008-03-19 20:18
Hi Way Ne. Great to see an abundance of wildlife.Wonderful light brings both bird and beast into sharp definition.Lovely neutral background that makes the pink and golden brown stand out. Regards. Klaudio.
avishek_khan (544) 2008-03-19 22:14
Nice capture of these majestic creatures of God. You captured both flamingos and and the impalas in a single frame with perfection.
Wanda1 (15142) 2008-03-19 22:15
Hi Way Ne,
A beautiful shot from the shores of the lake! The wildlife seems unfased and just going about their day. I love the layering...the brown of the buck, the pink of the flamingos and the greyblue of the water and mountains. A great shot with good clarity.
Simon415 (9) 2008-03-19 23:13
Way to go, Way
There are 3 wow factors in this image.
1. for the impalas, they are very sharp and clear in such a natural position, strolling along the lake and beautifully illuminated by the soft ray of sun.
2. for the flock of pink flamingos cross the frame which look like it would go on forever. Though not as sharp however good enough that we can see each individual birds clearly.
3. for the beautiful landscape of grayish blue hills and sky. The sparkling clear blue lake displays the reflections of the flamingoes and the hills. Again the hills on the background are not as clear and sharp due to the distance but it complements and provides the natural surrounding of the perfectly balanced image with layer of things for the eyes to wander.
Above all that, the colors are nicely saturated, just right not too much. The brightness and contrast is also just right on. What you want me to say about composition. Do you care?
Sometime, a good photograph is not just about how good you are technically, but being at the right place at the right time play a major roll, and I think you got both the technical skill and the luck. Great moment this was for you. Way. And Thanks for taking me there with this photo, almost any way
gary91 (15348) 2008-03-19 23:20
What a wonderful image...
The light is just superb and this composition with the line of impalas in front of the flamingos is just great. This succession of lines really gives an impressive depth to the image. Sharpness and quality seem to be impressive and I wish I could this this picture at a real size. You told me recently that you like to see my gallery in the morning, well I can return you tthis compliment and this is the very first picture I am seeing today and it is giving me joy for the rest of the day !
Have a great day too !
Kind regards, Christian
PS - Just wanted to know which camera and lens you were using for this one ?
smarcell (19965) 2008-03-20 1:00
I love the two layers of colors: pink of the flamingoes, and bright brown of the impalas, under this beautiful light and the blue background.
malay_biswal (78) 2008-03-20 1:00
Beautiful shot. The two diferent species with distinct colors, glad to see this one.
fryz (1735) 2008-03-20 3:17
ouah très beau petit coin de ravitaillement en eau douce ;)
Les plans se succèdent et j'aprécie.
A bientôt Way
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-03-20 3:31
Wow! Excellent detail, colours, perspective!
...I return... :)
marine-coeur (770) 2008-03-20 4:52
Beautiful details and picture,lovely natural colours and patterns, well done way.
macondo (19564) 2008-03-20 5:26
A beautiful shot, so crystal clear and sharp. The horizontal layers are superbly composed, and the light on the impala is stunning. The depth of field is good, so we can see the individual flamingo behind. The atmosphere is one of stillness and silence, despite the movements of the animals and birds. This looks to be a really beautiful place, and you have caught these creatures in an amazing composition.
Thanks for your interesting and detailed notes.
Dakota55 (392) 2008-03-20 9:31
I love your use of parellel lines in this shot. Also very clear and good color.
All the best Rob
leo61 (0) 2008-03-20 11:33
An excellent nature phot and a perfect exposure!!!!!
Congratulation for this one.Amazing sharpness overall and great contrast.
delkoo (68) 2008-03-21 0:23
this is absolutely great shot, full of light and colors. Excellent composition and perfect moment to capture such place and such scene.
romanaa (7984) 2008-03-22 15:44
no words for this. Just WOW. Have you been to a paradise?
Great focus and lovely eye contact of those two impalas.
smash2707 (3320) 2008-03-22 15:45
Hi Way. Amazing layered composition. Colors, light and sharpness are great. Regards, Yvonne
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-03-23 3:29
amazing wildlife capture with a fantastic light here, well framed and composed
riclopes (35577) 2008-03-26 2:12
Sabidy Way, I guess that you can be my inspiration as well: You have great photos in your gallery and this one is really good. And also brings lovely memories to my mind. I didn't visit this one, but spent a night in the less known Lake Bogoria and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The shot has excellent quality. The impalas are clear and sharp, standing out beautifully against the smooth water. What I really enjoy is the sucession of horizontal layers, until we discover the mountains in the distance.
yso (4146) 2008-03-26 12:35
It was a great moment for you ! Perfectly captured with so beautiful light, congratulations !
gunbud (34066) 2008-03-26 18:51
You caught this remarkably peacful scene in extraordinary late day light that bring out very soothing colors and details. The impala are well seen in their gentle strides and the flock of flamingos makes a love pink dividing line between the varying shades of blue.
gabrielpat (7163) 2008-03-27 14:21
patdeph (35748) 2008-03-27 23:37
waow!!!Fantastic light and fantastic colours!The 2 ranges of lightened animals in the blue water are so beutiful!Wonderful!
Have a nice day.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2008-03-28 17:01
Sensational effort, this composition is remarkable. A very good representation of some of Africa's mammal and bird fauna. It is rare to find places that are so alive with many large wildlife species, but Kenya and Tanzania are certainly such places. The colours here are vivid and lively, the atmosphere is electric and the presentation is of high quality. I can see there are two horned males in this group of impalas, protecting their harem of females and young, a great family group. I shall add you to my favorites to follow your series.
ElAprendiz (30) 2008-04-02 8:44
Thank you for visiting my gallery and allowing me know yours, from what I see, it is great and wonderful.
It strikes me this scene, lively and colorful, within states savage us in Africa. The composition is simply magnificent, with good definition and sharpness, excellent contrast and great balance. Thank you for sharing it.
crhieatt (5347) 2008-04-02 9:52
Fantastic shot, well deserving of it's praise. Perhaps nine layers, bands, cross the frame, bands of land, water, beast, bird, and sky.
Excellent colour and clarity.
capthaddock (28790) 2008-04-03 17:54
You have a quadruple knocout here:
1) the antelopes
2) the flamingoes
3) the low light and the dark bg enhancing the subjects
4) a pretty landscape with a shoreline and water reflection.
Yes, a favourite.
emka (98830) 2008-04-03 23:51
Amazing wildlife shot. Very nice lila colour, fantastic view of flamingos in the lake and antilopes on the shore. thanks for sharing
pushpinder (201) 2008-04-04 23:45
amazing shot...everything seems just right!!
fabulous light and compo.
jafadabret (56501) 2008-04-06 0:05
Une photo comme on en voit peu. J'aime la fraicheur de ce monde qui nous renvoie aux origines, un paradis terrestre. La lumière et les couleurs sont là pour détacher les animaux. Très belle photo.
steliosk (4802) 2008-04-06 2:53
ahh, such a beautiful photo, charming!!
Great light and colour management.
the POV is splendid.. aahh what an atmosphere :)
simply TFS for this one
siolaw (38292) 2008-04-15 20:00
I just discovered your gallery with many nice ones!... this one is quite special with all these horizontal layers of land, impalas, water, flamingoes then moutains and sky! The luminosity and clarity/sharpness are excellent, nice colors too.
samrat_roy1 (701) 2008-05-02 1:22
this is good. the sharpness is perfect as well as the framing. the title of the picture is interesting. the impalas seems to be interested in you too, so....no rush! thanks for sharing...
euryan (8440) 2008-05-11 20:50
This is a real beauty. The lighting is so great here. You composed this photo very well with the impalas in the foreground, flamingos in the background, and the mountains in the distance. The animals in the photo form patterns. Very artistic nature photo.
avene (12675) 2008-05-14 11:10
there's wildlife photography, and then there is The Wildlife Photography, and your work certainly qualifies for capital letters. superb photo, I like a lot the vairous "layers" here and the "cradle of life" feeling it creates. impeccable quality too, and smart use of the mountains in the background and shoreline in the foreground to create a natural frame to the scene. excellent work, my compliments.
with best regards,
Kris_Luxenhofer (752) 2008-05-22 22:01
How are you?
very nice and beautiful shot! Great colors, composition and you captured the very best moment! And my suggestion for a title would be: "RUSH HOUR" :-)
TFS and have a nice day!
Best regards from sunny LA,
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2008-05-22 22:08
Very beautiful shot! Excellent captured, sharpness and good details. Well done.
Have a nice day.
mark_mk (266) 2008-05-31 6:42
well you have many very good shots in your gallery, but this is my personal favorite of your gallery. Great colors, sharpness is excellent and this scene you captured... WOW.
All these wonderful animals, congrats!
Well I`ll add it to my favorites, I have no other choice when I see such a shot!
danyy (0) 2008-06-09 23:53
voila une photo magnifique, les plans successifs donnent de la profondeur. Superbes couleurs et lumières, la DOF étendue joue bien ici.
cfreire (11741) 2008-06-10 6:26
This a splendid shot very well composed with different elements. Wonderful reflections, lights and colors. Good depth and it's an amazing and attractive picture! Well done, regards, Consuelo
npecanhuk (75502) 2008-06-18 8:08
That's simply a wonderful photo of animal life in their natural habitat!
Great colors, sharpness and composition!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil,
geester (0) 2008-06-19 10:07
The definition in this image is stunning. You have captured teh impala perfectly. Excelletn
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-06-21 8:45
I must admitt this is a spectacular composition. Everything is perfectly horizontal here, makes you think the animals were listening to you. Great detail and colours.
OK, now it's just one more to your first 100 :)
rozy975 (3047) 2008-06-23 14:26
I was very excited to be in Lake Nakuru but my day in this beautiful national park wasn't very lucky. It was grey and raining. It is very nice to see that you are one of the luck ones. This is a beautiful shot and you did an excellent job to catch the impalas and flamingos in the same square. Colors and sharpness are just great.
Well done, my friend.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-06-26 17:31
Way, you certainly have photos to show that you were in the right place at the right time, this one is awesome. Your color and sharpness is magnificent and the light appears to be late afternoon and it just couldn't be better I think.
maloutim (9639) 2008-06-26 20:12
My goodness, I am not surprised you will remember this view for a long time! It looks absolutely out of this world!
The bright fawn colour of the impalas against the beautiful monochrome background , with a pink barrier of flamingoes in between, as if to protect them from the infinite.
I also like the happy-go-lucky attitude of the animals, that don't seem frightened to see a stranger photographing them, just curious for some of them, as if they were saying:" What are you doing here?"
This kind of picture leaves me in awe, and fear that such beauty might not last in our mad world! Africais the continent of extremes. It must be the most beautiful, and at the same time, the poorest, the most in danger, because of us Westeners in great part!
Well at least,somebody has caught that beautiful view in his box, and we can just hope that it will remain on the net forever!
Thanks ever so much for sharing!
plimrn (21344) 2008-07-01 5:29
Hi Way Le,
What a magical moment!! The light is perfect, you're set up and focusing on the flamingos and these beautiful beasts come strolling through at just the perfect position. Several of them are looking at you with interest. The detail is wonderful, the framin g very effective to capture this feeling of magic.
giorgimer (34941) 2008-07-08 0:14
EXTRAORDINARY SHOT! Really perfect! Excellent DOF, colors, sharpness, composition, everything!
zeca (19762) 2008-07-09 20:16
This is so beautiful! Two families in the same photo! I don´t know what I like more, but the impalas are so sharp! The lights are excellent! Congratulations for this nice capture!
monty323 (800) 2008-07-10 0:29
Hi, nice photo, very interesting scene.
Kielia (24077) 2008-07-25 11:45
phantastic wildlife shot. Great light and beautiful colours and an amazing atmosphere! A masterpiece!
savask (1891) 2008-07-27 1:21
well done. Excellent framing and POW. Crispy colors, balanced subjects and good note
Silversnow (2319) 2008-08-07 11:50
Wow indeed :D
Great shot, well framed, superb colors and sharpness.
What lens where you using?
It does remind me of my own trip to Cameroon 15 years ago with my parents ;)
degani (2983) 2008-09-20 11:35
what a wonderful picture, really a beautiful image with great colours and depth, brava dear friend
CLODO (34546) 2008-09-21 9:54
You have taken a great picture, showing the beauty of the (wild) world. Thank you very much
Congratulations et best regards
fayeulle (27827) 2008-10-23 6:53
What a great place ! I really like the sharpness, the framing, the clarity, colours of this wonderful wild life shot
rolling_stone (60) 2008-11-01 12:15
Pattern! How is that when we see a pattern in the 'real life', we think of it as something boring? And when we see it here (you won't deny it's kind of a pattern, consisting of rather similar impalas) we see the pure beauty of our planet?
Just because good pictures are to take beauty of a moment and paint immortality with them. Your photos are immortality, for me.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-11-12 20:58
WOW! What a shot. So crisp and sharp. the exposure is stunning.Well done. Thanks for remembering to take the shot.
lc4giala (2190) 2009-01-16 15:26
amazing beauty ...congratulations!!!
Irelands_Eye (83) 2009-01-30 12:22
Wonderful shot (with a bit of help from the herd)! I love the uncluttered layers! Bravo!
MLINES (12516) 2009-01-31 14:05
Hi Way, This is superb, like something suitable for the National Geographic magazine. It shows the beauty of nature and how different species co-exist around the water. Good notes, congratulations. Murray.
afshinazizi (6) 2009-02-17 15:22
Really perfect photograph with amazing composition and perfect timming to capture this great work.
It is really marevlious wildlife shot.
gramma (3519) 2009-05-05 10:59
Excellent capture. Contrast is stunning ! The multi layers of your picture is nice.
berek (50504) 2009-05-30 20:46
beautiful wildlife pictures. I love colourful atmosphere and objects line effect. well done
Have a Nice Sunday.
martin_b (362) 2009-06-24 5:41
great and very lucky the gazelles made your capture perfect :-))
jwmunro (286) 2009-10-26 15:16
Hello Way -
Excellent image even though it was unplanned. I like how you have some interest from the group of impala's as they pass you by. Well done!
Thank you for sharing.
yquem46 (38752) 2009-10-26 15:35
I missed this one Way, no wonder I was not on TE yet
Quite a nice and mild light on the impalas. These antilops look so fragile !
Presently making plans to return in Kenya or Tanzania in 2010
quillo (11850) 2010-01-02 1:50
Hola amigo Way -------------------->
Una imagen muy linda de la fauna de Kenya,
la luz es lo mejor la profundidad y
los distintos planos hacen de esta foto un
buen trabajo, enhorabuena.
Un saludo y buen día.
axiotea (21651) 2010-01-28 22:05
Vow! I just saw that image on your intro page and couldn't resist to have a look at it!
A well timed capture of the impalas (I can see some of them had notice you) and flamingos... a beautiful light, especially in FG making for a fine contrast with the BG.
The reflections caught in the water are also very nice.
sanjibandey (386) 2010-02-04 11:37
amazing wildlife photography.
that 2 rows of bards and dear r amazing.
Very good light and exposer.
Nice color depth.
Have a good day.
Ricx (13495) 2010-02-05 10:57
Hi Way,, This is a classic.. How on Earth did you end up creating such a stunning image.. Clear, sharp and extremely well composed images.. The lighting was just perfect for the impala and the flamingos.. Really like this image. Rich
fabianoleite (11695) 2010-02-26 18:39
Amazing wildlife, with two distinguished and contrasting populations, well supported by land and water. Beautiful scene, congratulations!
mkamionka (37231) 2010-09-10 2:56
I guess this is one more place which I have to put on my list of places to visit.
Very charming view. The abundance of the animals is incredible. Great that you have this multiple layers here it makes a nice effect.
Very well seen and captured,
agulberk (3794) 2010-10-09 20:17
Merhaba Way ne Lim
you take the wonders of the creator ,so that ,in a one word , extraordinary great shot
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-18 23:44
This group portrait of such graceful and beautiful creatures surely is one of your masterpieces. Very good moment of capturing, wonderful colors and irreproachable quality of this unique picture!
paololg (31448) 2011-01-26 13:07
Ciao dear Way,
surely this is one of the most beautiful photos of T. A marvelous scene characterized by a fantastic light. Congratulations to have captured in perfect way the soul of Africa. Bravo!
Ciao, have a nice day!
Robert1969 (7160) 2011-07-01 21:53
Een hele mooie foto dat uit meerdere lagen is opgebouwd, maar ook een foto is met een mooie spel der diafragma.
Dit zorgt ervoor dat er een mooie diepte in de foto is ontstaan, maar het zorgt er ook voor dat de dieren gelijk opvallen.
Verder is de foto ook wederom weer knap belicht.
siudzi (34141) 2012-03-03 2:33
What a spectacular picture of this amazing scene! Truly harmony place has been discovered here. The visual effect created by those lines of animals and birds is such a great. Bravo! Thanks for sharing.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-09-30 13:13
How very lucky you were and also quick to adjust the camera at the newcomers impalas
That way you obtained an unique capture with two stripes of color given by the animals on dark blue landscape
As it s said and is quite true here, you were at the right moment of what must have been an adventurist trip
Sorry, but what can I said if not the obvious BEAUTIFUL ?
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-07 4:37
wow! What a beautiful view it is. Framed masterfully. Crystal clear dears at foreground. Great focus on them. Like the flemingos at background as a pink strip in middle. Nice atmosphere. The soft evening light is creating some special colours on it which I really loved. Great shot. Tfs.
ikeharel (72191) 2014-03-04 8:12
Beautiful nature landscape with Impalas and Flamingos, stand and stroll on shallow water's under a bright daylight.
Fine taken a lovely sight, Cheers,
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-15 13:28
I guess you couldn't have timed this any better, yeah....even if you were purposely waiting for this herd to arrive. :) Nature provided more than one gift on this occasion, what a superb mixture of life and natural elements! I'm having a difficult time trying to decide on what to focus my attention towards, the animals or the landscape...easy solution, I'll lean back and take it all in at once. :)
Love the horizontal layering of both aspects, and those flamingos really make for a bright streak across the frame which is impossible to miss. A neat experience, and one which I can only hope for myself some day. Not at all surprising this pictures has been so popular, another beauty in the collection. Have a great afternoon. Take care.
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