Etosha National Park in Namibia covers an area of approximately 22,000km², with the pan occupying approximately 23% of the area of the park. The name Etosha in the Ovambo language means ‘great white place’. For most of the year, the pan is a dusty depression of salt and clay, which means that animals mainly occur around the edges of the pan.
The dry season provides unique opportunities to photograph wildlife, which congregate at the many waterholes in the park. In addition, the vast open areas around the pan allow animals to be photographed with uncluttered backgrounds, which tend to emphasise the animal against a relatively soft background.
The highly reflective lighting conditions caused by the white calcrete rocks can, however, be extremely challenging, with the need for constant adjustments to camera exposure settings. Sometimes when predators are absent, one has to think more creatively about how to capture fairly common subjects by focusing on unusual behaviour, animal interactions, specific species features and use of golden light in early mornings and late afternoons.
I am a wildlife photographer and have recently made a number of visits to the park. The images below are a selection from my recent trips.
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