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Ostrich Horizon

In March 2017, I joined the charity African Initiatives to photograph a story on the Maasai women of Northern Tanzania. Our journey to reach Loliondo District at the tip of northern Tanzania started early in Arusha where we were greeted by two Maasai guides with a Land Cruiser. To my delight, they had decided our 8-hour route would take us directly across the plains of the Serengeti.

After 5-hours of driving, with the light dimming and still very much in a land of endless horizons, we found ourselves navigating through a bumpy dip in the terrain where our driver stopped for a convenience break. As we got out to stretch our legs, I spotted a flock of Ostriches springing across the brow of the hill above. Fortunately, my camera with 150-600mm lens was in hand, and I was able to quickly boost up my ISO and capture this long range shot before the flock disappeared 30 seconds later.

Taken with Nikon D810 with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S lens at 330mm, ISO 1250, f/10 at 1/1250 sec.

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