Caption: Front-on view of a Burchells' zebra (Equus quagga), Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon 70-300 F4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 210mm; Shutter speed: 1/2000; Aperture: f5; ISO: 400.
Zebra Photography: One of the more descriptive collective nouns for a group of zebras is a “dazzle” of zebras. Others are a “zeal”, a “cohort” and, of course, the common “herd” of zebras. “Dazzle” is very apt as it accurately describes the constantly shifting view that’s designed to confuse predators such as lions and leopards.
This visual juxtaposition can also bewilder and confuse the human brain as the animals mingle and move around, which of course provides both a challenge and an opportunity for photographers capturing zebra images. The challenge is to produce a picture that's not a jumbled blur of stripes with no point of interest or focus, while the opportunities allow experimentation as the photographer tries to blend or juxtapose the stripes to best effect.
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