Black-backed Jackal

Black-backed Jackal

This photo of a black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) trotting through gold-coloured winter vegetation was taken in Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. I used a slow shutter speed (1/30th) to blur the background and subsequently digitally “simplified” the image by removing extraneous detail, using software called Buzz Simplifier.

This software unfortunately is no longer available, but what I like about it is the way it softens the image, giving it a painterly feel, without blurring the edges, so sharp areas of the picture remain so.

I used a Canon EOS 450D (Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP) camera with a Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens at full zoom. Shutter speed was 1/30, aperture f16 and ISO of 400.

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