Zebra in winter foliage
Burchell’s Zebra (Equus quagga) moving through wooded grassland, the winter colors of the grass and shrubs warmed by the late afternoon sun, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.

I took the picture using a Canon 450D) Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP) with 70-300mm IS zoom lens at a shutter speed of 1/80th and aperture set on F8. Focal length was 300mm and the ISO was 400.

The relatively slow shutter speed combined with panning the camera to follow the zebra has blurred the background – but not enough to create a real sense of motion blur. So I’ve used some digital manipulation to further soften and simplify the background while keeping the zebra acceptably sharp.

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