The best camera is the one with you…..

Gorilla with infant in Rwanda

The best camera is the one with you….

Gorilla with infant in Rwanda

Gorilla with infant in Rwanda

A friend of mine recently came back from Rwanda where she trekked into the mountains and spent some time with the mountain gorillas. On her return I had the pleasure of looking at her photographs.

One in particular stood out. A mother gorilla with her three day old infant. The mother was cautious and spent most of her time in the shade secluded by foliage but did venture further out into an area of sunlight. It was then that the image above was taken. I have cropped it, made it monochrome and removed some distraction around the border but ultimately this is an intimate portrait of a mother gorilla and her infant in the wild.

Is it perfect? No. Is my retouching perfect? No. However I would be proud to have this hung on my wall. Considering the positive remarks of fellow photographers whilst it was being printed in Photoghost many are in agreement. This is a wonderful image of an amazing subject. For those who may have noticed a lack of technical information in the description and are curious it was taken with a Fujifilm S5700. The camera was introduced in 2007 with a 7MP sensor.

Thus the title of this blog entry ‘The best camera is the one with you…..’. When considering all of the technical aspects of photography and equipment it can be easy to forget the reason why we take a photograph is the final image.

 

I wish to thank Christine Beard for kindly allowing me to reproduce her image. Through her voluntary work Christine travels to Rwanda to assist their teaching professionals.

 

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