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Shade Photograph

Rob Whiteley

South Africa

Photography, Color on Canvas

Size: 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 2 D in

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The White Rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species. The white rhinoceros consists of two subspecies: the southern white rhinoceros, with an estimated 19,682–21,077 wild-living animals in the year 2015 and the much rarer northern white rhinoceros. The northern subspecies had very few remaining, with only three confirmed individuals left in 2015. It was a sweltering 40ᵒc plus in the Kruger Park and this rhino thought it prudent to take shade under the only tall tree in sight. Fortunately it was within camera distance from the dirt road that I was traversing through the Park, but not too close that I disturbed his rest. NOTE: 10% of the profit of the sale of “Shade” is donated to the Rhino Programme of WWF South Africa www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/rhino_programme/ Camera: Nikon Focal Length: 200mm Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/200s Date Taken: 2011 Location: Kruger National Park South Africa Each picture is professionally printed in high resolution on a beautiful ColourPro artist's canvas. This silky matt satin canvas allows for a stunning vivid colour reproduction of each photo. The prints are then expertly hand stretched over a 44mm thick Superwood frame, which includes a solid 3mm Superwood backing board.

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Photography:Color on Canvas

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Size:47.2 W x 47.2 H x 2 D in

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Rob Whiteley, originally from Leeds in Yorkshire, England, has enjoyed photography for well over four decades, since he first received a Kodak Brownie 44a 35mm camera as a child, for his birthday. The choice of aperture on that device was limited to two fixed settings of f/11 and f/16 and an even smaller choice of only one shutter speed – 1/40th sec! Rob studied the now lost art of developing photographic film and its very unforgiving creative applications (one roll of film – no mistakes tolerated) at the Harrogate Institute of Photography in the 70’s – and began to cultivate the ability to frame each photograph so that very little, or no cropping would be required in the darkroom. Thus each shot was constructed through the lens first (or viewfinder at that time) which meant that still life applications tended to be the order of the day due to the set up time for each picture. Sometime later, Rob progressed to a Polaroid One-Step instant camera (everyone had one – right?) – which kept him out of the dark room, but definitely sacrificed his “post-click” creativity. Nowadays, a digital SLR is the bread and butter of his photographic repertoire and, armed with a post-click photoshop software package, he has fun creating “pop culture” renderings of wildlife pics, many taken in his favourite setting – the Kruger National Park, which is the second-largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa. The Kruger is the flagship of South African National Parks, spanning 360km from North to South and 65km from East to West. The scenic beauty of Limpopo is situated to the west, the lush Mpumalanga to the south and Zimbabwe to the North. It has nine entrance gates and is home to the famous Big Five, the Little Five and the birding Big Six, in addition to a range of fauna and flora unique to the area. The “Mother City” of Cape Town also provides a plentiful supply of wildlife and scenery, especially where the cold currents of Southern Atlantic meet the warm climes of the Indian Ocean at Cape Point (or at Cape Agulhas – 100kms east, depending on who you believe). Rob is always on the lookout for new studies, angles and backdrops to add to his gamut of expositions and his passion for photography is constantly expanding into varying innovative arrays which he will continue to share with followers, collectors and art lovers alike.

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