After the Hunt
Chatting away after the hunt with a member of the Ju/'oan, a San people, living in northern Namibia. It was one of the most extraordinary trips I ever made to go hunting antelope with them; they still use poison arrows to do so, and they are extremely knowledgeable of animals and plants they find along their way.

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Sat May 26, '12 07:22AM
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Media ID 20121107163417952  
Date Sat May 26, '12 07:22AM
Comments 4
Views 7233
Uploaded By Karin De Winter
Artist Karin De Winter
Copyright ©2012 Karin De Winter & Jo Van Rossem.
Date/Time Sat May 26, '12 07:22AM
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Oh wow, Karin! This is a spectacular portrait. Tonal qualities are so even under clearly harsh conditions, and such a gorgeously candid moment captured. I would love to know what B&W treatment you used to achieve this???

This feels almost like a silver print! Your Namibia trip(s) have been so fruitful. I am so happy to see you posting here now and I hope you continue for awhile, we have missed your imagery and commentary!

Hi Patrick, thank you so much for your nice comments !

You are right stating that this photo was made in harsh lighting conditions, as it was then almost noon, local time. We were in the shade of a large tree, but harsh light was peaking through the leaves as you can see on the man's shoulder as well as his face, and certainly the background was quite bright. The photo was made with a Canon 5DII and 24-105 lens at 1/1250 sec f/6.3 ISO 640 at 105 mm, and I used the camera's spot light metering mode. In post, basic adjustments were done in Lightroom 4 such as default sharpening (which is really not much), and I used the local adjustment brush to smoothen the background a little bit. Then B&W conversion followed in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 including a slight duotone to finish.

Best regards, Karin.

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Fine Art & Documentary Travel, Nature and Cultural Photographer

Wonderful portrait of this man.   First, I would LOVE to hear more about Nambia too as one of my hotspots on my list.  Did you hoof it on your own or with a group?   Sharing adventures with someone like this really adds more to the experience and you captured that look in his face so nicely.  I like the border you did.....I am still trying to get used to the very bright background though.  I certainly understand though the challenge!   Great post....I am curious if they poisoned the animal, would that not affect the meat to eat? 

Hi Richard, glad that you like it !  I agree completely with your opinion about the background; it was indeed harsh light, and because our portraits are never staged, I sometimes have to deal with that in post...

Namibia can be perfectly traveled on your own, as we have always done. You can rent a car (even with a tent on its roof), if necessary, you can camp or stay in tented camps, or lodges, in all different sorts of places. The Bradt travel guide, I consider the best for the country. For some regions/places you will need a guide for instance for the Kaokeveld, the Skeleton coast, or to visit the San, or you need a permit (Diamond Sperrgebiet) or both.

And by the way: yes, the meat is affected by the poison (which is neurotoxic, and made from the larvae of a small beetle or sometimes also from a plant), but they carefully cut out the meat around the arrow; the rest is good to eat.

Best regards, Karin

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Fine Art & Documentary Travel, Nature and Cultural Photographer