“At the Mercy of Men”- Lake Nakuru, Kenya – Mitchell Krog – Featured Photographer   40 comments




“At the Mercy of Men”- Lake Nakuru, Kenya – Mitchell Krog –  Featured Photographer

Happy Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love this image.  One of the hardest things to do in a wildlife photograph is to  create an image of an animal while still showing its environment.  Mitchell captures this perfectly.  It is no wonder this image took first place in the Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife and Environmental Awards 2011.  After you read his story slide on over to Mitchell’s Galleries, friend him on Facebook, and follow his tweets!

Web Site: http://mitchellkrog.com
Twitter: @MitchellKrog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MitchellKrogPhotography

Take it away Mitchell:

I took this shot on a trip to Kenya in late 2009.  I was in Lake Nakurufor a few days primarily to focus on the vast populations of Flamingoes that flock to the Lake. One afternoon on my way down to the lake, there stood this single Rhino right out in the open with the most amazing backdrop that just screamed to me in black and white. I had my driver stop the vehicle and I grabbed my wide angle lens and just waited for the moment when he might look up directly at me. Light was already quite low so I cranked my ISO up to 800 and opened up my aperture to f/4 as I did not want to risk losing this shot. It did not take long and the Rhino lifted his head for a brief moment, stared directly at me, and that was the moment captured.

There has been such a plague of Rhino killings in South Africa over the past 2-3 years with well over 800 of these magnificent beasts having been slaughtered for their horns. This image is very close to my heart and was that way from the moment I captured it.  To me it portrays a vision that I hope to never see in my lifetime, the last Rhino standing out in an open field long after all the other Rhino’s have been slaughtered.  It would be a grim day if we ever see the headline “Last Rhino Killed”.  Luckily Kenya seems to be much more in control over controlling poaching in their country and hopefully with responsible management we will have these gentle beasts sharing our planet with us for many years to come.

I was honored to have this image take first place in the Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife and Environmental Awards 2011.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 800

Charlie Again:

Not only does this photograph inspire , but it also stimulates action. Please check out the International Rhino Foundation website http://www.rhinos-irf.org/ for more information.


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40 responses to “At the Mercy of Men”- Lake Nakuru, Kenya – Mitchell Krog – Featured Photographer

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  1. just a bit of edge so that the image sits between beautiful and ugly- sort of like the whole species. great job.

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  3. I’ve been here before…beautifully done…x

  4. I love, love, love this blog!

  5. beautiful

  6. A beautiful creature struggling to survive in a cruel world… Simply stunning picture!

  7. This somehow makes me think of Fellini’s E la nave va: http://bit.ly/yGMbCV.

  8. is he the king of the land? 😉

  9. This is an amazing picture. It says so much.

  10. Thats the image of the week for me

  11. Absolutely iconic image. Love it.

  12. Reblogged this on and commented:
    This reminds of me of one of my most scary moments ever. It happen in Kenya, just before dusk……..I will expand when I have more time. Just re-blogging this post for now.

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Well done and happy to hear that there are links made possible for education and donations!

  14. Lovely black and white! so goood 🙂

  15. Excellent image! Hard to fathom how an animal that large is at the mercy of men, even though it’s true. I can’t help thinking that we’ve really turned the world upside down in a very short amount of time

  16. Beautiful shot! I also believe preserving wildlife is very important. And rhinos are such interesting-looking creatures!

  17. Reblogged this on The View Through My Lens and commented:
    Great photo

  18. Master of his world for a while yet. Well done.

  19. Found your blog after you liked mine. Thanks so much for visiting. Your photos are beautiful!

  20. Thank you for capturing this stark image. I agree, hopefully humans will not push these creatures into extinction.

  21. Excellent photo. Jack

  22. Magnificent shot.
    Just for the record, the poaching may take place in Southern (not only South) Africa, but it is instigated by Asiatics and horns are exported because of the ridiculous myth that these groups of tightly-packed hairs have magical aphrodisiac or potency stimulation qualities.

  23. Love it

  24. Such stark beauty!

  25. The is a brooding intensity about this photo that would be lost in colour. Monochrome was definately the right choice.

  26. Title and picture are perfect – gave me goosebumps.

  27. Love it. I have a whole gallery dedicated to Lake Nakuru on my blog too. Beautiful place.

  28. What a powerful picture!

  29. So intense a message. Happy Bloggentines

  30. Amazing B&W treatment

  31. Great capture!

  32. What an absolutely great photo. I loved it. A rhino was about the only African animals I didn’t see on my safari a few years ago to Kenya and Tanzania. Thanks for sharing

  33. Absolutely stunning! 🙂

  34. This is a wonderful shot.

  35. Fantastic shot. I’m not surprised that it won that competition. Congratulations.

    I find it very difficult to see wildlife shots in B&W.

  36. Hi,
    I have also a pic taken by my brother from Lake Nakuru, showing a Hippo and Flamingos. Awesome photo!

  37. Beautiful contrast!

  38. Stunning _ Stumbled!

  39. Beautiful and sad…

  40. Awesome, shared on Facebook!

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