Bunyenyeri is the second silverback in the Umubano group in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and the biggest of the three. I knew that I had the; opportunity to take a portrait of him as he was so relaxed in my company that morning.; A key part of the camera puzzle in the jungle is the depth of field, as the light can often be suboptimal. Luckily on this occasion I could; compromise shutter speed and treat myself to some depth in the focus. The bigger issue was the size of the gorilla's head. To shoot landscape; format risks either losing the top of the head or going looser and having a load of negative space above both shoulders. But to shoot portrait is; not my default position - it is, in fact, quite rare for me.; I do remember my cognitive processing at the time and, as all times with gorillas are intense, sometimes that processing is sub optimal and a little; panicky. I simply thought if I can't shoot portrait on this occasion, I may as well forget that a camera can be held at 90 degrees.; The image works and the bigger the print the more the impact. When I think of silverbacks, I think of their sovereignty, their power and their; wisdom. When they appear lost in thought - as Bunyenyeri does in this portrait - I doubt those thoughts have a limited narrative, in fact they could well put us all to shame. He has seen a great deal in his 21 years and the camera does not lie.
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