Photographer's Note

This is the second photo depicting the Kalahari Bushmen during a tradional dance. The women and children sat in a circle around a fire clapping and singing chants while the men danced around the perimeter.

Tech notes

A challenging photo situation with frenetic movement and the only available light source the fire. To get this shot I focussed on infinity and shot in aperture priority using a 50mm lens at F1.8. The shutter speed was 2 seconds and a tripod was used. No post processing done on this shot.

As always comments and criticism welcome.

The 'Bushmen' are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, residing their for the past 20,000 years. Only an estimated 100,000 remain today, most in the Kalahari desert. A number of Bushmen tribes exist and a variety of languages are spoken, each incorporating the distinctive 'click' sound. The Bushmen survived for thousands of years as hunters and gatherers. They hunt – mainly various kinds of antelope – but their daily diet has always consisted more of the fruits, nuts and roots. They make temporary homes from the wood that they gather. Many Bushmen have been forced off their land and are forced to live in settlements that are unsuitable for hunting and gathering. As well as eviction from their ancestral lands, the Bushman have faced home invasion, oppression and murder reducing their numbers from several million to 100,000.


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