Portrait: The Hunter

Clevor, 64, lights up a homemade smoke in rural Zimbabwe.

Portrait of Clevor, 64: Clevor plops down on the bare sand, in a tiny bit of shade from a scraggly tree in the Zimbabwe bush. Looking a bit exhausted he says, “I was out looking for wood to make axe handles.ā€ He notices me looking at a homemade slingshot sticking out of his pocket. “I use my slingshot to hunt for birds while Iā€™m out in the bush…nothing today,ā€ he adds with a smile and a shrug of his shudders. He proceeds to show and tell, with exaggerated crouching and stalking, how he hunts for small birds. With the hunting lesson complete, he pulls out a homemade cigarette, about the size of a small cigar, and lights up.

Thoughts and Technical: I tried doing a portrait of Clevor with his slingshot but it looked too contrived and forced. Then he lit up another smoke and I threw up the camera and took a frame, purely by instinct. Fortunately, the auto focus was on an automatic setting that just happened to choose the end of the hand-rolled smoke as the focal point. Nikon D4 with a 24-70mm 2.8 at 70mm, 320 ISO, f2.8, 1/2000sec.

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