Life in the Bush

Photographing the Big Five

Photographing the Big Five

Leopards (Panthera.pardus) Mainly nocturnal, leopards are never easy to spot, let alone photograph. More often than not, the best one can hope for is a quick shot, however, this doesn’t mean that you can’t capture a good image, but it requires preparation and readiness for the unexpected. For most people, the best chance of capturing a leopard image is while in riding in an open game viewing vehicle being driven…

Photographic Tips in the Bush

Photographic Tips in the Bush

The objective in photography is to capture a moment in time as a complete story. You have an opportunity to make it interesting by giving it life and recounting the story to an absent person, in such a manner that makes them understand and enjoy the same moment which you enjoyed. Golden Rules Before you go out on drive, check your camera for a fully charged  battery (+ fully charged…

What’s in the bag?

What’s in the bag?

With airlines being so strict these days, it is important to carry the right equipment in the right bag. The bag should comply to international cabin standards (L 500mm x W 400mm x H 250mm) and the mass should not exceed 20 kilograms. I presently use the Kiboko Bag and a Bataflae bag  by Gura Gear (www.guragear.com). Designed and marked by the American Wild life photographer, Andy Biggs who spends a…

Elephant Smashes into Car at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephant Smashes into Car at Kruger National Park, South Africa

I was one of the passengers on the vehicle, together with my wife and our mentor guide who has >20 years Guiding/Guide Training to his credit, and is a specialist in dangerous game. The video clip is heavily edited and only shows part of the total encounter. The female which actually hit us was about the same size as the matriarch and all aggressors had little calves and were lactating…

Lions Can Climb Trees

Lions Can Climb Trees

Photographers are sort of crazy dudes who will try lots of things in pursuance of that one great shot. A few years back, while on our reserve (ZUKA – Northern KwaZulu-Natal), we were called into a sighting where a pride of lions had taken out a kudu. I was driving my old Toyota open game viewing vehicle which had a cut-out entrance where the passengers stepped into the vehicle, rather…