Saturday, 31 August 2013

Photography field craft tips while on safari

Whether you are a very keen photographer or just like taking snap shots of animals, there are a few tips that we can offer to help you get some wonderful photos.
First off let me say that I wouldn't dream of advising on the technical aspects of camera use. We get a lot of very good photographers on safari whose technical skills far outweigh mine. 
But, there are a few things you can do, that fall under the title field craft.
1) If possible mute any beeps or noises that your camera is programmed to play. There is usually a menu function to do this.
2) Be prepared. As we approach an animal sighting get your camera ready. We'll often spot an animal at distance on game drive and drive slowly towards it. This gives you time to set up your camera and hold it up at chest level as we approach. Then when we stop you can smoothly and without fuss or undue movement or shuffling around bring your camera up to your eye and click. It is in those few seconds when the animal will tend to be looking at the vehicle, that the best shots will often be achieved. This is even more so with bird photography, where the words I hear most are "there it goes" as the bird flies off and away from folks who were shuffling around changing lenses or whatever after we stopped.
3) Use the light. Morning and evening game drives enable fantastic natural lighting when the sun is low in the sky yet still strong. That 'flat light' provides a wonderful illumination for wildlife photography.
4) Don't just fill up your camera memory, but your own as well. Once you have some photos, put the camera down for a while and just enjoy watching the scene before you. It's those memories that will stay with you.

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Written by Will Fox

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Musth

In the shot above, all may seem well. The male ele is showing no obvious signs of aggression and indeed he was very relaxed. However..... I took this shot as we were reversing away from him.
As you can see from the excretion running from the gland at the side of his head, this big boy is in musth. As I say, he was very relaxed, but you just can't afford to take any risks with his testosterone levels running so high.
We still got some great shots and witnessed some fascinating behaviour, from a distance.

Written by Will Fox
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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Finally Diamond Girls cubs show themselves

Diamond Girls cubs 
Finally the sighting we've been eagerly waiting for. Diamond Girls two cubs. This pair are now ten months old and although we've been seeing them on camera trap pictures, we hadn't seen them on game drive. That was until last week when BLC guide Rudi found them above camp. Both were as relaxed as Diamond girls previous cubs, so we have high hopes we'll be seeing them regularly from now on.

Written by Will Fox
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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Leopard cub survival

Ignoring us, more interested in watching a passing bird
We had a great sighting yesterday while out on game drive. We found a leopard and her cub feeding on Impala. A wonderful sighting on any day, but this was even more special. This was the leopard that had lost her other cub to Lions three months ago. His brother had grown and developed since then, and while clearly still a Mummy's boy, he's doing well.
It's a hard life, time for a nap
Written by Will Fox
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