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Cheetah Glare

Evolution is a strange thing, wildlife photographers go out in search of images of beasts that our ancestors lived in fear of.

The ones that truly want to photograph the wildest of places must be committed. For what they seek generally doesn’t come cheap and will be outside the general climatic comfort zone of most human beings. We’ve become accustomed to a subtropical climate and we try to control our environs by choosing to live in places with those conditions or by trying to mimic that climate with the use of heating or air conditioning. I commend the photographers that go out and put themselves up against the bugs of the tropics, freeze in the poles or battle against the elements to get that photo.

I like to think that I am one of those photographers, when I choose to be, most of the time I sit behind a desk. However on the odd occasion once or twice a year if I’m lucky, I will go places that do not naturally have those desired subtropical temperatures, I will tough it out in the heat or the cold, with the bugs if necessary, if I know I am likely to get a photo I am happy with.

Plenty of other people go to the places I go, sadly most of them do it on tour buses and in fancy lodges. I prefer to do it my way, at my own pace, I like staying in a tent close to nature with nothing between me and the wild beasts that may come and sniff round the camp at night. It’s more exhilarating that way, I feel closer to nature and more alive.

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Off to Mallorca

I’m on my way to the airport, I’m attempting to publish this via my iPhone. If it looks funny, I’ll fix it on Sunday.

This photo was taken in the Maasai Mara game reserve.

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Square images

I think this is the first image I have posted that is square, I was reading about it today and was intrigued if I had any wildlife shots that could be cropped to this format. I quite like how this one turned out.

I took this photo in the Masai Mara in Kenya, this Buffalo was quite happy to pose on a small mound while trying to shoo away the Oxpeckers who kept on returning to his back as soon as he shook them off.

 

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Cheetah in Masai Mara

We were following this pair of Cheetah for quite a while in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, they weren’t bothered by the vehicles, they walked slowly through the tall grass, slow enough that we could track their pace and still take photographs as they moved. They’d occasionally take a break, sit down and see what was in the area.

You have to use big lenses with wildlife, this shot was taken with my huge 600mm F4, at just over five kilos it’s just too heavy to be hand held for action shots. I use beanbags and a gimbal head to support this lens. While it may be heavy and unwieldy it has to be one of the sharpest lenses I own and it has great contrast.

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