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At ground level

I lay down in the mud to get this photo, it was on the edge of the Ndutu lake in the Serengeti plains. Most wildlife photos are taken from either door level height of a landrover or landcruiser or from a roof hatch. There is an obvious risk getting out of a car and lying down on the ground in any wildlife park, I’ve only done it when plenty of people who I trust are watching out for me and the area is wide open and we have a clear view of what’s around for quite a distance.

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Wildesbeests in the mist

I’ve  been into the Ngorongoro crater quite a few times, most mornings there’s normally a mist. However on this morning it stayed for longer than usual. Normally it was gone by the time we got to the crater floor.

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Thorny Meal

I’ve never quite figured out why elephants enjoy eating Acacia so much, they have to be the sharpest natural occurring thing I have come across. They have gone straight through the bottom of my jandals on hundreds of occasions, horrible things!!

 

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Fever tree

I am pretty sure the big tree in this photo is a fever tree. There are so many iconic trees in Africa. In my mind more than other continents, but that’s probably cause I’m a bit biased towards Africa, I’ve spent years travelling in Africa and visiting it’s wilderness, while I’ve only spent a few weeks in other countries and continents. The only solution is to travel more and visit more places…

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Manyara Flamingoes

Keeping your photos simple isn’t that easy sometimes. When I saw these flamingoes I knew I wanted to just photograph a small group of them and have little to no background, I purposefully overexposed the photo to try to make the lake appear white rather than blue, I also chose a high shooting position where only the lake was the background, no trees or sky. I then waited for a small group to separate from a much larger group before I took the shot.

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Wild Beasts

I was originally going to share this photo yesterday, but changed my mind while I was writing the blog post. I figured a photo of a creature that is more menacing would be more appropriate for what I was trying to say yesterday. Though a cheetah is probably less dangerous to a human than a herd of wildebeest. It’s a fairly natural instinct to make the assumption that any predatory animal is dangerous to humans, especially one that hunts other mammals. What I have experienced is a completely different thing, I have never felt threatened by predators, though I must admit that most of the time I have been in a vehicle when these animals are close. Except when diving on the sardine run, then I was surrounded by hundreds of sharks.

These types of feelings are why my photo library is full of wildlife pictures, while I enjoy photographing cities and landscapes, there is something inside of me that feels truly at peace when I am photographing and watching wild animals.

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A mothers affection

Generally lions are pretty lazy and don’t do much all day, unless their young are around then you can get some great intimate shots of their affection towards one another.

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Taking off

You need big lenses for flamingoes, by big I mean long. I’ve never managed to get close to them on the shore of any lake, they’re very skittish. I took this shot while lying down in the mud at the edge of lake Ndutu.

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Classic Africa

So what images come to mind when you imagine Africa, this has to be one that I imagine quite a bit. Wildebeests, a landrover, a dusty track and the Serengeti plains.

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Wings Up

Photographing birds in flight is not the easiest thing you can do. Photographing birds in flight with a 600mm from a car is nearly impossible. While in Tanzania a few years ago I ended up using a bit of an odd technique when it comes to the smaller insect catching birds in particular bee eaters. They like to sit on sticks, watch take off catch an insect and land back in the same spot. So what I would do is focus on the bird while it was sitting on it’s branch, switch the lens to manual focus and wait for it to fly away. My step dad happily helped me out by telling me when the bird was about to come back to land. At that point I would hold down the shutter and hope that I got a good shot.

I think this result speaks for itself.

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