I’ve been putting a lot of pictures up on Facebook which has gone down well, il I must say. For those that look at this / read this, I hope to add something to the value of each one by perhaps explaining what I did to get the shot or how I processed it. Perhaps I’ll say nothing.
It has been said that the shot is just essentially “Pointing the Camera and pressing the button”, which is quite correct. But there are other considerations as well that make a difference to the final outcome. I use these photo Safaris with experts like Andy Biggs, Chaz Glatzer and Mark Brazil to learn not only about the wildlife and regions we visit, but to explore the ever interesting “process” of getting the shot, shooting the light, available light etc. etc.
The first image is one I quite like, it’s a Lion that’s relaxing before deciding to move to somewhere comfortable or to head off with his mates for some food collection. The light was on him and was rapidly diminishing behind the horizon. We had made quite the 4WD rock climbing journey to get this spot. I made it black and white and one might notice I’ve left colour in his eye for a bit of fun.
The next image is a baby Lion cub that was in the last vestiges of light and was playing it up on a rock with its siblings and cousins. There were three females with cubs here and they had been doing a great job of getting food for the brood. For this one I zoomed in to the image and tried to accentuate the expression and pose of the cub. The eyes say it all
It’s the last day of the trip and I am putting up a taster for some of the images I was happy to have shot while here. the week has been a blast and thanks muchly to Andy Biggs of Andy Biggs Safaris and Chas Glatzer of Shoot The Light for making it such a great trip.
We had the great fortune to come upon an Eland kill over on the part of the Masai Mara where the main migration crossing points are. We were searching for Black Rhino (which we found, more on that later) and came upon the grizzly sight of a pride of lion devouring the remnants of a magnificent Eland. As happens when predators make a big kill on the Mara, the scavengers come out in force to have a piece. This is a White Backed Vulture that’s coming in for whatever morsel it can get.