About time you all cry in unison (maybe even together?). This is the first post from my latest adventures in the Kruger. I only have around 17,999 more to process, No! really!
I get asked a lot what is my favourite animal which to be perfectly honest impossible to answer (in fact if you read my amazing interview in the Olympus magazine you will find out more http://eng.olympusmag.co.uk/issue56/ 😃 ) however Elephants are always right up there and it is impossible not to come away from an encounter with them thinking that you have been blessed to spend time in their company. This little guy was being shepherded by Mum and Aunt across the road. I am always mesmerised by how serene and all knowing elephants are. If ever we think we are top of the pile then look an Elephant in the eye and you will soon come back down to earth and realise how totally insignificant we are.
Olympus OMD EM1MK2 - 300mm f/4
PS - things are a little chaotic at home because of the flooding damage so please bear with me and I will endeavour to post when I can. Look out for more from Natureship too.
Yes, yes, I know, I know I have been incredibly tardy and must appear like Mr Sluggish. So firstly I am back and as you can see Olympus have treated me well and I am Mr March this month although luckily for me the staples are in the way! http://eng.olympusmag.co.uk/issue56/
Please bear with me a little longer as I had intended to start uploading a few new African images but my house had a fight with the snow and ice and it lost! So I may be a little while dealing with trivial matters like how am I going to cook without a kitchen??!! Joking aside it is a touch inconvenient and will scupper a regular upload but I will be posting as much as I can. Do not adjust your sets, normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Well I had intended to write a big blog for @natureshipuk on the camera gear I was taking to the Kruger along with other paraphernalia however a broken laptop, several firmware up dates, packing issues and various annoyances has curtailed that idea. So for now here is the camera gear (I hope you can read it?). By the way, this is the first trip where I am using solely using the Olympus set-up and I am so looking forward to seeing what we can do together:
2 x Olympus OMD EM1 mk2, Olympus 300mm f/4 pro, 40-150mm f/2.8 pro, 12-100mm f/4 pro, 60mm f/2.8 macro and the 1.4x TC. I also have the Panasonic/Leica 25mm f/1.4 and the Samyang 7.5mm fish-eye.
I will be a little quiet on here for a bit as the signal is pretty dire but I'll try and pop a few things up.
Thanks so much to everyone who was part of yesterday and of days to come. We were both overwhelmed and pleased to know that there are so many like-minded folk, wildlife lovers, photographers and just general decent
people who showed their support and we are extremely grateful. A lot
of you have already put your name down for various workshops etc
and we can’t wait to get started. Skomer is starting to expand so it’s worth putting your name down even if you can’t pay at this moment in time however we would appreciate a deposit. We have been asked to add a deposit link onto the store and happily that’s now live. Parc Slip
and Botanical Gardens are also filling up so don’t delay.
www.natureship.co.uk As a thank you (and something we plan to do
sporadically throughout the year) we have decided to give away 2 Hi-res jpg's as below to do with what you want (we’d suggest a print as it’s a bit pointless looking at a computer file!). All we ask is that you let us have your email and we can then send it direct. I know it’s a sneaky way of adding you to the email newsletter but why wouldn’t you (besides you can opt out on receiving the first one). Pop over to facebook @ natureship-uk and Insta @naturshipuk say hello. Email address: email@example.com#natureship#natureshipuk#veganphotographers#ethicalwildlifephotography#olympusuk#swan#muteswan#cosmestoncountrypark # #forgoodnesssakeputsomethingbackplease
'I'm king of the world'
I'm not a great 'celebrity' fan but I take my hat, coat and booties off to @leonardodicaprio et al who are using their fame and popularity for change and good instead of selfish vacuous pointlessness. Big up to you sir.
As promised, my first point on preparing for my trip to Kruger is research. As in this shot find out where that light is coming from long before you get to your location. In this instance I knew that the light shines from the south west and that I should be in position if the Stag should look that way. For this trip (and prior to every shoot, no matter where) I have already used The Photographers Ephemeris which uses google earth to show sun and moon direction through the day. This is both an app for your phone or an online site (free online). To maximise what little special light is available every day we shoot is critical especially if you only have a limited time such as on safari. This way I know I must try and find a site that is close to camp to take advantage of the photographers elixir, golden morning/evening light.