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African Icon Movies

Pat filming a religious ceremony at Lalibela in Ethiopia using her very portable Canon XF-100

Pat filming a religious ceremony at Lalibela in Ethiopia using her very portable Canon XF-100

In 2014 and into 2015 Pat, David Bristow and I travelled around Africa visiting what we considered its iconic places and things – its creatures and features – shooting photographs and video footage for our new book – African Icons. What a time it was! Hectic! We saw and did the most wondrous things – the jungles of the Congo basin, the mountain gorillas of Uganda, the Churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, the desert adapted black rhinos of Namibia and the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, just to name a few that had a profound impact on our lives. To misquote Alan Paton: “A wonderful experience, beyond any singing of it”.

This panoramic photograph of baobab trees in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania was stitched together from 9 images and converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom.

This panoramic photograph of baobab trees in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania was stitched together from 9 images and converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom.

I did the stills for the book. Just over 1000 000 images shot on Nikon D800 (mainly) and D7100 cameras with a variety of lenses. We travelled fast and light; through a number of countries from open and welcoming to one or two that were a little less so. As a result we were very limited in the camera gear we could take along. For most trips I took the two bodies, the AF-S 80 – 400, 16 – 35 and 10.5 fisheye lenses and a SB-900 flash. Occasionally, when I knew we going into the jungles where it’s dark, I’d take the 70 – 200mm f2.8 VRII as well. All this fitted comfortably into the Manfrotto Tri Backpack Large and I carried a tiny, light Gitzo Traveller GT1542T Carbon Fibre Tripod which was very useful when we needed it.

Pat filming a religious ceremony at Lalibela in Ethiopia using her very portable Canon XF-100

Pat filming a religious ceremony at Lalibela in Ethiopia using her very portable Canon XF-100

Pat did the movies. Movies? For a print book? Yes, we linked a movie to each chapter in the book which you can access by scanning a QR Code with your smart phone or tablet. The last thing that we needed to look like was a TV crew or anything so Pat used the little Canon XF-100 full HD camera and carried it around in a tiny day pack that we modified. We now have hours of footage from some of Africa’s most awesome destinations

If you’s like to see a bunch of images and movies from the book, pop over to the African Icons website but I have also uploaded the movies to a playlist on our YouTube channel and, just as a teaser, have a look at the backstory video below.

Roger de la Harpe.

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