In a previous post I spoke about shooting the details – getting more than just the “big picture”. One’s immediate reaction on getting to a game reserve is often to head out as far as you can get from the camps and other tourists – to where the animals are wild and free and where… Well you get the picture. But, don’t overlook the very camps that you are trying to get away from. Here the animals are still free but they are incredibly comfortable around humans and this can make for some wonderful images. Birds can be notoriously difficult to photograph “in the wild” often requiring some seriously long “glass” to get them framed properly. But in camp it’s an entirely different matter, particularly if there is a water feature around. And it’s not only birds. Many of the smaller mammals see the benefit of being close to humans and even the occasional antelope like impala, bushbuck and nyala get very habituated, making photography so much easier.
So, take some time off in camp. Set up the tripod, make a coffee and have a great day shooting birds, flowers, tiny reptiles and anything else that hoves into view.
Photo details: Nikon D7100 and AF-S 80 – 400 VRII. ISO 200, 1/320 sec and f5,6.
Roger de la Harpe