Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wildlife Photographic Weekend

Guests sharing their stories with us. 
During October 2018 we hosted a photographic weekend at the superb Indlovu River Lodge. Photo workshops abound these days so we wanted to do something slightly different. In this case we asked each attendant to present a talk about his or her own personal photographic journey and share some thoughts and ideas about their view on wildlife photography. What a great plan it turned out to be. WE had presentation that ranged from the Kgalagadi as a photo destination to the human element and even how to cope with social media when ones images go viral. We are already looking at 2019 dates so anyone who wish to join such a photo workshop do get in touch now to secure your space.

Below are some images from our guests. 

Lauren Stow

In this pic I learnt which aperture setting to use.

Focusing on something different from the norm.

Putting all the settings together to get the pic I was looking for. 
Then, just to make sure all was in place Lauren nailed this images in the Kruger National Park on her way back home!

Barbara Jensen

Barbara's thoughts: A short weekend break getting away from the city hiding away in the hide at
Indlovu River Lodge with Africa Unlocked is all one need to revive a weary city soul. The weekend was well arranged by Africa Unlocked so that one can concentrate on your photography and resting. 

Barbara shared her experiences of lions sharing her camrea at Mashatu with us. Have a look at the sequence here:

Paul Vorster

Paul's thoughts from the weekend: If “a change is as good as a holiday” then a weekend photographic workshop in a hide is worth ten! Nothing comes even close to reviving flagging spirits like being in the bush, and watching a variety of animals visiting the watering hole through was awesome. As always there was something new to learn from Albie.

Willem Kruger

Just to echo Lauren's message - thanks everybody (and especially Willehond and Freda for organizing the weekend) for a great weekend in the bush. Just what the doctor ordered! Just loved the presentations! Can wait to see how my images of the weekend will do in the international competitions (salons/exhibitions).

See more of Willems work at :

If you wish to join us for a photographic workshop please get in touch. 

Maasai Mara Migration Safari 2018

Opportunity can often come in the most unexpected forms. Often overlooked this secretary bird in great early morning light created a strikingly moody image. 
I suppose it was bound to happen. Going on a migration safari without any migration. Well during 2018 it happened. Prior to arriving I heard that the herds had unexpectedly moved on after a stay of only a few weeks. To say that we were not disappointed would be untrue. It is after all one of the world’s wildlife spectacles and when travelling halfway across the globe to see millions of wildebeest without many around certainly left its mark. However, not all was lost. The Mara is a wildlife hotspot and we did manage to see one very small group of wildebeest crossing the Mara river as well as the vast variety of predators and other wildlife making this region their home

There are already safaris planned for 2019 both for independent travelers, guided private photographic safaris and cost effective scheduled photographic trips. And its not only during the migration season either. The Mara out of season is largely devoid of people while still home to spectacular numbers of wildlife and we are indeed hosting a few safaris over that time. Do get in touch now if you wish to visit this remarkable region.

Other wildlife was spectacular as usual. Below some images from our safari.

The only crossing of the safari. A small group of wildebeest crossing the Mara river. 

Dramatic backlighting on a Giraffe at sunset. 

A leopardess walking through the grassland. 

The big cats are always a hit!

We found these two males, part of a three male coalition early one morning. The third brother is out of sight.   

Quintessential Mara. 
Possibly the most difficult thing to photograph are the vast herds. This group of Topi were part of a vast herd, most of which were out of sight.  

Backlit Topi. 

Birdwatching in camp in-between drives is spectacular. Schallow's Turaco unusually out in the open.

Another campsite special. The male Brown-throated Wattle-eye. 

Images on safari.  

Lessons from (or to) the locals.

Al fresco breakfast. 

Its possible to avoid the crowds.

Getting the shot.
Getting up close with Cheetah. 
Wanna go? Get in touch