Taking Photos on Safari — Part 2
…be vigilant of the monkeys…
This is a great opportunity to get great photographs. And often there are breaks at good viewing times, so you don’t miss out on anything.
If you missed Part One, I covered some challenges, goals and expectations of shooting on safari; Here in Part Two I’ll cover photo shooting opportunities off the safari jeep; and in Part Three I will review some of my favorite photos from this trip to Victoria Falls and South Africa.
Sometimes the shots with the best framing and lighting are ones you take in camp. There is usually down time where you can explore, and the animals that hang around camp are used to people, so you might get some better shots. You’ve got some time and the animals are relaxed. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Try to get in a bit of the surrounding area to hint at the bigger environment. In both of these images the animal is still featured but we get a glimpse of a larger story. The shadows on the wall bring out the texture of the stucco. I liked the monkey positioned on the edge of the man made wall. He doesn’t quite belong here but seems right at home (this is an outdoor entertainment space for eating and celebrations).
Take advantage of unique opportunities. The only way to see the whole length of Victoria Falls is from the air, so we decided to take a helicopter ride over the falls. The rides are short and expensive — you most likely won’t be going back up tomorrow! If you end up in a situation where there is no time to practice, take a lot of shots! There is almost always something you can use.
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You have to shoot fast because you are moving, so don’t zoom in all the way — you can crop later. Also, we talked to the pilot about wanting to see some animals to take photos. He flew around two locations twice to be sure I got a shot (most vendors want to be sure you have a great experience).
Make your own footprints…
Practice difficult shots
They say practice makes perfect — and in photography this is true! Try shooting a favorite location at various times of day and see what you can make work at high noon, or when it’s overcast (my favorite time to shoot flowers up close). Experiment with trying to capture birds in flight at the waters edge. Play around a bit and challenge yourself to create a better shot in less than ideal conditions. You may be surprised at the results.
In case you missed it, in Part One I covered some challenges, goals and expectations for shooting on safari; when posted, in Part 3 I will review some of my favorite shots from this trip to Victoria Falls and South Africa.
Enjoy the journey!
Karin H Wilson
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I am Karin and I just love to share a good story — preferably with snacks! I’m particularly interested in capturing the world’s beauty and wonder in photographs.
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