Favourite 40 of 2014 Part 2

09th December 2014
2014 has been a great year Photographically speaking for me! I have led 7 scheduled photographic safaris, hosted 10 private photographic safaris and held 3 photographic workshops working with a total of 87 guests from all over the Globe, I have been fortunate enough to lead Safaris in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.

I don't know exactly how many images I have taken in 2014 but it is a good number ! and unlike back in 2005 when I was still shooting on Slide film and I had to limit my shooting to one roll of film per week we now no longer have those restrictions and if the game viewing is good I can shoot up to 3500 images on a 4 day safari.

A lot of images end up in the recycle bin but there are some keepers as well ! Here are my Favourite 40 of 2014 in random order with a bit of info on each image, I have enjoyed taking every single photograph and spending every single hour with my guests and helping them take great wildlife images as well.

Often my Favourite images are not necessarily the best images but it may have been a special sighting or we worked really hard to get the image in the bag when the planning and hard work really paid off.



Golden Lion - This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, we were following a small pride of Lions walking through a thicket of Acaia and Guarri trees, we decided to loop around and intercept the Lions as they emerged from the thickets, the move paid off and as every lion walked past this spot in the bush the setting sun behind them provided almost perfect light, the male lions mane showed off the suns rays perfectly.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 1250
F 5.6
1/320 sec
- 1/3 EV



Quiver tree Star trail - On a Landscape photography trip to Namibia we spent a few days at the Quiver tree forest close to Keetmanshoop, I had photographed the trees in all possible light you can imagine and the final thing left for me to do was to try a star trail, I looked around for a suitable tree and set up my tripod with camera, after a few test shots I was ready to try the first star trail, I was happy with the result.
Nikon D800
Tokina 16-28 mm F 2.8 lens
ISO 50
20 minute exposure
F 2.8
0 EV
Tripod and cable release



A dogs Life - – This image was photographed at Sabi Sabi South Africa in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve , we had been tracking these wild dogs over a period of 2 days, catching sporadic views of them as they hunted and ran through the bush, on the last morning of our visit we caught up with the dogs as they rested in the morning after a successful hunt, I used Cam Ranger and a monopod attached to the camera to get this low angle image of the dogs as they rested.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 250
F 5.6
1/500 sec
0 EV
SB 910 Flash



Golden Waxbill – A Blue waxbill photographed at Zimanga game reserve close to Pongola in South Africa, Zimanga has some amazing bird hides and one afternoon while spending time in the hide I captured the image of the Waxbill moments after it had landed onto the edge of the drinking trough, the light reflecting off the bush in the background was amazing.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 300 F 2.8 lens with 1.7 x convertor
ISO 500
1/200 sec
F 7.1
0 EV



Chasing Queleas – A Image from Phinda Game reserve in South Africa, we had been searching for this Cheetah and her 2 young cubs on the Plains in the north of Phinda, finally we found them walking towards a Lala Palm thicket in the distance, I had hoped to get some images of the cubs playing but that was not to be ! suddenly the mother Cheetah took off chasing something we had not seen, as she got closer a big flock of Reb billed Queleas flew up in front of her, she had been chasing the birds but even her great speed was not quite enough to catch the birds ! What a amazing sight.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 80-400 F 4.5 – 5.6 lens
ISO 400
1/1250 sec
F 5.6
0 EV



A Face in the Dark – This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, this spotted Hyena was feeding off a old Kudu carcass, it was a tight spot and only one vehicle could view the Hyena at any given time, as we were making space for another vehicle to take our spot I used their lights to Illuminate the Hyenas face from the side.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 1600
F 4
1/320 sec
0 EV



Hey Mom ! – A Image from Inyati Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game reserve in South Africa, after 3 days of searching on our last morning we finally found this female Leopard and her two cubs, they were all up in a tree soaking up the morning sun before the female led her cubs down the tree and through the bush to a nearby ditch where she would ultimately hide them for the day, on route to the ditch the cubs were playing and chasing each other, one of the cubs climbed this this tree and its mom walked over and watched her cub, she almost seemed to be giving it a look of encouragement.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 640
1/1600 sec
F 5
-1/3 EV



Eagle in the sky – This image was photographed at Sabi Sabi South Africa in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve after a rainy day, at sunset the clouds parted and for about 15 minutes we had beautiful colors in the sky, after the rain flying termites emerged and this Wahlbergs Eagle swooped down and sat on a nearby fallen over tree branch silhouetted against the evening sky before it hopped down to the ground to feed on the Termites.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-440 F4 lens
ISO 220
1/500 sec
F5.6
-1.0 EV



With Mom ! - A Lioness and her cub photographed at Inyati Game lodge in the Sabi Sand Game reserve in South Africa, we had spent some time with a pride of 2 lionesses and 2 sub adult cubs, as the light faded we used the spotlight to illuminate the lions, the lions were lying in a small clearing that was ideal for the Cam Ranger, a wireless device that connects to your camera and allows you to use the camera wirelessly through your phone or i-pad, I lowered the camera down the side of the vehicle and focused using Cam ranger resulting in this great low angle shot of the mother and cub.
Cam Ranger
Nikon D4
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 3200
1/125 sec
F 4
0 EV



The Spat - A Male Cheetah and a Spotted Hyena photographed at Inyati Game lodge in the Sabi Sand Game reserve in South Africa, we had been following the Cheetah as it searched for a potential meal and he was also scent marking as he went, while the Cheetah was sniffing a fallen over tree this Spotted Hyena approached the Cheetah probably to see if the Cheetah had caught anything that it could steal. The Cheetah took exception to this intrusion of its privacy and lashed out at the Hyena, I think the Hyena was surprised by this attack by a animal that Hyenas usually dominate but in a split second the Hyena recovered its composure and went after the Cheetah, chasing it furiously but the Cheetah was too quick and managed to escape unharmed.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 400
1/1250 sec
F 5
0 EV

Comments

Photo comment By m hofer: You have a very admiring fan of your wonderful eye and heart for wild things. Many good wishes for further inspirational work and enjoyment of the Art!!
Photo comment By Robb: I see here a more detailed account of the cheetah / hyena encounter. Good to know all ended well. Keep up the good work. Robb

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