Favourite 40 of 2014 Part 3

10th 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.



Cheetah sunset - A Image from Phinda Game reserve in South Africa, I always love images with the sunrise or sunset in the background, this afternoon we had been following 2 male cheetah as they walked through their territory scent marking as they went, we photographed the Cheetah with the sun behind us and as the light started to fade we changed our position and we photographed into the sun, exposing for the background and using fill flash on the Cheetah, everything worked beautifully on that afternoon, it is difficult to get all the elements to come together and I have tried on many occasions to get the shot without success but on that day everything worked perfectly.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 80-400 F 4.5 – 5.6 lens
ISO 250
1/640 sec
F 5.6
0 EV
SB 910 flash



Heron reflection - A Image from Phinda Game reserve in South Africa, we were heading off to search for the South pride of lions in Phinda and the road passed by a large dam, a Green backed Heron was sitting on a log in the early morning seemingly sunning itself, we stopped and positioned the vehicle for the best possible angle and then we spent the next 20 minutes photographing the Heron as it moved around a bit and did some morning ablutions before flying off, I like the reflection and simplicity of the image.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 300 F 2.8 lens with 2 x convertor
ISO 250
1/640 sec
F 5.6
0 EV
Vehicle bracket with gimbal head



Looking back - This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, we had been following this female Leopard along a dry riverbed and the thick bush made it impossible to photograph her as she walked along, after about 10 minutes she lay down in a small clearing and briefly looked over her shoulder at us, I managed to get 3 images before she turned around and continued her walk along the riverbed.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 80-400 F 4.5 – 5.6 lens
ISO 1600
1/200 sec
F 5.6
0 EV



Dove step ! – A Emerald Spotted wood dove photographed at Zimanga game reserve close to Pongola in South Africa, Zimanga has some amazing bird hides and one morning while spending time in the hide I captured the image of the Dove moments after it had jumped onto the edge of the drinking trough. I spend a lot of time on Game drive and sitting in this bird hide was a super experience and provided me with great images I don’t usually have access to.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 300 F2.8 lens with 2 x convertor
ISO 2500
1/2000 sec
F 8
- 1/3 EV



Trailing tail - This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, after 3 days of not seeing any Lions this pride of 12 animals were found after sunset, we went to have a look before they disappeared, as we arrived the Lions started to move again, two of the cubs were lying together and the one cub brushed past the other in typical Lion fashion with its tail trailing under the others chin.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 80-400 F 4.5 -5.6 lens
ISO 1250
1/250 sec
F 5.6
0 EV



Dune - On a Landscape photography trip to Namibia we spent a few days at Sossusvlei on the first afternoon after spending some time at Deadvlei we were heading home in the late afternoon when I noticed the beautiful shadows on this dune, it reminded me of a Elephants trunk, I had to stop and take a few images of it.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 250
1/1000 sec
F 10
0 EV



Lions and lightning ! – This image was photographed at Duba Plains in Botswana as a rain storm was in full swing ! The pride of Lions were huddled together on a small mound clearly unhappy with the rain and Lightning, I opted for a shorter focal length and fired off a series of images during the Lightning storm hoping to capture a Lightning strike.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 Lens
ISO 1600
1/500 sec
F5.6
+2/3 EV



Jump ! - This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, we went to look at 3 Cheetah that had been spotted, when we arrived we were treated to the sight of a mother Cheetah and 2 sub adult cubs playing, one of the cubs swotted at his mom and she did a spectacular leap to evade the cubs paw.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 640
F 6.3
1/2000 sec
0 EV



Hello Mom – This Image was photographed at Duba Plains in Botswana late one rainy afternoon, the Lions were on the hunt and they were wet and seemed to be unhappy in the wet weather, the Lead lioness stopped and the pride re-grouped, two of the prides cubs took this opportunity to cuddle up with their Mom in a wonderful show of affection.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F4 lens
ISO 3200
1/160 sec
F4.5
+ 2/3 EV



Spitzkoppe Night - On a Landscape photography trip to Namibia we spent a night at Spitzkoppe, a magnificent Granite outcrop, I was photographing this natural arch at night trying different techniques to try and capture the size and amazing spectacle of the arch but I couldnt quite seem to capture it correctly, finally I went and stood on one end of the Arch with my headlamp to try and give some perspective to the Arch, I quite like it !
Nikon D4
Nikkor 24-70 F2.8 lens
ISO 1600
5.0 sec exposure
F 2..8
0 EV
Tripod

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