Favourite 40 of 2014 Part 4

11th 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.



Watching you ! - This image was taken in the Timbavati Game reserve at Simbavati river lodge South Africa, there were 3 Leopards in this sighting a female and her two sub adult male cubs, we chose to photograph the Leopard in the tree, he was comfortably resting up a Marula tree, as dusk approached we switched on our lights, the spotlight and dusk provided a perfectly exposed image of the Leopard as he watched us down below.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F4 lens
ISO 3200
F 4
1/320 sec
0 EV



Impala silhouette - A Image from Phinda Game reserve in South Africa, we had specifically been looking for silhouette images and the ridge provided great opportunities but there was nothing to photograph on the ridge, we sat and waited and then a herd of Impalas cam grazing onto the ridge, exactly what we wanted, I exposed for the background and the sun breaking through the clouds while the male Impala walked along the ridge line.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F4 lens
ISO 400
1/800 sec
F 5.6
0 EV



Quiver tree sunset – On a Landscape photography trip to Namibia we stopped off at the Quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop, on this specific afternoon a massive rain storm had just passed by and the afternoon sun broke through the clouds providing a spectacular backdrop to the magnificent Quiver trees, I exposed for the background and used fill flash on the trees.
Nikon D4
Tokina 16-28 mm F 2.8 lens
ISO 400
1/320 sec
F 6.3
0 EV



Rim lit lion - A Photograph taken in Machaba in Botswana, after a long search we had found a pride of 3 lions, 2 females and this young male, they had been moving through the bush and we had been trying to get a rim lit image but without much success, we positioned the vehicles to try and photograph the lionesses who were in the lead but they started to move before we had got into position, the male Lion following behind lay down in the perfect position allowing us just enough time to get our exposures correct and snap a few images before he stood up again to catch up to the females.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 200-400 F 4 lens
ISO 2500
1/80 sec
F 4
0 EV



Final Approach - This Image was photographed at Elephant Plains in the Sabi Sand Game reserve South Africa, we were having a coffee stop one morning and the Yellow-billed Hornbills came flying in to land in a nearby tree, I managed to get his image of one of the Hornbills moments before it landed, wings out and air brakes on !
Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 640
1/4000 sec
F 6.3
- 1/3 EV



Hi Mom – This image was taken at Duba Plains in Botswana on a drizzly morning, the sun was starting to break through the cloud in the background creating a wonderful orange glow, a baby Elephant that had been playing off to one side rushed over to its Mom and greeted her.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 300 F2.8 lens with 2x Convertor
ISO 2500
1/500 sec
F5.6
+2/3 EV



Last Light – A Lioness 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 with the last bits of light in the sky.
Cam Ranger
Nikon D4
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 3200
1/80 sec
F 4
0 EV



Lion Dawn - A Image from Phinda Game reserve in South Africa , this Lioness had caught a Wildebeest in the plains and had brought her 3 cubs to feed, we left the lodge early to get on the plains before sunrise, the decision paid off and the lioness called her cubs around her in the early morning, I exposed for the sky and used fill flash to illuminate the Lions, the moment didn’t last long before the cubs scattered in all directions chasing each other.
Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-200 F 2.8 lens
ISO 500
1/500 sec
F 4.5
0 EV
SB 910 Flash



Through the Doorway - On a Landscape photography trip to Namibia we stopped off at Kolmanskop ,a deserted mining town, I had seen images of Kolmanskop many years ago and I had always wanted to photograph it for myself, finally I had a opportunity to do so, I love this image taken in the early morning as the sun shone through the window and the doorway framing the rest of the image.
Nikon D800
Tokina 16-28 mm F 2.8 lens
ISO 160
4.0 sec
F 16
0 EV



The face off ! A white Rhino in Africa that had walked up to our vehicle, she stood watching us for ages ! I used my Cam ranger and monopod to get a low angle image of this great beast as she stood eyeballing us ! eventually she seemed to have satisfied her interest in us and she slowly moved off.
Nikon D4
Nikkor 80-400 F 4.5 – 5.6 lens
ISO 400
1/800 sec
F 5.6
0 EV

Comments

Photo comment By Christiaan Kotze: The low angel Cam ranger pics is a game changer !!!!! Great

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