Elephant Plains Photographic Tuition Feb 8-10

12th February 2015
I hosted Ernst and his family from The Netherlands on a Photographic safari at Elephant Plains, Ernst wanted to learn more about his camera and how to photograph Wildlife.

After Lunch on the first day we went through the cameras menu and functions and set the camera up in the best possible way for Wildlife photography, after that we were ready to start our first drive. We had a good start to our first drive, we saw a small herd of Elephant as well as Impala, kudu, Wildebeest some Zebra that we tried a few panning images on and then we went to have a look at the 5 Birmingham male lions as they were feeding on the last bits of a very smelly Buffalo kill and we also watched as 2 of the lions had a afternoon drink, I talked Ernst through the processes of Wildlife photography, focus, composition and my changes in ISO as well as exposure adjustments , Ernst did a great job and produced some good photographs.

The next Morning we set off in search of a Leopard, we were lucky enough to find 2 Leopards that morning, the Anderson Male Leopard as well as Salayexe but unfortunately for us there were no real photographic opportunities, both Leopards were in thick bush and tall grass making photography rather challenging, nonetheless it was great to see them. We also saw a variety of general game and 2 Buffalo bulls cooling off in the mud of a shallow pool of water, we also spent some quality time at the local Spotted Hyena den, it was super fun watching the pups play and then finally we headed back to camp for a hearty breakfast.

After Breakfast Ernst and I spent time on Lightroom, he had not used Lightroom before so I spent time showing him how to import and catalogue his images as well as develop and export them for use.

That afternoon we set off again on game drive hoping to improve on the Leopard pictures from the morning, we searched the areas where we had left the Leopards in the morning but they had moved on and we could not find them, we did however spent quality time with some Rhino as they wallowed in the mud and a herd of Elephants as they grazed, we ended off the drive with a sighting of the 5 Birmingham male lions as they slept in the late afternoon, one of the Lions briefly raised his head and yawned which we managed to capture using the spotlight, we left the Lions peacefully sleeping and headed back to camp.

The following morning was the last morning I would be with Ernst and we again searched for the elusive Leopards but luck was against us and although we found tracks for them we could not find them, we headed back to the lodge a bit disappointed but as we got close we found a herd of zebra and Wildebeest on the airstrip that were in great light and we got some great pics of them.

I was very happy with the few days at Elephant plains and the good progress that Ernst had made with his Photography, he had really improved a lot and had taken some great photos.


Photo comment By Connie Christoff: I have enjoyed your photography on Facebook. I found you through Inyati. You are a true artist and depict these magnificent animals with such integrity. Thank you

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