Sabi Sabi Photographic Tuition 27 Feb - 1st March 2015

09th March 2015
I hosted Ken and Jill from Australia for a few days on a Wildlife Photographic Safari at Sabi Sabi Little bush camp.

Both Ken and Jill are photographers and we spent time over lunch and before game drive discussing Wildlife photography and setting their cameras up to best suit Wildlife photography, we made some changes in the cameras menu as well as focusing and metering adjustments as well as a few other items, we were now ready to start our safari.
The First Afternoon was very cloudy and overcast, we had a quick sighting of a Rhino as he patrolled and marked his territory, we tried a few panning images of him as the conditions were perfect and the low light helped us to get the slow shutter speeds we were after, a short while later the heavens opened up and the light drizzle turned into a proper rainstorm, at this point we decided to head back to the lodge to dry off and get some dinner.

The following morning we started off our day with some photographs of Zebra and then we headed off to the South of the reserve to go and see the 3 Sand river Male Lions and 3 of the Southern pride females as they were finishing off the last pieces of a young Elephant they had caught 2 nights before.

One of the Male Lions was feeding on the carcass when we arrived and for the next 20 minutes he fed until one of the females approached him, the Lion went and checked the females reproductive status and she urinated on demand and he then proceeded with a beautiful Flehmen display and we furiously photographed this interaction. After his Flehmen display and after satisfying himself the Lioness was not receptive he went to lay down, at this point all 3 Lionesses found a space around the carcass and stripped off the last remaining pieces of meat.

The rest of the morning we spent photographing general game and we also tracked a Female Leopard that proved elusive and we could not find her, finally we headed back to the lodge for some breakfast.

After breakfast I spent time with Ken and Jill and I showed them how to use lightroom from start to finish, it was a successful time and afterwards Ken and Jill had a good understanding of Lightroom and how to use it going forward.

Later that afternoon we headed out on drive, we went to go and have a look at the Little Bush Female Leopard who had caught a baby Waterbuck and had stashed it high up in the thick branches of a Jackalberry tree, we watched and photographed her up in the tree, we used some fill flash to lighten her up a bit in the shadows of the tree.

While we were watching the Leopard a Male Cheetah was found on a clearing not far away from us, so after we had finished with the Leopard we headed off to look at the Cheetah, he was lying up in a clearing having a nap, a herd of Waterbuck close by were watching him and snorting at him, unhappy with the presence of a Cheetah on their clearing.

A Short While later the Waterbuck moved off and in the distance 2 Rhino approached, I can only assume they had heard the Waterbuck snorting and had come to investigate, they walked directly to where the Cheetah was lying down and when they were about 30 meters away from him they broke into a run and seemed to “Charge” at the Cheetah, when the cheetah saw this he jumped up onto his feet to run off and at this point the Rhinos stopped their charge and seemed to get a fright and they turned around and trotted off, it was a funny scene to watch but in the end everything ended peacefully. I opted to video this piece of interaction between the rhino and Cheetah which turned out great, at this point we went and had a sundowner drink and then headed off to the lodge for dinner.

The following morning we unfortunately did not go out on game drive as Ken and Jill had a early departure, we had a great time at Sabi Sabi and we had seem some great sightings and interaction and we had captured some good photographs.

All images photographed using a Nikon D4 and D800 cameras as well as Nikkor 200-400 F4 lens and Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 lens, SB 910 Flash.

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