Amboseli is one of those places that simply lends itself to pulling back a touch and including more of the environment that the wildlife there calls home. I mean, can you think of a more iconic background than mount Kilimanjaro?
During last years Essential Amboseli and Tsavo Safari we spent a lot of time working the swamps in Amboseli in an effort to capture those iconic images that we all dream of. Strangely enough, whilst we had ample opportunities to capture elephants in front of a clearly visible Mount Kilimanjaro last year, it was this particular image that ended up being one of the hero shots from the trip for me.
I try to convey a sense of the nature of both my subjects and the regions that I photograph them in.
Anyone who’ been to Amboseli will know that the mountain is very rarely clearly visible and is usually shrouded in a thick blanket of cloud. This makes for incredible light and photography as I have mentioned before, but the point is that the Mountain is by its nature, mysterious.
I love how the cloud has parted for enough time and space to offer glimpse of the snow-capped peak.
I also love how a black and white conversion makes the story even stronger.
Which image do you prefer?
I’m looking forward to sharing this special place with guests in June as we return to Kenya for our Essential Amboseli and Tsavo safari. Feel free to drop me a mail if you’d like to find out more about this safari and the photographic opportunities on offer.