There’s something about Mana Pools.
It’s the quality of the overall experience, the wilderness, the connection with nature.
For photographers, it’s also the quality of the light. The light is soooo right.
During our photographic safari to Mana in August 2014, we spent one particular afternoon on foot with a gentle elephant bull. To those who frequent the area he is known as “Fred Astaire” because of the dubstep he performs when going into bipedal mode to reach the juicy leaves and pods of the winterthorn trees.
As the sun was setting, our Zimbabwean guide and I positioned our guests so that we could capture the sun’s last rays filtering through the forest before it sank behind the Zambian escarpment (a bit easier to do if you can just walk around to the correct position, being on foot in Mana rocks). Anticipating the opportunity for incorporating a starburst into the shot, I suggested they increase their apertures to a high number like f11, f16 or f22 if their lenses allowed it, to enable them to capture this…given the low light this was a challenge as you need to trade off ISO and shutter speed for aperture.
There are still limited spots left to join me or Marlon in Mana Pools this year.
It truly is a place that cannot be explained fully in words or images, it needs to be experienced.
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