Behind The Frame: The Mid Day Heat

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Andrew Masai Mara Wild Eye-0224

Canon 1DX, 16-35mm @ 35mm and F8.0, ISO 250, 1/400


The question of “What makes a photo safari different?” popped up a couple of times during this weekend’s Durban Road Trip.

Apart from having a dedicated photographic guide who hosts and provides in the field tuition and guidance, the main differentiating factor is the fact that we tend to spend a lot more time at sightings.

This particular instance was a good  example where one of our vehicles spent most of the afternoon with this pair of mating lions in the Masai Mara. Often just by spending time in a sighting one is treated to incredible photographic opportunities, moments which would otherwise have gone un-documented.

Think of a film crew focussing on a specific species. Without fail the crew will stick with and spend as much time with their subjects as possible in order to capture those illusive moments of magic – that moment when a lioness first introduces her cubs to the rest of the pride, the moment a leopard pounces on an impala, or that moment a cheetah dashes across the open plains after a gazelle.

If you’re relying on luck to simply pull into a sighting and be there for that pivotal moment, chances are you’re going to need a lot of luck!

For me, what makes a photographic safari so special is that our groups of like-minded individuals are happy to sit in one location and spend time with our subjects, waiting to capture that moment.

Even if that means sitting with a mating pair of lions in the mid day heat.

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Very few people can tell you what their passion in life is. Even fewer will be able to tell you that what they do for a living is in fact their passion. My love for the bush and conservation took me on journey which would not only allow me to explore the continent which fascinates me so much, but to share my passion for photography and conservation with others. Be sure to check out my my website and instagram account.


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      Andrew Beck

      I can only imagine how ready you guys are Joni!

      I’ll be in Amboseli next month and will be sharing some images from their as well – in case you weren’t excited enough!

  1. Anja Gröbel

    I totally agree with your article. We often spend days in the bush and the best ones ever where the days in The Masai Mara.
    Leaving at 6 in the morning packed with braekfast and lunch and we did not return before darkness fel in. We did this several times with the same guide, own car and the Mara completely for ourselves . 10 days long same thing every day ! When the everage tourist returns to camp for lunch at the heat of the day things happen, Just wait ….
    I cannot wait to be back in the bush again.

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      Andrew Beck

      I agree with you 100% Anja. We too encourage our guests to spend as much time out in the field during our great migration safaris and have never been disappointed in the sightings that we get.

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