The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most exciting wildlife destinations!
It is arguably the best place to find leopards, and will satisfy the needs of any safari fanatic in search of the other 4 members of the big 5. This place delivers each and every time.
Sadly though, whenever I speak to photographers about this excting wildlife destination, I far too often hear it branded as a place for only tight portraits of wildlife. There’s a distinct lack of images portraying the actual beauty of the landscape, the essence of what the Sabi Sand is all about.
Yes, I completely agree that the Sabi Sand area can become rather densely vegetated during the summer time. That said, always keep an open mind when visiting an area. Always look around you for the opportunity to capture images that include some bits and pieces of the surrounding landscape.
There’s so much beauty to be found with this wildlife paradise.
When photographing leopards, undoubtedly people will reach for the longer lenses and get right in there in a leopard’s face! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that and you will no doubt get great results. Once you leave the sighting behind, why not look back and think about a slightly wider shot? Have a look at the image below, not too bad is it?
Waterholes and river’s are great locations to think of wide-angle photo opportunities.
It will give you a different perspective, and also add identity to your image. The Sabi Sand Wildtuin has a very distinctive look, and on wider images becomes rather easy to recognize. This sets the image apart and allows people to identify with your travels and experiences.
On the flip side, there’s often animals very close to the vehicle. This allows you the opportunity to get some wider images of animals such as elephants.
Elephants here are very relaxed with the vehicles. The often encounter the vehicles out on safari, and tens to get within a meter or two at times. Reach for your wide angle lens and capture the stunning skies and beautiful landscape, all whilst giving viewers a different perspective on your subject.
Alway try and challenge yourself to capture your subjects within their surroundings. Often images that do not look that great on the back of your camera screen, will look far better once viewed on your PC or Mac back home!
The Sabi Sand Wildtuin offers spectacular scenery and landscapes, and with a little bit of thought you can capture a side to this stunning destination few before you have.
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