Day 1: Great White Sharks Photo Safari

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The last few days have been great in that not only did have the opportunity to stay up to date with emails and what’s going on at the office – something not always possible when we travel on photo safaris – but I also had some time to kick back and enjoy the surroundings of a beautiful part of South Africa.

Cape Town Landscape

Yesterday, after a few meetings in the morning, Andrew and I made our way along the coast from the Strand towards Betty’s Bay.  This coastal road winds along the coast – literally, and makes for some absolutely stunning landscapes.

We stopped a few times to set up our tripods and even though I am by no means a landscape photographer I do enjoy the different approach and skill set required.

Later this week, as a part of our Great White Sharks of Seal Island photo safari, our group will be spending time at Cape Point and also with landscape photographer Kobus Tollig so that he can share some of his knowledge and experience with the group.

But before we get there we will head out to sea.  Our goal, as mentioned in this post from yesterday, is to photograph the great white sharks around Seal Island and if possible the amazing breaches they are known for.

On the same trip last year we saw many breaches including five natural predations where the sharks actually get hold of a seal, but not too many images.

It is tough!!

Not knowing exactly where the sharks will breach makes for a different kind of of action and wildlife photography but the guys from Apex Predators are amazing and they called it quite a few times.

This year, knowing a little more what to expect, we will have a better chance of getting ‘the shot’ and assisting our clients and preparing them – photographically speaking – for what to expect.

It is an amazing experience!!

So, for this first daily blog from the trip I thought I’d give you a run down of the equipment I will be using during the next few days.  There is a reason why I selected each of these pieces of equipment but will share more of the reasoning, hopefully along with some images, as the week goes on.

My equipment this week includes:

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  • Nikon D3s
  • Nikon D700 with MB-D10 battery grip
  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 1.4x and 2.0x tele-converters
  • Macbook Pro 13″ with Lightroom 4 and CS6
  • iPad 2
  • Pro Elite Backpack from Clik Elite SA
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We are locked and loaded and ready for the week!  From this afternoon we will be meeting our guests and spend some time getting to know each other, discuss photographic goals for the week and perhaps go an photograph some of the penguins around Boulders Beach Lodge.

So here we go.

Hurtling towards another amazing, and slightly different, week of wildlife and nature photography!

Great White Shark Photo Safari

I will be doing a daily blog for the duration of the trip so make sure to pop in and follow our adventure!   You can also follow us on Twitter where you can check out my feedAndrew’s feed or the hashtag we will be using on all our tweets during the week – #wesharks (yeah, Wild Eye Sharks)

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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