Day 2: Masai Mara Photo Safari

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Like I said yesterday, the Mara is amazing.

So much has happened in the two days we have been here that it is almost difficult to keep track of sightings.

Just today we followed lions as they hunted, watched a female cheetah leave her four young cubs on a termite mound to chase down and kill a small Thomson’s Gazelle, watched a black rhino as she surveyed the grassy plains of the Mara and saw herds of wildebeest and zebra cross the river pretty much every time we got there.

As a wildlife destination the Masai Mara during migration season is unparalleled.  The diversity and density of game continues to blow my mind on a daily basis.

With so many subjects and scenes to photograph we have, like we do on all our photographic safaris, been focusing on different techniques and photographic principles.  This gives people the opportunity to learn new skills, refresh techniques and try new things.

Today we focused on aperture and how to use it as a story telling tool.  Along with that we played with a lot of panning techniques and how to stay in aperture mode so you can quickly switch from action stopping frames to motion blurred images.

It is important to learn the basics and understand them.

Once you will do you will be able to use that knowledge to create different images.

Gerry van der Walt - Masai Mara

So today’s lesson – learn the basics.  It is and always will be the platform you can use to create magic!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Mike Gaudaur

    Glad you are having such a great time. I just got back from the Mara. Sorry to have missed you by just a couple days. The only problem with so many animal sightings, is the daunting task of editing them all when you get home.

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