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Guest Portfolio: South Luangwa as seen by Raymond Stone

Marlon duToit All Authors, Guest 10 Comments

I would love to showcase a portfolio to you, all captured on a recent safari to the incredible wilderness that is South Luangwa.

I hosted Raymond Stone on a 8-day private photo safari recently, and to say he captured beautiful images would be a complete understatement! In fact, you could easily take him for a professional wildlife photographer, someone completely skilled & experienced with his equipment in the field.

That however, is not who Raymond is.

Raymond was born in South Africa yet has lived abroad for over 30 years. There’s no doubt that Africa still burns in his heart, this is evident in the fact that he’s been on safari well over a 100 times over the years since he has left. He loves it, he loves every second of being out there, immersed within wild encounters with lions & elephants, the thrill of tracking a leopard on foot, the complete & utter enjoyment of sipping a ice-cold gin & tonic as the African sun dips below the horizon.

He loves Africa, there’s simply no doubt.

Raymond found me on Instagram & once we connected he wanted me to guide him on a private safari, and help him reach the next level with his photography.
Like many, Raymond did a few classes & online tutorials, not a bad thing at all but incomparable to time in the field – as he was soon to find out.

I want you to sit back and enjoy this visual journey with me. I want you to keep in the back of your mind, that these images were captured by someone that’s never used professional equipment, never been on a dedicated photo safari, and never used post-processing programs.

I present to you, the work of Mr Raymond Stone.

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wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

wild eye, south luangwa, raymond stone, guest blog

How rediculously incredible are these images?

Can you believe that they were taken by someone completely inexperienced when it comes to pro camera bodies or large fixed-telephoto lenses.

What’s the secret though?

Well, it’s simple. Raymond listened, and Raymond took everything in that I told him. He applied what he learnt in the field and it all worked together amazingly well!

I made sure that Raymond and I used the same equipment. We shot side-by-side and I was able to relay settings to him that I knew would work. But he also began understanding these settings and very often he would be on the right track even before I called the settings out to him.

Raymond, you’ve done exceptionally well! You can be so proud of yourself for achieving progress few people will ever achieve. I look forward to our next adventure together.

Thanks to everyone for reading along.
Now you can see the power of a photo – the incredible images you can capture with an experienced mentor by your side.

Till next time,

About the Author

Marlon duToit

Passion, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst to explore and introduce you to our natural world’s wildlife perfectly sums up my ambitions. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Through my African adventures I kept my photographic passion alive. Behind a camera aimed at a lion or a leopard is where I am most at home, my heart skipping a beat at the mere thought of it. My intention has never been solely for recognition but for the plight of what’s left of our natural recourses. Using my love and understanding of wildlife I am able to convey to the viewer more than an image or a fleeting moment. I aim to tell a story, to bring that moment alive to you and to capture your heart through it.

Comments 10

  1. Mary Moy

    I also am a complete novice . I had my first visit to Sth L.N .P in 2011 . A Fuji Digital and a Sony Cam Corder was all I had and I still say some of my photos were as good, I think, as a 7D the professionals use. I will be back to Sth L.N.P in September for my third visit. Can’t wait. My favourite destination .

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      Marlon duToit

      It’s all about who’s behind that camera Mary. Many people out there use the best kit around and take horrible images. It’s about how you use it, and South Luangwa is not the worst place in the world to practise 😉

  2. Sandi Allan

    Raymond , gosh how lucky were you to see all that you did .What amazing sightings . So great that you could share that with us . Marlon is an awesome teacher !

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      Marlon duToit

      We were extremely lucky but that’s South Luangwa for you – such an incredible place! Thanks also for the kind words Sandi, can’t wait for our safari together to this incredible wilderness next month.

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      Marlon duToit

      You will be and soon! I will send you details on the 2017 trip in a day or two at most. Thanks so much for reading along!

  3. Nick de Jongh

    Fantastic shots well done Raymond. Good for you guys for show casing his work. It must bring a smile to your faceI’m an ex guide and ranger living in Canada now and his success reminds me of. The true pleasure I used to see on clients that I guided when experiencing Africa , I have been following you guys for some time now , this makes me home sick.

    Your job is done 🙂

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      Marlon duToit

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read along, and thank you so much for all the support over the year. It really means alot! We love what we do and being able to share our work, the work of our guests and everything in between is something we really enjoy doing.

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