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.
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,