Guest Post: The Mara in Monochrome

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This last August the time was finally there: My mom and I were joining Gerry, Marlon and the rest of the Wild Eye team on a safari to the Masai Mara!!

I will share some pictures of my time in the Mara, all  in Black & White.  Why B&W?  Just because I like the feeling of it.

As you will see we had some amazing sightings.

I don’t want to talk too much but just share Africa’s beauty with you.  So I will just share some keywords and thoughts of what I’m looking for when I shoot.

Hope you enjoy!

One thing the Mara is known for are the big skies

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 Always look at what’s in the background

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This last one let’s me think of the blog post from Morkel on how to shoot a million animals.

Low angles can separate the subject from the foreground and background

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Try to capture motion with slow and fast shutter speeds

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Definitely DO shoot into the sun

Backlit images are awesome!

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Eye Contact

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Try different things

Shooting from a moving vehicle.

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Look different at your subject.

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Here I was trying to capture the thermal movement that the vultures use.

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Lions

We were lucky to have a group of 4 male lions near camp!!!

They made some good photographic opportunities.

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The Hunt

Speaking about luck, my mother, Marlon, our guide Tim and myself were spending the last morning with the lions.

At one moment this female decided to go for a hunt!

No words can describe the feeling of seeing that female stalking her prey.

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All in all, my mom and I had an absolutely great learning experience amongst wonderful staff and other guests!

A special thanks to the Wild Eye staff for the great ambiance the whole week!

We think of it every day and we look forward to our next trip with you all!

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Mees Kuiper

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Comments 5

  1. Andrew Cromhout

    Nice post and some great pics Mees. Takes courage to post all in B&W as I would think the natural tendency, particularly when there is good colour around, to show more in colour and the odd pic in B&W. And by the way, it works in my opinion!

  2. Lyn Leader

    Awesome moments captured so beautifully Mees. Been waiting anxiously to see some of your work. Big hugs to your mom from me and Geoff xxx

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