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Be Inspired By: 2015 so far

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 6 Comments

A few days late but here we go…

I’m back in the office after hosting a private guided photo safari in Madikwe while Marlon, Jono and Andrew are still in the field hosting photo safaris and private workshops.  Yeah, we’re crazy busy and we’re absolutely loving it!   There has been a few changes in the Wild Eye office and the new streamlined backend means that we are able to spend even more time out in the field sharing our passion with clients and guests.  You will be seeing some exciting changes during the next few months so stay tuned.

I loved this week’s Be Inspired By submissions and the diversity of subjects and scenes just shows how amazing nature and wildlife photography really is.  If we look past all the technical and artistic talk an image, at the end of the day, is a return ticket to a moment in time.  This image, submitted by Simon Beevers, immediately took me back to a quiet moment I had in Amboseli earlier this year during our Big Cats & Tuskers photo safari.  This is one of my personal highlights of 2015 so far and just shows how wildlife photography should be about the total experience rather than just amazing wildlife images.

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Before we get to this week’s selection of images I need to give a shoutout to all of you who mentioned the Wild Eye team in your image submissions this week.  We absolutely love what we do and it really means a lot to hear that you guys enjoy our content, find inspiration in our images and the way we teach and traveling with us.  We truly appreciate the feedback and look forward to many more amazing adventures together both in the real world online.  Thank you!!

Right, here goes with a great collection of images from 2015 so far!

Be Inspired By:  2015 so far

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Image by Dustin van Helsdingen

“Family outing for the weekend at Manyane Camp in Pilanesberg National Park 13-15 March 2015. I just received my new Tamron 150-600mm lens and on our first self-drive the afternoon of 13 March 2015, a mere 5 minutes into our drive, we came across our first black rhino sighting in Pilanesberg. What a fitting animal to be the first to be captured through my new lens. We spent about 15 minutes with this beauty, we being the only vehicle, before it disappeared into the thickets. A VERY special sighting.”

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Image by Dee Roelofsz – Through My Lens

“I have chosen this image for this weeks theme because when I look at it, it is a reminder of the goals which I set myself for my photography in 2015 & how far I believe I have come.   Those goals were/are:

  1. Learn to use & do justice to the equipment I have
  2. Improve my photographic skills all round as much as possible
  3. Learn Lightroom (still on the “to do properly” list)

I still have a long way to go to achieve these goals in full but a lot of what I have learnt so far was with the help of the Wild Eye team both before (thank you Andrew for the lesson on my camera) & during my trip to Madikwe with Wild Eye which taught me so much about photography & improving my images.  Taken in Madikwe while on the Wild Eye Bootcamp 2015.

Thanks to you all for changing the way I see the world!”

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Image by Joni Munsterteiger

“Baby Black Bears being pelted by the rain (like the one sticking out his tongue with the puddle on his head). Started shooting in raw and experimenting with different shutter speeds and ISO–learning so much watching the Wild Eye group!”

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Image by Sherry Mckelvie

“How to Relax!’ The background light was dull as it was evening, hence conversion to B & W.   Taken on a Wild Eye safari with Marlon du Toit, Serengeti 2015.”

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Image by Petri Ackermann Wildlife Photography

“Northern Kruger holiday in April 2015.  Love the northern Kruger with its beautiful rivers and massive trees.”

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Image by Sarah Zito – Life Safari Photography

“The 2 hrs we spent with this incredibly majestic and relaxed wild tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park in India were unforgettable. What makes this image one of my favourites is the intensity of the eye contact from the tigress and the way it is reflected so clearly in the pond from which she was drinking.”

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Image by Eldie Marshall

“We were on a Chimp trek at Kibale Forest in Uganda in June and this guy posed so eloquently for us.”

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Image by Charlene Koen

“This kingfisher pic was taken in Pilanesberg in March while on a photography course with Andrew Beck. As I have not long ago taken my camera off Auto, it is one of my first “sharpish” pics!!”

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Image by Chris du Plessis

“During June this year I spent hours in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, trying to improve my skills with motion blur photography.  I just love the” Bushmen Painting” feel of the shot!!”

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Image by Dave Marshak

“I’m inspired by the Wild Eye team. This April in Madikwe it was the first (of many) safaris that I really felt in tune with my camera. I wasn’t flustered with settings or worried about sharpness, it was intuitive and easy, and I could think more about image-making and less about fear of messing up a good sighting. I owe this entirely to the work Marlon has done with me. He has taught me so well, and taught me to find my own photographic vision and not to simply mimic his. I look forward to the rest of 2015 as I focus more on North America, but 2016 brings me back to Africa, and Wild Eye will once again be my ambassadors.”

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As always a huge thanks to everybody who shared their favourite images from the year so far.

It’s great to see so many different subjects and scenes and we will definitely run this theme again towards the end of the year.   Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Until next time,

Gerry

About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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