One Sighting, Five Images

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry Leave a Comment

All too often people get to a wildlife sighting, grab a few shots and then leave.

Wildlife photography is about working the sightings that you get and, more importantly, patience.

During our Big Cats & Tuskers photo safari we had a sighting of a lioness up a tree – great sighting with great photographic possibilities.

However, you can only take so many images of a sleeping lioness and that is where patience comes in.

While the large cat was in the tree we got some decent shots and each time she changed her position we reassessed the composition and grabbed a few shots when necessary.  What we were really hoping for was that she would come down from the tree which would make for new compositions, new shots.

It took a while but in the end we didn’t have to wait for too long to get a nice collection of images from a single sighting.

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

Wild Eye - Gerry van der Walt

The entire sequence of images was shot in a time frame of about 35 minutes.

If we had just grabbed a few shots of the lioness in the tree and then left we would have missed out on a great sighting and a great collection of images that tells the story of the sighting.

Bottom line – be patient when you are out in the field, work a sighting as much as you can and keep on looking for images that tell the entire story.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt 

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