Slow It Down

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Apart from a whole lot of wildebeest and zebra we had a lot of fun playing with different types of images during our recent photo safari in the Masai Mara.

Vultures are a very common part of the great migration story and with a lot of mortalities, both in and around the Mara river, you can get some great wildlife images if you just take the time.

On this specific occasion we sat watching a group of vultures fighting over the remains of a wildebeest that got stuck in the river.

What struck me was that many of the other ‘photography’ vehicles stopped for a second, tried to see what we were photographing, gave us a strange look and carried on – looking for the stock standard images.

After everybody got the ‘freeze-the-action’ type shots I suggested we play with slow shutter speeds to create different images of the scene.  For one, blurring the water would give the scene a whole different look and creating artistic motion blurs of the large birds in flight is always fun.

The range of images that the people were able to capture was awesome!

Some had the birds sitting dead still while others had a feathery blur above the dead wildebeest as the birds ‘discussed’ who it belongs to.

When we head back to the Mara tomorrow for our next photographic safari I am most definitely going to suggest that we do more of this.

It’s challenging, great fun and apart from some pretty cool images it is, when using aperture priority mode, a great way to understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed.

In between all the explanations and talking, which I tend to do a lot of, I was able to grab a few images as well.

This was one of my favorites from that particular sighting with a few other being held back.  For now.

Gerry van der Walt - Vultures in the Masai Mara

Nikon D3s, 420mm, 1/10, f/45, ISO 200

The lesson?

Don’t always just get the ‘standard’ shots.

Try different things.

Slow things down and then speed them up again and, as always, enjoy the experience.

Take the time – it’s worth it!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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