The Mara in Motion

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Seeing that Marlon posted on the Mara in Monochrome I thought I’d follow that up with a post of the Mara in Motion.

One thing we like to challenge our guests on photographic safaris is to use a slow shutter speed as a creative exploratory tool – whether that is through techniques like panning, static slow shutter shots or zoom blur (zooming in or out during a long exposure). You can also check out this post by Gerry for more background on this concept.

Life in the Mara is always in motion – from endless herds moving across the savanna, to big dramatic river crossings, to incessant interaction between predator and prey and predator and scavenger. This gives you plenty of opportunity to play with the various slow shutter techniques.

The obvious choice is panning along with the herds of wildebeest and zebra as they move across the savannah…



The river crossings provide another opportunity for panning as the animals cross the river, but you can also utilise what I call a “static slow shutter” option where you rest the camera securely on a beanbag and try and capture some animals sharp and some blurred with a slow exposure.




It’s also nice to play with this static slow shutter option when animals gregariously come to drink from the river.

The ever-present fear of crocodiles will cause some to be braver than others, and that’s when you can get your moment in time…


Of course, by the time you’ve come more than halfway through your Wild Eye safari you may just have had the chance to photograph predators so often that you are prepared to even play with these techniques in a lion sighting…


I hope this post has inspired you to play around with these techniques on your own trips to the bush. I know we as a team will certainly challenge and motivate you to unleash your creativity when you join us on one of our trips as well.


Until next time!

Morkel Erasmus

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Just a regular guy, camera in hand, overcome by the beauty of the African continent, and passionate about sharing this beauty with others!

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