Trip Report: Pilanesberg Day Trip

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Gerry, Penny and I recently accompanied three Crawford College Lonehill students – Gaby, Tayla & Tenaya – to Pilanesberg National Park for a day long wildlife & nature photography practical course.

I currently run photography workshops for all age groups at the school, covering the basics through to a more advanced level.  Even though it was heading into their end of year exams, these three jumped at the opportunity.

An early start to the trip and a good chance of thundershowers meant that we arrived at the park just in time for a dramatic sunrise over Mankwe dam. After a quick breakfast we got the girls’ creative juices flowing with some ideas and techniques and they were off! The benefits of having the three of us their to assist and teach when needed was very evident, as with each frame these youngsters’ images just got better and better.

The girls’ bright eyed and bushy tailed outlook on photography was fantastic to watch! There was no worrying about how good their gear was in comparison to others, how good the light was, how sharp their images were and if they were good enough for others.

Nope, none of those things that the rest of us sometimes dwell on!

All they were focused on was having fun and learning at the same time.

Check out Gerry‘s post to find out how their attitude rubbed off on him – Photograph like a child

Our main aim for the day was to put all the things the students had learned during my courses back at school and put them into practice.

Basic rule of thirds composition, exposure, focusing, etc. were covered, all whilst teaching them that the rules can also be broken! Being art students, they quickly got the hang of what we were trying to teach them and will implement these skills in the classroom and hopefully later on in life as well.

After visiting as many hot spots and hides as we could, we ended off at the Pilanesberg center for lunch and then headed home.

Thanks to Gaby, Tayla and Tenaya for a great day out, and we hope to see you all again next year!

Images from Chad

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Images from the Students

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Chad Wright

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