Wide Angles on the Chobe

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Those of you who may have been following my photographic journey for a while will know that I have a passion for showing animals in their environment.

I also don’t mind which lens I am using when doing this – as an “animalscape” is sometimes nicely pulled off with a telephoto lens…it’s all dependent on how close you can get and how well you want to isolate your subjects. Early in 2014, I decided that my “resolution” in terms of my photographic growth through the year would be to capture more wide angle shots of wildlife. I don’t own any fancy drones or remote control buggies or selfie sticks so for me this meant using those opportunities when I am able to get close to my subjects wisely and making sure I have the right lens on hand to capture those images and build that specific portfolio I was after.

On the safaris that I hosted for Wild Eye last year, I also made it a point to explain to my guests what I was doing with that stubby lens on safari, and inspire them to try and capture some of the same kinds of shots and break out of the telephoto mould. One place where you are really able to flex your wide angle muscle is on the Chobe river. Our Chobe safaris are amazing experiences in-and-of themselves, but when you realise how close you can get to the animals using the modified photographic boat, you might just reach for that short lens as well.

These images were all captured along the Chobe river, using focal lengths of 100mm or shorter.





It goes without saying that these kinds of images are easier to pull off if you have large animals in your frame (like elephants and hippos). Well, the Chobe river has one of the largest densities of elephants and hippos in Africa, and the opportunities to do so are legion.



The Chobe river is a place of big elephants, bigger skies, and huge enjoyment if you are into wildlife photography!

You can join me on the Chobe river in May as we kick off this iconic safari in the Wild Eye portfolio for 2015…

Doesn’t this sound like something that could stretch you and break you out of your comfort zone in terms of wildlife photography?




Doesn’t this look like a ton of fun??

I can assure you that it is!


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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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  1. Pamela Parton

    These are awesome! Everything about these images is perfect. Awesome work as always, Morkel, but love the use of the wide angle!

    1. Morkel Erasmus

      Hi Peter. I have the Kenko Pro Circular Polariser screwed onto my 24-70mm lens nearly permanently when on safari, as it’s very handy for taming reflections and harsh light and also bringing the most out of the sky and clouds if shot at the right angle.

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