Trip Report: Svalbard Arctic Expedition 2024

It's been 11 years since my first visit to Svalbard, and I'm still just as overwhelmed and enamoured with the place as I was the very first time. There is something very raw and beautiful in the cold Arctic landscapes, and being able to immerse yourself in it completely is something that, for me, elevates [...]

Just a GOOD Story | Chaotic Guests

In this edition of Just a GOOD Story, I look back to 2006 when I was a lodge manager in the Madikwe Game Reserve. This particular group of guests made for an 'interesting' safari experience and when I one-day write my book about safari stories they will be sure to feature. The Safari and hospitality [...]

7 years of shooting with OM System

What has it been like shooting with Olympus, now OM System, for the last 7 years? Has it been worth it? Well, the short answer would be yes, absolutely, but I'm sure you'd like a longer, more detailed answer, so grab a cup of coffee and allow me to share my experience with you. Right, [...]

Clothing for safaris and expeditions

I'm sure you've heard the quote that goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.” This quote was originally coined by Alfred Wainwrigh in 1973 in his book Coast to Coast, and even though it's now more than 50 years later, the point he was trying to make still holds true. [...]

10 Facts: Orcas & Northern Lights

Encountering Orcas & Northern Lights in the wild are two extraordinary experiences that nature offers. Both are rare and elusive, captivating the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to witness them. In this blog post, we will delve into 5 fascinating facts about each of these natural wonders. From the intelligence and cultural diversity [...]

How to Photograph in Cold Environments

How to photograph in cold environments. As a lover of cold, icy destinations, I'm excited to share some thoughts and tips for photographing in these wonderfully harsh conditions. Whether you're a brand new photographer eager to refine your skills or a well-travelled amateur or pro seeking fresh challenges, this blog post is aimed at helping [...]

Trip Report: Svalbard Arctic Expedition 2023

I have just returned from my favourite destination anywhere on the planet. Svalbard. From the first time I hosted a Wild Eye expedition there in 2013 I fell in love the harsh beauty of the white wonderland at the top of the world and this year I was reminded of why Svalbard is such in [...]

Behind the Frame: Polar Bear

In this episode of Behind the Frame I share some details on one of the amazing polar bear sightings I shared with my guests during my recent Svalbard Arctic Expedition. I share some info on how to photograph in Arctic conditions and then look at how you could go about processing a polar bear image [...]

Meet the Wild Eye team

We have an incredible team at Wild Eye. Yeah, I might be biased but I'm convinced we have one of the best travel, photographic and guiding teams in the game.  The way we managed to fight through Covid, the level of our in the field education and inspiration, our incredible finance and logistics ream and [...]

Where is your focus in wildlife photography?

It's often been said that the more you know the better it gets. I also then believe that the more intentional you are with whatever you do, the better your outcome will be. This is kind of where I got the idea for this episode of The Wild Eye Podcast in which I ask where [...]

The Lion and the Lamb

A morning filled with mixed emotions on the Busanga Plains. We don’t understand why this adult lioness took so long to end the life of this young Lechwe but, nonetheless, this will be a sighting that I will remember forever. Thanks to our amazing guide Isaac Kalio for pin point accuracy on the vehicle positioning [...]

Masking in Lightroom 101

The updated masking feature in Lightroom is one of the biggest and most impressive updates in a very long time.  it has literally changed my workflow and cut down my time in Photoshop quite a bit. In this video on the Wild Eye YouTube channel I walk you through the basics of all the different [...]

What lens should I take on a photo safari?

Let me answer that question for you. A 70 - 200mm f/2.8. You're welcome. Okay, now on a serious note.  This is one of the most common questions I get asked and one that I think a lot of people overthink. In episode 402 of The Wild Eye Podcast I share some thoughts on this [...]

A different approach to composition

In episode 401 of The Wild Eye Podcast I share a few thoughts on, and a different way you can think about your composition. Yes, the rule of thirds is an okay starting place but it doesn't always leave you with the visual energy, visual mass and balance that your images might need.  In this [...]

Processing 27 guest images from Iceland

If you have some time and you want some ideas for your own image processing and some inspiration then don't worry.  I've got you covered. In the video below I process 27 guest images from Iceland.  You see, we were nice and busy on the tour and, as with any other tour, I'd much rather [...]

How to prepare for your Svalbard expedition

Svalbard is without a doubt the quintessential bucket list destination.  It is a beautifully harsh place that holds your fascination from the moment you arrive. For an expedition of this nature you need to pack and prepare well so in order to assist the guests travelling with me soon, I have put together a video [...]

Wildlife photography with the Olympus mirrorless system

I have always believed that it's not about the gear you use but rather what you do with it.  The reality is that you can create amazing wildlife images with any camera brand and, to me, the more important thing the last is the experience of my photography. For the last 6 years I have [...]

Iceland as a destination

Since the first time I set foot in the Arctic I knew I found a place that speaks to me.  I'm not sure if it was the cold air on my face, the dark, rough mountains contrasting with the soft white snow or something deeper than that. Either way, I knew I liked it. A [...]

The power of one

The great migration is, as the name suggests, great and the scale of the even can sometimes make it difficult from a photography point of view. You see, people often think that the more subjects you have to photograph, the easier it is.  On the contrary, the more subjects there are the more intentional you [...]

Iceland in winter vs Iceland in summer

Often when speaking to people about safaris and tours the conversation naturally goes to destinations they've visited and destinations that would still like to visit.  I find it pretty sad that people will say often something like "no, I've already been to the Mara / Madikwe / Svalbard so I'd rather go somewhere new". The [...]

Talking through an image

All too often in photography, people either overthink or underthink their images.  Some people like to look at the details and analyse their images to the point where it becomes counter-productive and only serves to create doubt and a lack of confidence in their own ability. It is good to talk about your photography and [...]