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Whether you’re a regular safari goer, a wildlife photography enthusiast, keen traveler, someone with a sense of adventure, or just looking to learn a little more about wildlife, our blog is for you!

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Why I Love Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. There are many reasons why I love photography, not the least of which is that a photograph (or a series of them) has the ability to convey stories to those that view them. Over the centuries people have gathered around campfires, in town [...]

What is Back Button Focus?

What is back button focusing and why is it such a game changer? So the reason I want to do a blog on this is - When I have been on safari, a number of individuals don't know what it is and end up hacking through settings, switching between AI servo(AF-C) and single shot(AF-S) which [...]

Growing As A Photographer

Growing As A Photographer Something that I have found that comes up quite often lately is, how do I grow as a photographer? How do I become a better photographer? Well, there is no set in stone, stock standard way to get better. There are multiple ways for one to improve on your skills and [...]

Using Metering Modes in Wildlife Photography

When it comes to increasing one’s knowledge in photography there are a number of ways to go about it. A problem that I had was trying to learn too much at once. My suggestion would be to break it down, take it one step at a time and only once you have a good understanding [...]

My Top 5 Lightroom Shortcuts

Lightroom is without a doubt the most widely used and powerful post-processing and cataloguing software on the market. Over the years I have become intimately familiar with the software and have found a really great rhythm and workflow when it comes to sorting through, categorising and editing images. Whilst there are many, many shortcuts that [...]

Maximize your Kruger Experience

I thought I would write a blog to describe my thoughts on the Kruger National Park, why it holds a special place in my heart as well as some helpful tips and guidelines for anyone else who wants to experience the Kruger and get the most out of their experience. Ever since I can remember, [...]

Uganda Awaits

I cannot believe that I'll be typing the following words... Uganda awaits!!! We will be arriving in Uganda in exactly a week from now for what will be one incredible adventure. After what has been a long wait, the following quote by E. M. Forster cannot be more suitable; We must be willing to let [...]

Golden Light: What to look out for

Whether you've been photographing for many years or just purchased a new camera, golden light is something that we've either heard about or seen in different images.  We are always advised to keep the sun behind us, but here are a few things to look out for when presented with that beautiful golden light. DON'T [...]

Some Helpful Wildlife Photography Tips

I decided after receiving a couple of questions on 'how to take better pictures', that I would share some of my own thoughts and helpful tips to keep in mind when building an image, whether it be before heading out into the field or perhaps in the moment whilst in a sighting. I have put [...]

Why you Shouldn’t buy/chase followers on Social Media

I have never completely understood the concept of purchasing "followers" on social media. Although, after some contemplation, it would appear that it is ultimately derived from the idea of wanting to appear more popular as an individual, or to make your business, product or service appear more successful than it may actually be in reality? [...]

Places We Love: Jamala Lodge Madikwe

Welcome to the places we love: Jamala Lodge Madikwe. Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge is a luxury boutique safari lodge in South Africa’s North West Province in Madikwe Game Reserve. Owner-managed and run, the lodge offers an intimate bush experience, where personal service and attention to detail are the cornerstones of every waking moment. The [...]

How to Photograph Large Animals

How To Photograph Large Animals Something I hear about quite a bit, not only out on safari but in general is – ‘’I find it hard to photograph the larger animals, they are so dull and dark’’. This is understandable, especially if trying to photograph elephants, rhinos and buffalo. There are a number of reasons [...]

An Action Packed Safari To the Timbavati

Reminiscing over  an action packed safari to the Timbavati. Mark and Hilary Robotham, my guests for this trip, pretty much gave me a rough idea of the experience they wanted to have over a Skype call. Having grown up in the area and knowing the Timbavati, there was only one place I had in mind, [...]

Trip Report: The Botswana Wilderness Safari | April 2021

After having spent last year seeing updates from Botswana on the spectacular recovery of the Okavango Delta from the grips of a drought in 2019, to say that I was excited to return to one of my favorite places in southern Africa would be an understatement. Three intrepid guests from Switzerland, Japan and Germany got [...]

A moment I Will Always Remember

Do you ever think back to a specific photograph or series of photographs and reminisce what happened and the events that led up to those photographs? I know we all have a portfolio of our favourite images, I know that even though I have that portfolio, there are certain images or a series of images [...]

Amboseli & Lake Nakuru Highlights

I have recently returned from what was an incredible safari throughout Kenya. In this short blog I will be sharing the Amboseli & Lake Nakuru highlights with all of you. These two destinations never seem to disappoint me. They offer endless photographic and truly special wildlife moments every single time. Apart from that, this 10 [...]

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword, A Male Lions Life

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” This isn't neccessarily the most incredible image of a male lion, but I was going through some of my older images and stumble onto this image. I sat for a while, reminiscing and remembering the whole sighting I had that [...]

My thoughts on conservation in a nutshell

This is a rather broad topic with a variety of different opinions, it’s a topic that is debated by many all over the world. From my point of view, unless you have been out in the field, and actively seen what is going on, understanding the operations that are under way and the daily tasks [...]

What you should expect from an operator and guiding team

A few years ago I joined the Wild Eye Team, after working for a very small photographic company, I decided it was time to move on and look for new growth. There were a number of reasons why I wanted to join the Wild Eye team. I want to become the best individual I can [...]

What To Do When Shooting In Harsh/Tough Light

Having been to the Masai Mara a couple of times, it inspired me to write this blog on - What To Do When Shooting In Harsh/Tough Light. The reason I want to chat about about this, is because it is a topic that comes up all the time when out on safari and there are [...]

Keep The Momentum Going

Every journey in life must start with the first step. From that point onwards, it's crucial to keep the momentum going. Now for any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action (the first step). This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to [...]

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