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Our team post regular content about exciting destinations, photographic tips & tricks, recent trip reports, ‘how to’ guides, wildlife and more.

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 Return to the Wild Eye Mara Camp: A Guest’s Perspective

You've heard our entire team talk about just how special the Wild Eye Mara Camp in Kenya's Mara Triangle Conservancy is - if not then where have you been hiding? I thought i'd look at sharing a guests perspective on how special the camp, the staff and the experience is. Silke Hullman is from Germany [...]

Destinations We Love: Uganda

Having just returned from Uganda and having been there a few times now, I can honestly say that it is very fast becoming one of my favorite safari destinations. Uganda is a very unique and diverse country and from the moment you arrive, no matter who it is that you speak to, will always say [...]

100-400mm ONLY in the Botswana’s Okavango Delta

The 100-400mm focal range has to be one of the most popular, versatile and accessible focal ranges to buy into. Whether you shoot Canon DSLR (100-400mm) Mirrorless (100-500mm RF), Nikon (80-400mm or 200-400mm) or prefer to use third party lenses like Sigma (150-600mm) on your choice of camera brand, the chances are that you have [...]

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 [...]

Lets Chat About: Amboseli

A safari to Kenya's Amboseli is like no other on earth! There is a fair sized chunk of my heart out there at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, slowly drifting between the dry lake beds and the wetlands, stopping every once in a while to appreciated the dry scrub land and open plains while constantly [...]

Let’s Chat About: The Wild Eye Mara Camp

In this video, I chat to you about the mind blowing experience of visiting the Wild Eye Mara Camp. For those of you that have already been, I hope this sheds some new light on the experience for you and for those that have never been before then please settle in, make a cup of [...]

How to “Sharpen” with the Brush Mask

In this Lightroom tutorial, I show you how you can use your Brush Masking tool to "sharpen" your images. It works particularly well for creatures that are rather hairy and have a good number of whiskers and eye lashes. However, I am sure you will find many uses for this once you dig into your [...]

A Safari In April

Has your dream been to go on safari in April? Or perhaps to just go on a safari? You're in luck! The Amboseli & Lake Nakuru safari is around the corner (19-29 April 2022) and we have only one space left on this safari. Over the past four years, this safari has produced absolute magic [...]

What Should My ISO Be?

This is a question I get asked a lot on photo safaris and there is just no hard and fast answer. For some reason many people get stuck on ISO and the role it plays while out on safari.  If you find yourself asking this question, it might be worth your while to take a few [...]

My Lightroom Shortcuts

For those of you who have read my blogs until now have probably noticed how much emphasis I put on workflow. The quicker and easier we perfect the workflow the more time we spend editing rather than looking for files or getting bogged down on downloading and sorting etc. On the safaris I have guided, [...]

On foot with lions on a buffalo kill

Yes, you read right. Who would want to do that? You may ask. Who wouldn't want to do that? I would reply. Being on foot, vulnerable to the king of beasts, is an experience I wish upon all my photographic guests. It really does awaken your senses and your appreciation for being in their domain. [...]

My Recent Adventure

I promise, this blog won't keep you long. The soul purpose of it is to show you what we got to experience on my recent adventure. The two guests I hosted on this privately guided safari had joined us in the Masai Mara last year. What a great couple! When they reached out to plan [...]

Do Not Overthink Your Images

Do not overthink your images. Yes, understand and think about the technical basics.  Yes, have an appreciation for the various compositional elements that all work together in the frame.  Yes, think about how you put all of these things together when you click the shutter. But do not overthink your images. You need to feel [...]

Have you ever tried Rim Light Photography?

Night Photography - This is a question that almost always comes up on safari, especially in destinations where night drives are permitted. There have been numerous times when I have been out on safari, the light starts to fade and the photographers start to pack their gear away. In terms of a photographic portfolio, this [...]

Bot Removal For Instagram

If your Instagram was anything like mine where no matter what you did to try gain followers or traction, it all seemed in vain. I have spent hours on my phone (which I want back now as it was a waste of time) trying to figure out the Instagram algorithm. Well I haven't really cracked [...]

The Magic of the Mara – History and Size

A couple of years ago the Masai Mara was voted the greatest Game Reserve in the world - 5 years in a row, and there is very good reason for it. It is one of the most productive wildlife areas in the world and game viewing is fantastic all year round. The Masai Mara consists [...]

The Magic of the Mara – Things to Think About When Traveling

Traveling to the Masai Mara, Kenya during these tumultuous times can be quite intimidating and confusing. One might often not know where to even begin with paperwork and things you need to know. Luckily the Wild Eye team have their finger on the pulse and have simplified all of the nasty paperwork missions and made [...]

The Magic of the Mara – The Great Migration Explained

The two words ‘Great Migration’ give rise to a common thought. Millions of wildebeest alongside hundreds of thousands of zebra amongst a few other species crossing the formidable water of the Mara river. This thought is not wrong but there is so much more to it. The continual milling chaos of the year round great [...]

The Magic of the Mara – Migration not included

Don’t get me wrong, seeing a bunch of gnu cross a river with the off chance that a crocodile might chow one or two of them, is indeed pretty spectacular! However, the migration is exactly that. It's about waiting for and then eventually watching an incredible scene unfolding. But there is far more to the [...]

What Makes a Good Wildlife Portrait?

What makes a good wildlife portrait? The most important thing in wildlife photography is to shoot what you feel. It's about more than just capturing a slice of time and sharing what a scene or subject looked like at the time.  It's about inviting the viewer of your image to get lost in the frame [...]

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