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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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6 Images at 600mm on the Canon EOS R6

I recently hosted guests on our very first Madikwe Safari and Marataba Conservation Experience and was fortunate enough to take the wicked combination of the Canon EOS R6 body and 600mm F4.0 IS III lens for a spin (Check out the full trip report and highlights video here). This was, to an extent, by design [...]

Trip Report: Madikwe Safari and Marataba Conservation Experience | February 2021

This was a first of a kind safari which combines a focus on photography in Madikwe Game Reserve (6 nights) with an incredible opportunity for guests to contribute directly to the conservation activities in Marataba Contractual National Park (4 nights). Despite the challenges associated with travel during this difficult time we hosted guests from both [...]

Always Be Ready

Always be ready are three words that I cannot stress enough when it comes to wildlife photography. I say his because the words; "missed it" is something I hear quite regularly. In fact, too often. If I can give you a small bit of advise today, it pays to always be ready. When I host [...]

Expressing Appreciation

Take a moment to think back. How often do you find yourself sitting back, expressing appreciation for the many blessings in your life? Not enough right? Lets take a moment for some clarity; appreciation noun 1. recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. "I smiled in appreciation" synonyms: valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion "appreciation [...]

The Green Season on Safari

The Green season on safari is seen by many as a time to avoid game viewing destinations, given the fact that the vegetation is quite dense and the possibility of rain is ever present. Last week some of the Wild Eye team went on an assignment to Simbambili, situated in the Northern Sabi Sands and [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 34

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I share a moment from a late afternoon game drive at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and touch on what to look for when [...]

Why Choose a Photographic Safari

What is the difference between a safari and a photographic safari? And why should you choose a photographic safari? To many the mere words ''Photo Safari'' can be quite intimidating and automatically off putting if the individual isn't photographically inclined. If you are one of those individuals, I hope that this blog puts your mind [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 33

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I look at how to combine two images of a Forest Elephant shot in landscape orientation in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park to create a [...]

Front Row Seats

How do you feel about those forever wished upon front row seats? From personal observation over the past, almost 30 years, I've noticed that there is always such a hype around front row seats. These seats may be at a concert or theatre production. The endless debate between sitting closer or further away from the [...]

No Light Photography

No light photography... You must be wondering what mind altering parasite has found its way into my brain. I'm pleased to say that my brain is still in good health and that no light photography is a possibility. Wait, let me rephrase; almost no light photography is a possibility. When it comes to photography, light [...]

Authentic Bush Camps We Love: Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani was founded in 1989 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess in the central section of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. In 1993, the fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger were removed to allow for wildlife migration and this pristine wilderness area became known as the Greater Kruger National Park. Umlani Bushcamp is situated in [...]

What is Panning and Radial Blur?

What is Panning and Radial Blur? Why would we want to do it? Panning and Radial blur are photographic techniques which revolve around slow shutter speeds and movement. It requires a lot of practice and patience but is really fun to play around with especially when light is not on your side. In this blog, [...]

Guest Blog – A Non-Photographic Perspective

Guest Blog - A Non-Photographic Perspective Hello all, It's taken a while to write... but here it is; I just returned home from my first photographic safari. I've been on other safaris before but this was a very new experience for me because, well, I'm not really a 'photographer!' :) Apart from my iPhone, I [...]

Is Negative Space Wasted Space?

In your photography bubble, have you ever heard the terms, wasted or negative space? Then wondered... Is negative space wasted space? Or, is wasted space negative space? To then just think to yourself, is space not just space? The short answer is no. In photography, where you leave this "space" can either make or break [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 32

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I share some moments and an image from a very special sighting in the Mara Triangle Conservancy in November 2020. Schedule 1:1 Tuition Join [...]

Patience is Key

This Blog is the perfect example as to why patience is key When I was growing up, patience was not my strong point at all, but I am sure that is most kids. Patience is something that affects each of us in our daily lives and jobs, when it comes to safari and the bush, [...]

Madikwe Is A Photographic Paradise

I've recently spent some time looking back over the years. Through moments I was lucky enough to capture. A large portion of this reflection was while hosting guests at Madikwe Game Reserve. Having seen what I've seen, I can say with confidence that Madikwe is a photographic paradise. I have traveled to many incredible places [...]

Photo Merge

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could capture more of a scene you find yourself in? I do not have the lens for the job, or the animal is too close etc. Well, making use of the photo merge tool in Lightroom might just be your solution. Your answer might have been no [...]

Places We Love: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the organic architecture of Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge awakens the senses with a masterful use of texture, space and light. Everywhere there is evidence of nature at work, with almost every facet of the lodge inspired by the surrounding environment. The clean lines and natural finishes are the [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 31

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I share some moments and an image from a sighting in Amboseli National Park in November 2020. Schedule 1:1 Tuition Join Andrew beck for [...]

Experiences We Love: Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Hot air balloon safari experiences begin in the still air at sunrise. As first light sends a promising glow across the horizon at dawn, the balloon rises above the plains. The sensation of drifting above the world in silence is second only to the breath-taking views of the plains, forests and suddenly the landscape takes [...]

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