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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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Three best ways to photograph an Elephant

As I have mentioned in blogs before, I often find it difficult to photograph animals such as rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. In this blog I am going to focus on three of the best ways to photograph an elephant. When it comes to photography, many of us tend to get caught up in the technical [...]

We left nothing to chance and effected change!

In March 2020, Wild Eye and the travel & tourism industry, like many other industries the world over, was dealt a catastrophic blow with the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic. At an estimated 80% decline in income generated by tourism, resulting in projected losses of in excess of a trillion Dollars, the industry remains […]

A True Winter Wonderland

Exploring a true winter wonderland is an experience like no other. Let’s backtrack a bit to January 2020, before this global pandemic was in full swing. Gerry and I, along with our group of guests were exposed to the very best sights that Iceland has to offer. Coming from the norm, an Africa specialist safari guide, this was […]

White Balance

With every scene comes different shades of intensities and temperatures of light. The mornings can be a white-yellow cast, the mid parts of the day a washed-out scene yet vivid blue skies above and the evening a deep orange and red glow. In order to precisely capture these magnificent colors, it is important to consider […]

African Wild Dogs

African wild dogs, also known as painted wolves or Cape hunting dog, are one of Africa’s most endangered predators. Description The African wild dog is unmistakeable among the medium-sized carnivores.  Characteristic features are the large rounded ears, long legs, bushy, broadly white tipped tails and the shaggy coats with blotches of black, yellow and white. […]

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

The Sabi Sands Roughly 65,000 hectares in size, and sharing a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park, the privately owned properties within the The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is home to some of the best game viewing this planet has to offer. History The Sabi Sands was originally excluded from the Kruger National Park around […]

The Sable Antelope

The sable antelope is an incredibly handsome antelope. Characterised by its glossy black coat with white under parts and white facial markings. A rotund, barrel-chested antelope with a short neck, long face and a dark mane. Both males and females boast impressive ringed horns that rise vertically and curve backward. When they arch their necks […]

How much planning goes into your photography?

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but how much planning actually goes into your photography? Over the past few years I have found myself focussing more on certain elements in my photography, usually working towards a certain goal per destination. It is so easy to get into a rut with your own […]

Two Rare Species To View At Tswalu

Have you ever seen a pangolin in the wild? Not many of you would say yes to this question and the reason for this is that they are extremely rare and rather difficult to find. It is a creature that evaded me for about 7 years of my guiding career, and that was with me […]

Our Excitement Effects Our Photography

Over the years of guiding there is one common thing that I have come to notice. This is both on a personal and purely an observational point of view. We all fall victim to this and it’s simply that our excitement affects our photography. And.. usually in a negative way if you do not know […]

Tswalu Kalahari – A dream destination

Situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape, lies one of the most unspoilt pieces of land and the largest private game reserve in Africa, Tswalu Kalahari In Setswana, Tswalu means a ‘new beginning’ and the aim is to deliver exactly that: a fresh era of hope for the people and wildlife of one of South Africa’s […]

The Canon RF 800mm F/11 for Wildlife Photography

800mm – hooray! F/11 – say what? It is certainly not the most conventional or expected combination of focal length and maximum aperture but the new Canon RF 800mm F/11 piqued my interest from the very first moment I heard it was in the pipeline. I feel that many photographers have immediately dismissed this lens […]

Wild Eye Webinars – August and September 2020

At Wild Eye our goal is to change the way you see the world.  This is something we do both in the field when we host expeditions and safaris around the world but also online where we continually try to bring value to our guests, followers and community. Even though the world is changing every […]

Moving to Mirrorless on Canon: The EF- EOS R Adapter Explained

With the recent announcement of the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 there has never been more interest in mirrorless technology amongst Canon users. Whilst the initial release of both the R, RP and the range of dedicated RF lenses showed that Canon were committed to mirrorless, its only now that serious wildlife photographers have […]

Canon EOS R5 Animal Eye Autofocus | First Impressions

I've been fortunate to have spent some time behind the viewfinder of an early production unit of the Canon EOS R5 in South Africa's Sabi Sabi private Game Reserve and I have been very impressed. In this short clip I share some footage of the much anticipated and sought after Animal Eye Autofocus. The speed [...]

Another dawn, another dusk…

You know it’s coming, you have heard it a thousand times before, yet you still try and anticipate it as if you’re waiting to be ambushed by an irate leopard. You try tell yourself “it’s probably still going to be a while, don’t worry, relax”. No sooner has that thought past your mind, the silence […]

Wild Eye Webinars – Week #7

At Wild Eye our goal is to change the way you see the world and now we still super excited about our new online webinars which we kicked off on the 29th of April. If you are anything like our guides, and longing for African adventure, you’ve probably been scrolling through your image archives reminiscing about […]

Day Dreaming of the spectacular Ndutu

Over the past few days I have been day dreaming about Ndutu… It is no secret that East Africa has a very special place in my heart.  The vast open plains with endless views combined with the huge numbers of wildlife that there is to be seen, makes it a destination that should be on […]

The Storyteller

The inspiration for this blog comes form a great man, a great friend, my east African brother; Francis Tenke, the storyteller. I’m incredibly blessed to have spent so much time with beautiful people such Francis in the Wild Eye Mara Camp. A few months back I wrote an inspirational blog about these these humble souls, the […]

Photography Basics out in the Field

In this blog I am going to discuss the photography basics and how you can add emphasis to and set the scene for your photography. Although wildlife is largely unpredictable, there are a handful of things that we can control, most notably, our camera’s settings for specific times of the day and for specific types […]

Back To The Basics: Raw vs JPEG, Metering Modes & Shooting Modes

Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing a few topics with regards to photography and going back to the basics. When it comes to photography, it can become quite complex and overwhelming, but, I am hoping that by breaking it up into different sections, it makes it easier for you to understand […]

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