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Trip Report: Uganda, No Primates Private Guided Safari

Uganda. No Primates. That was the brief for this private guided safari experience. It may seem rather unusual but, given that this particular guest has had the privelege of trekking for Western Lowland Gorillas in Odzala-Kokoua National Park with me, it makes a bit more sense. The gorilla trekking experience is very different in the [...]

Camera Sensor Technology

Understanding camera sensor technology is very important as this is the backbone of any digital photography system. This small piece of technology plays a crucial role in determining image quality. A camera sensor is a light-sensitive device that captures the light that enters the camera and converts it into an electronic signal. The resulting signal [...]

Mid-Year Safari Highlights

As I am half way through my 2023 safaris, I decided to write this very short blog for all of you to show off my mid-year safari highlights. It truly is a beautiful thing for mind, body, and spirit to take some time daily for reflection. Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything [...]

Behind The Frame: Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Workshop

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Michael Laubscher shares a Lightroom Edit of an image of a male leopard and a spotted hyena feeding on the same carcass captured during the Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Workshop in November 2022. The Masai Mara offers incredible photographic opportunity outside of the typical migration period. [...]

Top Images from the Field – June 2023

Presenting this month's Top Images from the Field! The images in this video were all captured by Wild Eye Photographic guides throughout the month of June. Ou guides had a busy month hosting both scheduled safaris and private safari's. With the bulk of Wild Eye's activities occurring in East Africa, this time around! Please feel [...]

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 [...]

Best Of Uganda Trip Report May/June 2023

To best understand just how incredible our recent adventure in Uganda was, feel free to watch the video below. In it I explain the itinerary and show case some of the very special moments we enjoyed and managed to capture throughout the trip. Best Of Uganda Trip Report May/June 2023 The forests form a guests [...]

Behind the Frame: Chimpanzee in Uganda

In this episode of Behind The Frame, I shares with us how he edits one of his favourite images from Uganda on the Best of Uganda Safari he hosted in June of last year. Not every image you take can be converted into black and white so I thought I would share my thoughts and [...]

10 Days in the Serengeti

I recently returned from my first safari for the year and it was a goodie! For this one we focused on the central and western Serengeti and spent 16 nights across 3 different areas. However, for this trip report, I choose to focus on the time spent in the actual Serengeti National Park, as the [...]

Full Frame vs Crop Sensor Cameras

The endless debate between full frame vs crop sensor cameras will never die. Each to his own budget is what I always say. There are pros and cons to each and I hope this blog clarifies this for you somewhat. Let us start at the very beginning… A full frame camera and a crop sensor [...]

Back to Basics blog series

If you are wanting to start out in Photography, or you are a seasoned pro looking to brush up on your photographic knowledge, then this is the perfect "Back to Basics" blog series for you! Shutter Speed, Aperture, Iso, Metering modes. These are just a few of the basic terms that one should know in photography [...]

Madikwe Trip Report: 26 May 2023 – 01 June 2023

I have just returned from an incredible week at Nkurru Lodge in Madikwe. Nestled in the North West Province of South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve offers a wilderness sanctuary like no other. Here, wildlife thrives, and the landscape paints a stunning backdrop for your safari experience. Throughout our stay in Madikwe, we were immersed in [...]

Back to Basics: Metering modes & Exposure compensation

Okay, so there is one more pretty technical piece that we need to cover in the Back to Basics series before moving on to the more exciting stuff. That is Metering modes & exposure compensation. I'm going to try and make the various metering modes simple to understand using a couple of "out of the box' [...]

Behind The Frame: Langur monkey

In this episode of the Behind The Frame Series, Michael Appalsamy shares some insight into one of his favourite images of all time while hosting the Incredible India Tour. Incredible India 2023 Just incase you missed my trip report from the 2023, you can watch my updates about it all here including some of our [...]

Back to Basics: ISO

So, we are comfortable with the numbers on the front of our lens, we understand what aperture is and how we can use it creatively. We are able to use (and manipulate) our autofocus to ensure that we are focusing in the right region, and finally we understand how important shutter speed is in obtaining [...]

Unique Leopard behaviour in the Lower Zambezi

Leopards are without a doubt one of the most sought after animals on safari and recently my guests and I witnessed some unique leopard behaviour in the Lower Zambezi. Leopards, although primarily solitary animals, exhibit a complex social structure that is shaped by their need for territories and breeding opportunities. Understanding the social dynamics of [...]

The Treasures of the Lower Zambezi

Michael Laubscher and I recently returned from hosting the Treasures of the Lower Zambezi and what an incredible experience it was. This 8-day tour which is split between two Classic Zambia camps namely Kutali and Chula camp, offered our guests both amazing photographic opportunities but also unforgettable experiences. The Lower Zambezi National Park is without [...]

Back to Basics: Shutter Speed

Now that we have been able to achieve autofocus on our subject and have selected the correct aperture to ensure that the we render our subject sharp and in focus, there is really only one other variable in the equation that can go wrong - Shutter Speed. Quite simply, shutter speed refers to the duration that [...]

Back to basics: Autofocus

Autofocus is far more complicated and involved than most people understand. For the purposes of this series, I am going to try and keep things as simple as possible. Essentially, Autofocus allows the camera to make use of a number of Autofocus (AF) sensors to shift a series of elements inside the lens in such [...]

Behind The Frame: Lion in the Okavango Delta

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Andrew Beck shares the story behind one of his all time favorite images captured in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Join our Botswana Wilderness Safari The Okavango Delta, the Jewel of Africa. Can there be any place more unique than an oasis in the Kalahari Desert filled to [...]

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