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A different approach to composition
In episode 401 of The Wild Eye Podcast I share a few thoughts on, and a different way you can think about your composition. Yes, the rule of thirds is an okay starting place but it doesn't always leave you with the visual energy, visual mass and balance that your images might need. In this [...]
Processing 27 guest images from Iceland
If you have some time and you want some ideas for your own image processing and some inspiration then don't worry. I've got you covered. In the video below I process 27 guest images from Iceland. You see, we were nice and busy on the tour and, as with any other tour, I'd much rather [...]
World Chimpanzee Day
Today is World Chimpanzee Day, a day we celebrate these amazing creatures. I have been fortunate enough to see these animals out in the wild and to describe what the experience is like, well its nothing short of mind blowing. We are very closely related to Chimpanzees and humans share roughly 98% of the same [...]
Desert Adapted Lions of Namibia: The Desert Lion Trust
During the most recent edition of our Desert Wildlife of Namibia Safari (click here for the Trip Report) we were treated to some very special sightings of the desert adapted lions that call Namibia's Hoanib River Valley home. The Namib is the only place on Earth where a small population of desert-adapted lions occurs. Remarkably, [...]
Trip Report: Desert Wildlife of Namibia Safari May 2022
Namibia. A land of contrasts and a landscape which is as varied as it is beautiful. In the weeks leading up to this safari I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, and no this had nothing to do with Covid or travel restrictions but rather with the massive rains that Namibia (and [...]
Different seasons on Safari
Different safari seasons can give you totally different experiences, many of which a lot of people are not aware of. In short, there is no bad time to be on safari, but certain areas tend to peak at different times of the year. Here is a breakdown on which places might be best to visit [...]
Inside The Ultimate Elephant Tour
Ultimate Elephant Safari The African elephant is considered to be one of the most iconic animals in Africa. They are a sought after animal for both photographers and non photographers. I have been privileged to spend many many hours in the field with these incredible animals and I still can't get enough of them. There [...]
They’re big, they’re grey and we absolutely love them.
Of course, for the discerning wildlife lover, you already know what I am talking about. However, for those of you that are bit urban, perhaps. I am talking about the biggest of them, the undisputed champions of the African bush, the true kings of the jungle and savanna alike – the noble and sometimes pesky, [...]
Tigers of India
Having just returned from my first trip to India, I find myself still processing the whole experience. Our main focus on this trip was to see tigers in the wild and wow, did it deliver! We saw 24 different tigers on safari, which is probably double what I thought we would see before the trip. [...]
What does a safari cost?
“The only man I envy is the man that has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to.” This is one of the quotes that we truly stand by at Wild Eye. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the joy on guests' faces when they visit Africa for [...]
A 5 Week Private Safari
I recently returned from an incredible 5-week private safari that spanned 2 countries, 5 provinces, 9 biomes, 7 reserves, 8 lodges, 3 Land Rovers, 4 Land Cruisers, 8 flights, 5 transfers, 1267889364 photographs, 3 sleep-ins, 140gb of video, 3 monkey raids, 1 flat tire and a whole lot of wildlife viewing! In fact, our total [...]
An Incredible MalaMala Safari
I have just returned from an incredible 5 night, 6 day private safari in the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa. MalaMala has been a destination I have always wanted to go and experience, especially having worked on the neighboring property, Londolozi. Due to the Pandemic, this trip has been a couple of years in [...]
Madikwe Trip Report
I recently returned from a fantastic week long scheduled safari at Madikwe in the North West province of South Africa. Of course, lots of photos were taken, so I thought why not put together a trip report video for you all to watch. I hope you enjoy the images and the stories that go with [...]
Incredible India 2022 Trip Report
Myself and Johan have just returned from our Incredible India trip, which has been a trip in the making for the past couple of years and been postponed a few times due to the pandemic. India has always been on my mind as a destination that I would love to visit, and having been there, [...]
Photo Safari vs Photo Workshop – What is the difference?
What is the difference between a Photo Safari and a Photo Workshop you might ask? They sound fairly similar don't they? Well, whilst both types of tours contain the word 'photo', there are indeed a number differences between a standard photo safari and a photography workshop. This blog aims to address these differences, in addition [...]
The Pantanal, Brazil
In preparation for my first trip to the Pantanal as a guide, I figured that I would share some of my learnings and findings with you in blog form in hopes that you may be as excited as I am. I based these Q&A style points from a video chat and vlog that I recently [...]
An Adventure In Namibia
It is quite crazy to think that I have just returned from an adventure in Namibia that only went into planning about six months ago. To provide some context, I received the following mail a few months back from the guest I recently hosted on this private guided safari in Namibia; "Hi Michael, So lovely [...]
The use of artificial light
What are your thoughts on the use of artificial light? A lot has been made about photographing with the use of artificial light in wildlife photography, mainly spotlights. The first thing that jumps to mind is ethics. One has to be very careful not to overstep the boundaries, and have the approach of the animals [...]
The best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs
A question that comes around quite often is what are the best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs? Personally I've been very fortunate to travel extensively throughout Africa and wild dogs just happen to my favourite animal to photograph, so I thought I would share with all of you what I feel the [...]
How to prepare for your Svalbard expedition
Svalbard is without a doubt the quintessential bucket list destination. It is a beautifully harsh place that holds your fascination from the moment you arrive. For an expedition of this nature you need to pack and prepare well so in order to assist the guests travelling with me soon, I have put together a video [...]
Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi – How do they compare?
Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi - how they compare, being on opposite sides of the Zambezi river? The Zambezi River. The 4th longest river in Africa, forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. This mighty body of water is a haven for wildlife on both sides of the border. On opposite sides of the [...]