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The human eye is very complex; the human brain very advanced in terms of its ability to process light and imagery. This results in us seeing a world that is visually busy. But, what the camera has the power to do, through silhouette photography, is to simply declutter our world. By leaving only the outline of the subject our focus shifts to the animal itself and it is there that the human eye can find rest. See my Dusk to Dawn portfolio of images which recently featured on the

Leopard Photo Safari - I am very fortunate to call Africa my home and there are many reasons for this, one of which is that it is possibly the best place in the world to photograph leopards. I have in fact been photographing leopards in Africa for the past 10 years in my professional capacity. Recently however, I had an encounter I will never forget.

Read more about my


On Wobbly Legs - The giraffe is the tallest animal on the planet. Can you imagine seeing one being born? On a safari in Kenya, I witnessed the birth of a giraffe and although the baby is born taller than a basketball player, it was incredible to see it try to stand up for the first time. In this portfolio I share the giraffe's first steps with you.

See On Wobbly Legs


Run, Sleep, Eat, Repeat - I recently had one of my most memorable wildlife sightings of all time. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with a baby rhino and her mother. The baby was just a couple of days old and the show she put on was one of the cutest things I have ever witnessed in my wildlife photography career.

See her playful antics


Africa is a continent full of surprises and just when you think you have seen and photographed it all, you stumble across a new hidden secret. Africas Eden is a photographic project that I have been assembling for the past three years. It is very much a work in progress but here I share with you a few of my favourite and best images from the project so far.

See Africa's Eden


The Wildlife Photography Oscars - Every year a select panel of judges set out to select just 100 photographs to represent the biodiversity on planet earth. This competition, known affectionately as the WPY (Wildlife Photographer Of The Year), is quite simply the pinnacle of the wildlife photography industry.

See my WPY 53 image


Although my project is officially ended with most of the media coverage done and dusted, there is just one problem. That being, that photographing elephants is, for me, not as much a passion as it is an obsession. I recently went in search of one of Africa's biggest Tuskers. I found him!

See the images


What makes a great photograph?

 

It is part of my lifes mission to find the answer to the above question. Please take note that I use the word great and not the word good. Ten years ago I might have used the word good, as it was very hard to achieve a good photograph and if you wanted to see a truly good photograph you would need to pick up a National Geographic magazine. These days, to see good photographs, all you need to do is log onto Instagram to see good photos. Perhaps, just as good as in a National Geographic magazine? Read about What makes a photograph great

For the past 3 years I have been working on a secret project which has seen me flying over Tsavo in search of my subject, and has seen me descending into an extinct volcanoe, for the same reason. The project has taken me from the great plains of the Serengeti to the Zambezi Valley and along the Skeleton Coast. I have climbed inside waterholes and been charged at. Read about the project.

Mud, Sweat and Ears - As some of you might know, I am partial to sitting in waterholes. Actually I love sitting in waterholes. For the last 3 years I have been staking out a waterhole in Botswana and here I share with you a montage of my favourite elephant shots from inside the waterhole.

See Mud, Sweat and Ears


A Shrew's World - I have often been asked in interviews where my favourite place in Africa is, to watch the sunset. Answering has never been a problem as I know the exact spot but getting a photograph, that does this spot some degree of justice, took me 3 years. See A Shrew's World

Vanishing Portraits - 2016 is a year I will never forget. While there were major highlights for me, the reason why it will forever be etched in my memory is that this year saw the passing away of two legends.

See vanishing portraits


On a recent safari to the famous Okavango Delta in Botswana, I had a unique opportunity to not just see a lioness leaping over water, but to also break multiple tried and trusted rules of photography.

Read more about this shot from my recent


I was recently interviewed by well respected and fellow South African wildlife photographer, Fanus Weldhagen. He asked me only 4 questions and he invited me to share just 4 photographs. But, what he actually did, was to send me on a nostalgic journey of reflection.

See the four photos that I picked 


Two totally different photographs, one captured in a desert in Namibia and the other on a lake in the tropics. Yet, both of these images share similarities which have again got me pondering the art of how to capture a still photograph that speaks. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and read all about my embarrassing foray into the world of landscape photography.

To read Shades of Orange


Ever since I first picked up a camera and took my first photograph of a nyala antelope on the highlands of Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Zululand, South Africa), I was hooked. Since then I have taken countless numbers of photographers on safari and they all display the same addictive behaviour to the craft that I do.

To read about why wildlife photography is addictive


As a wildlife photographer, one of the greatest joys comes from not only spending time with wild animals, but also from following and getting to know individual animals over weeks, months and even years. You get to know each with their quirks, their individual personalities and you admire and respect them. Hek, you start to love them! They feel like your pets but they remain totally wild and although you long to reach out and touch them, you never can. Read more about a very very special leopard

Southern Africa is probably the best place in the world to spend time with leopards. The habitat, consisting of thick bush and dry riverbeds, is ideal for a predator that uses a strategy of stalk and pounce to catch its prey. Occasionally though, leopards take it to a whole new height.
The African bush is simply full of surprises. I think this is what keeps me coming back for more. There is a narrow and usually peaceful stream in the Masai Mara. To read more about this zebra's unfortunate predicament

I have so many times been asked what my favourite animal is to photograph and I can safely say that it is not an elephant.

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Humour me for a second:

 I recently took a photograph that I could never ever have, not in my wildest dreams, thought possible. I got a snake and an elephant in the same frame! Ever since taking this photo I have thought about the forces at play that allowed for this serendipitous moment.

Read about it


Ever since I was a young boy I have been in search of wild Africa. My quest has taken me all over the continent in search of what I call 'Livingstone's Africa'. There are still parts of Africa that are as wild as they always were, but not many. Recently I discovered a remote spring in Zimbabwe where I camped for three nights and this is the wildest place I have yet to find on my explorations.

See an image taken from my campsite


The great wildebeest migration of East Africa has been dubbed the 'greatest wildlife show on earth'. As an African based wildlife photographer, I have enjoyed a front row to this 'great show' for over a decade now.

to see three photographs captured at one epic crossing...


The bird and mammal categories are the two largest in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Each category receives approximately 8 000 entries and only about six images are selected per category for the final exhibit. This meant that when I entered the 2014 competition, my chances were 0.0008% of placing in either one of these categories.

to see how I did...


2014 will be a year that I will never forget. After a lifetime of searching, I finally managed to track down two of my photographic nemeses.

to see the images...


The African leopard is not as much a visual part of our lives as other iconic African creatures are, like lions and cheetah for example. As a result, people all over the world do not have a connection with them like they do with other animals. I would like to help change this because when you think about it, people are inclined to protect the things that they know and value. The goal of this portfolio is to use the medium of photography, and especially the recent advances in low-light digital photography, to make the African subspecies of leopard more known, valued and appreciated.

To see 10 of my personal favourite leopard photographs,


Chimps are our closest living relatives sharing surprisingly 98.8% of our DNA. On a recent photographic shoot to photograph the largest population of wild chimps left on the planet, my specific intention was to try and capture photographs that epitomize the close genetic relationship that exists between humans and chimps.

See a striking resemblance to yourself


On a recent photographic safari to the Serengeti, I discovered that migrating wildebeest have more to worry about than just lions and river crossings.

See a wildebeest with a broken leg about to be engulfed


Is there anything better than lying in your bed deep in the African bush and hearing the resonating roar of a lion? If you have had the privilege of going on safari and hearing the king of the jungle bellow forth, which incidentally sounds absolutely nothing like the pathetic roar you see in the logo of an infamous production company, then you will no doubt share my sentiments.

Read more about the Dawn King


The power of a still photograph lies in its ability to arrest a single moment in time...

See the last breath


Africa is such an incredibly diverse continent! Not only do we have a very unique set of large mammalian species like Giraffe, Zebra and Elephant but the continent is also blessed with an incredible array of primates. Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees definitely seem to steal the show but high up in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, one finds a very unique and bizarre species of primate.

Meet the Gelada


It was ten years ago that I first laid eyes upon the great wildebeest migration on the grassy plains of Kenyas Masai Mara. This is one of the last great mammal migrations left on our planet and I have photographed it every year since. Unbeknownst to me however, is that the largest mammal migration in the world and one that is four times the size of the wildebeest migration, also occurs on the African continent. This year, for the very first time, I went to check it out.

Read all about the Bat Blizzard


One particularly very wet February in Tanzanias Ruaha National Park, I could not drive anywhere without getting stuck and when I mean anywhere, I mean I was marooned in our camp! With not many options available to me, instead of using wheels as my modus operandi, I took to walking around the camp with my close-focusing macro lens in hand.

Read about my macro meandering


 As a wildlife photographer, I am also a storyteller and along my photographic journey, I have moved away from simply wanting to document my subjects. I now want to create images that in some way convey at least a part of the mystery, fascination, wonder and intrigue I feel for them. The problem is, this is far easier done with certain subjects than it is with others.

Read about my pursuit of the Elephant X-factor


 

The Kalahari desert is for me a strange place! I have heard from many of my South African photographic contemporaries that this is undoubtedly their favourite photographic haunt and so it is always with great expectation that I set out to explore this little known corner of Africa. Every time I arrive in the Kalagadi however, I have to say that I feel beyond disappointed, more like disillusioned.



I have always felt that I was born too late! Too late for what you ask? Well, too late to see and experience the Africa of my dreams. I regularly daydream about what Africa was once like. I have gone in search of Livingstone's Africa and I have found pockets of it left.



 

This splendid mountain escarpment is home to huge birds of prey and draws photographers from afar, all seeking their own shot of a Bearded or Cape Vulture in flight. At the Giants Castle bird hide I decided however, that I wanted to capture the smaller inhabitants of the uKhahlamba as well.


I have to be honest and say that I am not a lover of reptiles, nor am I one of those crazy bushwhacked safari guides who actively launch themselves into contact with reptiles, risking both life and limb (ala Albie Venter)! So how did I come to obtain this close-up image of a crocodile then?



 

I have spent a large portion of the last few years photographing African leopards (Panthera pardus) and the more time I spend with them, quite simply, the more I have become enamored of them.

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The Lilac Breasted Roller (CorociaScaudata) is surely one of Africas most attractive birds and it is said to sport a variety of no fewer than seven different colours. Every wildlife photographer likes to have a prized roller shot in his or her collection and for some reason I did not yet have mine...



For me, the image of a big male lion in a tall dark forest, conjures up thoughts of an ultimate and wild Africa...
Read about one of the most surreal experiences I have had as a wildlife photographer.




 





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