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The experience

February 14, 2010

When you go on a photo safari you certainly have expectations. I remember sitting up in bed one night before the trip, thinking “what if I don’t get any good images?”  A moment of panic. At that moment I envied those non-photographers  that  just go there to enjoy the experience, no matter what kind of pictures they come home with. So I vowed to enjoy the trip no matter what (there were a few times along the way I had to remind myself of that). Be open to whatever happens. Sure, there are images you would like to get (we all had some in mind), but most of them just did not materialize. We have all seen great images in books and they most certainly were not gathered all at once on a 10 day safari.  I have returned with a renewed respect for all those great wildlife photographers out there! It is not easy!  Sometimes a safari can somewhat resemble an easter egg hunt. The area is huge, everyone is on the look-out for wildlife. Yes, you will see wildlife, but of course there are no guarantees which. And when you  find it, it might be hiding in the brush or the light is awful.  We had plenty of wonderful wildlife moments when the light was just not right for photography. And you have all kinds decisions to make – what lens, tight shot or wide, etc – while your subject is not just sitting there patiently waiting for you to make up your mind. On top of it, you have three other photographers in the vehicle with you. The slightest movement of any one of them would cause enough vibration to mess up your shot. Fortunately everyone in my van was very considerate and we tried our best to stay quiet and give each other notice ahead of time.  Thank you!!! Going through my images now has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. There were plenty of times when I was scratching my head, wondering what on earth I was thinking taking the picture the way I did. I guess sometimes the excitement of the moment just got the better of me. And then there were wonderful unexpected moments. I had never thought I would get to see a leopard as close as we did.  What an amazing animal!

The people were just wonderful. So welcoming with huge smiles. All together it was a great experience. The landscape was breathtaking. I will not forget the incredible view we got of the Great Rift Valley on our way from the Masai Mara back to the airport. I am ready to do it all over again.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2010 7:50 pm

    Wow – Beate, beautiful images. Was I on the same trip as you? Amazing. I have yet to really examine my shots in detail, but looking at yours makes me want to go through them all. I have loved seeing images others have posted from our trip – it is so interesting to see the different perspectives. You have some absolutely beautiful captures!

    Krista

    • February 15, 2010 8:02 pm

      Thanks, Krista! I have also enjoyed looking at the images others have posted. Isn’t it amazing? We were on the same trip, some of us in the same vehicle and everyone’s images are so different. It just shows you in how many different ways something can be photographed. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures!!

  2. Sabrina permalink
    February 16, 2010 1:04 am

    Beate, I have to agree with Krista; these images are wonderful.

    I am pretty sure I wasn’t with you when you took the leopard but I was right beside you when you took the Great Rift Valley photograph. Let’s just say I’m just going to point everyone over here :] That image evokes so much emotion and really gives me a feeling of what it felt like when we stood there together. Well done!

  3. February 21, 2010 9:49 pm

    Beate
    I really agree w Krista and Sabrina. I was standing beside you too and didn’t take a beautiful photo like you did – as Sabrina said it evokes emotions. I will be busy looking at my photos but in the meantime – just colour me with photo envy….

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