A friend of mine once said, ‘If you live an ordinary life, you tell ordinary stories. Live a life of adventure!’ These short but powerful words have motivated me ever since, but it was only as I lay flat on the ground looking into the fiery amber eyes of a startled leopard mother and her young cub, that I truly understood the meaning of the word adventure. It was never my intention to fall out of the vehicle between the two cats, however as I leaned out to grab a fellow guest’s lens cap, gravity worked heavily against me, and the earth welcomed me with a bang! Thus, on that momentous first-afternoon shock, I started my book: Photo Safari Kruger.
Over the duration of the next 2.5 years, I spent the majority of my time in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve at Elephant Plains Game Lodge attempting to capture the invigorating essence of South Africa’s most iconic Game Reserve. The book exhibits the magic of Greater Kruger through the lens of a photo safari experience, and to accomplish this I try to use innovative techniques focusing on capturing emotion and creativity to fascinate and inspire readers. One of the greatest lessons learned through this experience is that as important as the equipment and opportunities are, so is the skill of seeing past the obvious and photographing the unobvious – the simple art of photography. For the completion of this project, I used a combination of Canon camera bodies including a 1DX MK II and 5D MK IV, as well as a 70-200mm f/2.8 ( RF version ), 300mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8 lens combination.
Below are some examples taken from the book ‘Photo Safari Kruger’ exhibiting some of the creativity I looked to achieve in the project.