Singita Game Reserve

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As an aspiring photographer, I always wonder how the professional photographers take photography to an entire different level; how do their images stand out, make them unique, a cut above the millions out there pursuing a similar subject. How do they always stand on the right angles, get down low on eye level and compose perfectly and simply capture all the magically moments flawlessly.

Photography is a creative art, which nourishes growth and inspiration with every click. With any art form, it requires a driving force, passion, love and a strong determination, a combination of empathy to be unique. The epitome of freezing an action that is to quick to view without a camera. To enjoy every grueling hour of sitting in blistering sun, dust, cold and wet weather conditions to capture a moment that will only happen once, with your finger pressed half way down focusing.. waiting.. waiting patiently because there is only one chance, one moment, one shot.

With a driving force of passion, there’s learning and many images are subjected to the 'trash' and some are held onto just because you are able to relive the moment and they allow you to aspire to achieving the next rewarding shot with further experience and scope to the field of photography.

Capturing a moment that can tell a story is rewarding however it often entails a few factors for it to all come together. Patience pays off as a virtue, however often it can all come down to being at the right place at the right time with your camera in hand. Always keeping these points in the back of mind I occasionally wonder how many opportunities I missed due to not being at the right place at the right time. To overcome this I have found that having your camera in hand and knowing your subject will place you in the right place at the right time. Approaching this elephant bull, it was evident that after dusting himself that eventually he would move off and occasionally elephants will shake their head in contention to arrivals of other elephant bulls approaching them during this activity. Holding steady and hoping this would all play out as expected, I utilized a position that I would backlight the elephant bull and thus will allow the shadow of dust to stream through the animal creating a mystical affect. Not only did I have luck on my side, but I managed to capture a couple of shots to be able to scan through them and choose the one that stood out. Wildlife can often be unpredictable, however there are animal behavior traits that will allow you to potential capture a moment that you were looking for and often it can pan out better than expected. Be prepared, review the animals behavior and take along a great deal of patience, a spot of luck always helps too.

”Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper… the photographer begins with the finished product”.