During July’s #BigCatPhotoSafari in the Sabi Sands game reserve, Photographic Guides Lance and Villiers were donated a lens / camera protective hard case by Rhino Industries Africa, to give away to one of our clients on the trip.
Rhino industries Africa sells a number of these beautifully manufactured cases which are lightweight, waterproof (IP67) and injection moulded. They can hold camera gear of any size. From multiple large lenses all the way down to a single flash. The inside comes with removable foam which can be cut to the equipment’s exact dimensions to hold it snug to stop and wear and tear during travel and storage.
The case donated to us was a RI-360 model, perfect for carrying a body with a 100-400 or 70-200 sized lens attached, as well as a second lens or body on the side.
To make the giveaway as fair as possible, together with our guests, we decided to run a mini competition over the 8 nights. The rules were simple… Hand in one final image at the end of the trip, that you think is a winner! The images needed to be taken on this At Close Quarters #BigCatPhotoSafari and would be judged by Lance and Villiers on all aspects of photography… Exposure, technique, clean backgrounds, composition and capturing the viewers interest.
The smiles on the guests faces as competition details were finalized said it all. A spark was lit, friendly banter began between those who traveled together, and even some distant murmurs of sabotage.
The competition couldn’t have come at a better time. As you all know, At Close Quarters has partnered up with Indlovu River Lodge to run a photographic competition via their website (If you haven’t entered yet, this month is your last chance. Enter at www.irl.co.za). We always mention this competition, its categories and show some motivational images to our guests to inspire them to try new techniques while they are with us. With this extra ammunition and excitement the game drives began.
Part of Lance and Villiers’ job whilst on drive is not only getting guests into the best position possible and helping them with their camera settings, but also to remind them about different techniques in the moment. Lance and Villiers’ knowledge of animal behavior and photographic techniques is priceless when it comes to knowing what shot is coming before the animal is even in position. Reminding people to shoot wider, slow shutter pan or try different lighting techniques just to name a few.
© ROLAND CAMPBELL
Lance- “What a beautiful image this is! Being in the sighting I remember telling everyone to “shoot the lions with as much black background as possible” and Roland clearly listened to this. The black from the burnt grass matched with the dark lips of the lion are the interest in this image for me. I love the composition and the use of negative space works incredible well here. The exposure is bang on and the life in the lions eyes capture you as the viewer and don’t let go. Amazing image, well done!”
Villiers – “Roland’s lion photo is pure quality. Stunning colours, a beautiful shallow depth of field and that dark background makes for an image that keeps drawing you back for another look…”
FIRST RUNNER UP
© COLIN MCCABE
Lance – “The moment we were all hoping for! A beautiful capture of Hosana when he entered that amazing golden light. Great composition “looking into the photo” making you wonder what it is he has seen. Exposure bang on. Great shot!”
Villiers – “I remember Colin’s words as he photographed Hosana that morning: “I just want him to walk into that sunlight!” Well, Colin – you took a stunning golden-light leopard photo that deserves to hang on a wall, at least as an A0 print!”
SECOND RUNNER UP
© RONEL THOM
Lance – “A fantastic shot of a subject that is not often seen in the Lowveld. Great control of what is a tricky exposure and lovely framing. I love the focus the birds demand with their glare. Well done!”
Villiers – ”It’s not every day that you get to photograph a barn owl, especially during the daytime. But to capture two of these stunning raptors sitting together before sunset is remarkable!”
Some other notable entries!
© Yvonne Webb
© Ed Johnson
© Gary Denmark
© Christophe Lombard
© Erich Thom
© Len Webb
We would like to thank all of those clients who submitted photos for judging and for a fantastic 8 nights of fun! See you again soon!