A New Year, A New Start!

Lance van de Vyver

Lance van de Vyver
Specialist Photographic Guide

Lance van de Vyver<br />
Specialist Photographic Guide

Lance has been published and won numerous awards for his photography, both in South Africa and New Zealand, with the highlight so far being a finalist in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in 2016.

Happy new year everyone!

This is my first blog post to introduce myself as the newest member of the At Close Quarters team.

I have always wanted to work in some way with South African wildlife, but my dream of being a photographic guide began in 2007 when I was half way through my degree in Zoology.  After spending all day looking at insects through a microscope, I was searching the internet for a better way to view them and macro photography came up. It was the first time I even thought about using a camera but from then on I have always had one in my hand.

My first camera was a canon Rebel XT, and my only lens…..an MP-E65. A reversed 65mm lens specialised for macro that only works from 4-10cm away from your subject.

While finishing my Zoology degree I began another degree in Visual Imaging, majoring in photography and minoring in video. My subjects during this time were a lot slower than animals, however it was a great insight into studio lighting and the patience needed to get an image right.

I graduated at the end of 2012 and on the 1st of January 2013 I boarded a plane for South Africa and began my guiding qualifications later in the week. The following four months were some of the best times in my life and I am very grateful I got the opportunity to go through the course with such great people.

I then began my guiding career working for Toro Yaka, Sabi Sabi and Tswalu Kalahari. These were all great lodges filled with amazing wildlife and great photographic opportunities. I met a lot of amazing people along the way, made life long friends and learnt a lot about myself and the world we live in.

I was a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in the Natural History Museum in London

In 2016 I was lucky enough to take arguably my most important image so far – a lion grasping a pangolin – and for this I was a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in the Natural History Museum in London. It placed in the Black and White category, which represents my style of photographic art well. Black and white is a huge passion of mine and a technique I love discussing with fellow photographers.

It is a great honour to join the At Close Quarters team which is full of knowledge, talent, and most importantly the love and passion of wildlife and photography that is required to ensure that you as our clients have the best safari experience possible.

For those of you who have already booked a Safari with us this year, I look forward to meeting you and sharing in the magic of this incredible spectacle we call nature.

May 2018 be a great year for everyone.

Lance van de Vyver
Specialist Photographic Guide

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