We woke up for coffee on the first morning of our Wildlife Photography Essentials Workshop still on cloud nine from the evening before.
Setting off on drive, we headed into Pilanesberg National Park to see what photographic opportunities we could find.
General game are abundant and our guests quickly managed to try out various wildlife photography techniques on the many subjects roaming in the early morning light. Back-lit, side-lit and silhouettes were the order of the morning. The long thatching grasses create dazzling images in the golden light.
After a relatively quiet drive, we headed back to the lodge for a hearty brunch before our guests continued with wildlife photography essentials sessions. The sessions included both theory and practicals on various techniques such as panning, radial blur and astro-photography.
We then headed back out on drive to attempt these techniques. It was a scorching day. An interesting moment on drive happened when our vehicle ended up stuck in the mud. This made for some laughs with our guests as everyone assisted with pushing the vehicle and placing rocks in front of the tyres to free the vehicle.
Our guests then managed to capture some excellent panning shots of zebra as well as some back-lit images of two impala rams in very long thatching grass in some stunning golden light.
On the way back to the lodge, we bumped into the pack of wild dogs again briefly. Then, upon our arrival back at the lodge we found the dogs right at the lodge waterhole running all over the place. A really exciting moment for everyone!
After an amazing dinner we headed out to capture some star images and to put into practice what we had learnt earlier. The conditions were not ideal with a half moon in the sky, but nonetheless, we were able to solidify the theory we had been through earlier in the day. We headed home eager to get some rest before our next adventure awaited us.
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