Here are a couple of Lion cubs photographed on this years Photographic Safari to Kenya.
They were two of three cubs that went from sleeping soundly to running around full of energy within the space of just a few minutes. I always find it very difficult to capture images with more than one subject in the frame. Typically my photographs have a very “thin” depth of focus. It can be measured in millimetres at times so trying to have two subjects, both aligned in that depth of field is very hard to achieve. My strategy for these lion cubs was therefore to try and pick out some isolated action, preferably with just one cub in the frame. In any photograph it is important to get any eyes in the picture sharp, so if there is only one set on view then that objective is much easier to achieve.
In this frame I managed to get two cubs in the frame and quite conveniently only one set of eyes.
Here is a wider view of an Elephant taken on this years trip to the Masai Mara.
I am far more comfortable when I have a long lens attached to my camera. However, there are many opportunities when a shorter lens will give an alternative view. It is not uncommon for the skies to darken in the late afternoon, just before the short rains start. The light becomes very dramatic at times and quite often a rainbow or two will appear. On this occasion there were no rainbows to be seen so I went in search of a Giraffe or Elephant to form my foreground subject.
Having found this Elephant I selected a wider angle lens to include the dramatic sky. In an attempt to add further impact to the picture I positioned the camera as low down as possible to emphasise this powerful, yet gentle, animal from Africa.
Apologies for the limited updates last month. I spent a fair portion of September in Kenya on a Photographic Safari holiday, so had very little computer time.
This years trip was just as wonderful as I imagined it would be. The Big Five were all seen and I also had some great opportunities to photograph some of the rarer Cats in the Masai Mara, but more of those in a later post.
I will start my collection with one of this years new born Lion cubs. This one is around three months old and was relaxing on mums back. One of three cubs that had taken up residence in the Mara North conservancy, which was conveniently very close to where I was staying.
I have had this news in my inbox for two months now but it is only today that I can officially make this announcement.
My image of a Little Owl has been highly commended in this years British Wildlife Photography Awards. The image will be part of the exhibition that tours the country and will also feature in the book that represents the images selected for the awards in 2013.
This image was originally in a landscape format but for this competition I decided to re-crop it into a portrait to give a large bold portrait composition. The same image also featured in The Sunday Times magazine on 1st September 2013 as they broke the news on this years Photography Awards.
I am looking forward to seeing the winning images at the exhibition and collecting a copy of the book.