Photograph of the Month June 2022 – Cape Buffalo

The photograph of the month for June 2022 comes from my recent Africa workshop (trip report coming next few days) and is of a Cape Buffalo at night. Photographed from one of the private overnight ground-level reflection hides on the game reserve around 1am in the morning. Although the scene is artificially lit by two floods, light levels are still extremely low and required a combination of high ISO (ISO 6400) and slow shutter speed (1/20th of a second – handheld). The reflection of the Cape Buffalo is obviously the star of the image, but what also appeals to me is the simplicity of the frame. This sort of clean background and reflection is only possible at night and is enabled solely by the cleverly designed hide.

Zululand 2023 Workshop – African Photography Like You Have Never Experienced

I am very excited to announce that in May of 2023, I will be returning to Zululand, Africa for an intensive wildlife masterclass with unparalleled and unique photographic opportunities. This masterclass will be based in a private game reserve in Zululand, South Africa (approximately three hours drive from Durban). Offering luxury accommodation alongside an astonishing array of wildlife photographic opportunities from some of the world’s most advanced and superbly equipped hides – see the video below. This is Africa as you have never experienced. There are currently nine photographic hides on the reserve, including two Bird Bath Hides or Reflection Hides as well as two overnight hides that are fully equipped with bathroom facilities, a kitchenette for meal preparation, and beds for sleeping and resting. These are the most advanced, comfortable, and sophisticated hides anywhere in the world. They facilitate photographic opportunities simply unavailable elsewhere.

This will be a full camp take over meaning that there will be many more opportunities in the overnight photography hides than normal. There will also be ground-level walking with Cheetah photography as well as opportunities with all the big African five – Lions, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, elephants, and giraffes.

This exclusive workshop is for a strictly limited number of just fourteen participants plus a leader and is dedicated to photography of African wildlife at ground level. Although the camp can accommodate many more, we are limiting the number to just fourteen to ensure the best possible experience. Additionally, there will be extensive photographic tuition on how to get the best wildlife photographs including how to get the best photographic results at night from the overnight hides.

This workshop is a full ‘takeover’ of the private game reserve which means you will have full access to the facilities on offer without having to share them with other groups. It also means multiple hide visits for everyone in the group without the usual restrictions as well as more opportunities for one-on-one tuition in the field.

As we are based in the one-game reserve for the duration of the workshop there are no restrictions on how much equipment you can bring – so bring what you need! If you are excited by the idea of photographing many of Africa’s incredible species at ground level from luxurious private hides then now is the time to register your interest. Places are extremely limited and once spoken for that’s it. Drop me an email for further information including a detailed PDF itinerary. Look for the 2022 Africa Trip Report in the coming days.

BenQ Webinar Post Production of Ice and Snow June 2022

On Wednesday the 29th of June this year at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, I will be giving my third free live webinar with BenQ. The topic of this webinar will be how to post produce photographs with ice and snow for maximum emotional impact. I will be taking attendees through my full workflow for producing photographs with maximum texture and tone with ice and snow and showing how to get the very best from your RAW files. I will also be talking a little about why colour calibration and accuracy is important. There will also be a live Question and Answer session to address all your queries on post production relating to ice and snow. The webinar is free and is made possible through the generous support of BenQ. The webinar will be held in ZOOM and Registration is mandatory. You can register HERE.