IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE THIS PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE
BOTTOM & HIT UNSUBSCRIBE!! Thank you.
A Journey to Africa
Many African photo safaris have their
clients take in-country-flights to get from one lodge or park to another
as there are usually many miles in between. I don’t. We drive. My
reasoning is that this is the only way you are going to ‘see it all’,
especially the lifestyles of the people. There may be a few long hauls,
but usually not more than five or so hours, with numerous stops in
between to visit a village shop, have lunch and so on, plus the fabulous
scenics, and views of people of that area. Enough with airports &
planes thank you very much. Of course, I can make arrangements for
in-country flights if there is any particular desire to do so. My tours
are usually a few days longer than most to be assured we don’t miss
anything along the way or while at our various destinations.
I’ve developed a technique of shooting while
we travel in the vans, which has produced fantastic shots of life in the
villages we drive through, the countryside & its people—such as the
colorful Masai people tending to their goats and/or cattle out in the
middle of nowhere. Let’s go on a pictorial journey, but while there,
please keep in mind that 99% of these were taken just inside a moving
van, & some are scanned slides from yesteryear! So they are not
tack-sharp for a 30x40 poster!! Enjoy this pictorial journey:
You can see that African photo safaris are not
only just about the ‘BIG FIVE’—( The phrase ‘ Big Five’ was coined by big
game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to
hunt on foot. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides
that discuss African wildlife safaris, even though most are not done on
foot—mine certainly are not!!) As you can see by this brief pictorial
journey my drives from various locations give you a wonderful overview of
the lifestyles of these people. You also have to note their flair for
color (which must come from their monochromatic environment) that
also enhances the photos you shoot!
Often asked question is which are the Big
Five. The answer is the Lion, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, &
Rhino. With the exception of the leopard, all are fairly easy to
photograph thanks to my very excellent driver-guides.
Just as an added piece of information, most
people when they think of Africa usually think mainly of the Big Five,
plus hippos, cheetahs, wildebeest etc. When I mention the great birding
opportunities while there, a look of surprise appears. I’ve accumulated
over 100 different species while on my tours to Africa! My guides are
“professors” in the field of the wildlife and once they realized my love
for the birds also, they got seriously into it. A number of years ago, I
started a little instruction-period for the guides in the art of wildlife
photography, as those of us who are photographers know that there is more
to obtaining a good image than just pointing the camera at and shooting
at the subject. I educated them on lighting, camera shake (while the engine
is on) etc. etc. So if you join me on one of my African Safaris, you will
also go home with some great avian shots.
This year’s tour is August 16 th thru
August 31 st.
If you are
interested in any of my tours, click on their corresponding link below:
Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:
As stated in previous newsletters, at no
obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for
that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken,
and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your
request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific
mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!
A quick reminder that my library of 35mm
original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library
presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!
My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com