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October 01,2023


Newsletter # 100

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.


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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.

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Photo 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



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