Hi First name / everyone! At last the Masai Mara newsletter is here! I have had quite a lot of messages on social media asking about when I am going to share images from the trip, so I am going to keep this intro short, here is newsletter #41!
BEST OF THE MARA
Each year I spend two weeks in the Masai Mara hosting guests for Pangolin Photo Safaris. This annual event is loosely based around the famous wildebeest migration, but there is much more to it than this unique behaviour. With predators galore and incredible landscapes in every direction, its hard not to come back with amazing images. So here are some of my highlights from the trip, I hope you enjoy!
I think everyone knows by now (especially if you have been on safari with me), I have a slight obsession with photographing subject in their environment. This obsession certainly takes hold when I am in beautiful landscapes such as the Masai Mara. In fact I find myself reaching for my 24-70mm or 70-200mm more than any other lenses!
For me, the most impactful images are those that place a subject in a scene, and inadvertently tell a story. While I do love a perfectly lit portrait, I find that these images often have very little depth, and become boring to look at over time. An image where the scene is almost as impactful as the subject itself, often leaves you coming back to the image time and time again, as you up your own narrative.
Often when I post these images on social media, they get lost when looked at on a small screen. As my newsletter mostly gets viewed on desktops, I hope that these images get viewed bigger and don't leave you thinking “where is the animal"!
Canon EOS R6m2 - 100mm - f/4
Canon EOS R6m2 - 38mm - f/3.2
Canon EOS R6m2 - 60mm - f/11
Canon EOS R6m2 - 128mm - f/10
Canon EOS R6m2 - 400mm - f/2.8
Canon EOS R6m2 - 24mm - f/8
CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
I am thrilled to share my image of an elephant picking water lily flowers has been shortlisted in the Animal category of this years Close Up Photographer of the Year! It is the first year I have entered but certainly wont be the last. You can see the incredible shortlist through the link below.