19th November 2014- 'A Day on Safari'

Photographers know that wildlife photography requires dedication, patience and a willingness to get up very early or stay out late if the best shots are to be obtained. So if you also travel to Kenya and the Masai Mara as club member Paul Carter did then you know that this is serious wildlife photography.
Paul’s fascinating talk entitled ‘A Day on Safari’, took club members through a typical day’s wildlife photography starting at 4.45 in the morning and lasting fourteen hours! So, you can add endurance to the list of qualities needed for this kind of photography.
Are there dangers in this kind of safari? Well said Paul, not really. ‘Stay inside the vehicle’ is a golden rule – broken only when something exceptional occurs and permission is given to get out. Guides are always present although it was amazing to learn their best animal deterrent is a simple stick!
Is it worth it? Paul’s pictures certainly proved that it is. Starting with low angle shots of cheetahs taken during ’the golden hour’ when the sun was just rising and ending in the other ‘golden hour’ at the end of the day with silhouette images of elephants on the skyline set against a menacing sky showed that this kind of excursion is a kind of magic for a wildlife photographer.
Paul’s talk was further helped by his excellent explanations of how particular images were shot. Each image displayed its technical data - especially useful in helping understand how action shots were obtained. A sequence of a cheetah trying to bring down a springbok was extremely dramatic as were images of wildebeest migration. Modestly Paul suggested that a lot of his powerful shots were down to good luck but club members know from his other work that you need more than luck to obtain images of this quality.