It's over and we are homeward bound. The new road to Nairobi takes you into the traffic jams less bumpy and quicker. Quick pit stop at the Club for a shower and swim no less. Suddenly realised at altitude it hurts. Time to head to the airport and a reflective time of the last 10 days.
The success of the trip cannot be judged until the images are sorted and reviewed. The emotion attached to the photo at the time of capture often masks the real appearance of the shot once you get home, so lets see.
Amboseli is about family, it's about movement and about presence, and dust. Amboseli seems to have...
I will be putting up a larger report at some stage but wanted to let those following know that the Amboseli Collection is almost ready. My photographic technique and gear used is a wonder for minimum post production and it is with great pleasure that I launch the next wave of Elephant imagery in line with my overall project in Kenya.
Please come back soon and check the gallery for pricing and sizing. These prints will ikely be offered again as limited editions is two sizes, large and even larger.
Today we embarked on my first research trip to the Aberdare Mountains. Most people have never heard of this area as a safari hot spot, with good reason. Many however have heard of Tree Tops'. Queen Elizabeth found out she was queen whilst staying there and many other famous people have visited. The area is man made and is built to provide max luxury for minimal effort to say you have been on safari or have successfully got away from the press.
The point to mention here is that this area is around 6000 feet above sea level. Temperature drops about 3 degrees for every 1000 feet. So actually is an almost...
Africa Sept 28th 2012
Today was travel day. Cars, cabs, planes and trollies. I have a very big thank you to Andrew P, he knows why and it certainly helped us on our way.
We usually travel Virgin but the route was not profitable so it stopped last week. BA was great, and even greater when the reason for the 2 hour delay was they were looking for a better plane as the scheduled one had something wrong they were not happy with. Always happy with that as a response.
The flight was un eventful, which is perfect and then you rush to immigration to get to the front so you can handover your now $50,...
At Safaritalk.net I ran a small caption competition for the image below. Safari's can often be a lot of looking, a lot of disappointment and a few near misses. Some times if you are lucky you will see lots and sometimes nature offers comedy to observe. This was one such occasion.
The winning caption of my choice was - "Ignore him an' he'll go away"
it just made me chuckle and it was not far from the truth.
The story: In Nakuru, doing the safari tour - tourist style we had a great driver who spotted a mass of activity between Hyena and Buffalo, the buffalo were stirring, the hyena...
Unlike many of the sites and twitter feeds my focus has always been about operations and logistics and being different. If you want to photography the migration and get the shots you see all over the web there is a million recommendations on camera, lenses, places to stand, times of year etc etc.
For an alternative experience, a much closer association to the real Africa and and different perspective sometimes we just need to look behind, or just simply walk away (well drive in most cases). So my top 10 might be less obvious, or indeed I hope a different approach.
Of course my tips are not for the tick...
My original trip into Kenya was as photographic support and documentation of the great work Hope & Kindness had been doing in a remote region of Kenya. This led on to my love an passion for Kenya, it's people, it's animals and the effects of human animal conflict in a country that is on the brink of accelerated growth in resources and raw materials.
As part of my continued give back, this trip was the foundation for my future thinking on return trips for both myself and groups needing support. Click on the links below if the frame does not fill with an image
Hope & Kindness from...
Today I got confirmation that my Fine Art prints of Elephants and Zebra have been approved and accepted into the Phoenix Art Gallery online.
The team there loved the shots and the story and ethos around my work which is of course a brilliant reason to kick off the relationship.
'I particular like the panoramic view with the elephants offset to one side- leading to a very pleasing image, and very striking. The Zebra images are very interesting, having the zebras on a very light background is original, I have not seen this before and they would certainly catch my immediate attention if I...
At last I am happy to launch a set of images I have been developing for some time around the wonderful contrast of the representational elephants.
The Zebras will adhorn any home and any wall, a stark impacting image sized 50 x 50 as a limited edition print initially of only 30. Images wil be framed and printed in hand chosen products to add to the overall impact of the image. As ever museum glass will be available as an extra option.
Currently the prints are available through Arte Gallery in Weybridge.
Check out the on-line Gallery to see them all View
Planning has started for the next trip. Altered set ups, cars even diet probably. I am hoping that now the rains have come and altered the landscapes, the migration has begun and the elephants have had a baby boom all over Kenya we will see a whole host of new stuff.
I continue with my plans of representational art as contextual portraiture of these amazing creatures, in the hope to again bring back images you want to step into.
In order to keep a little more current and up to date I have also started a twitter account. I know I know, for those that know me twitter is just a great...