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All our Featured Pics for 2016 in a 2 minute video:
March 2017, Week 4: Lorraine Bettex
Photo © Lorraine Bettex
Lorraine took this picture in November 2014 near Mpaya in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We observed 3 couples of lions. A male would like to have 2 females and so they fight.
March 2017, Week 3: Philip Vivier
Photo © Philip Vivier
Shutter: 1/1600 sec
On 12 September 2016 we were on our way from Twee Rivieren to Nossob. It was 6:09 when I took the shot close to Rooi Puts. The secretary bird was walking across a sandy stretch. With my Nikon’s 1.5 crop sensor I had an effective zoom of 750mm. This was my pick of 34 shots taken of the bird.
March 2017, Week 2: Kellie Butler
Photo © Kellie Butler
Camera: Nikon D7000, Lens: Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR II
Shutter: 1/2500 sec
Focal Length: 200m
Taken in the Serengeti, Tanzania. This beautiful cheetah mum and her cubs were pretty relaxed with our company. It was nice to see Mum grooming her babies after some heavy rainfall. There’s actually 4 cubs but of course there’s always one who wont pose for a photo.
March 2017, Week 1: Joanne Matson – Lion Cubs
Photo © Joanne Matson
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV
Shutter: 1/400 sec
While on a Wild Eye photo safari in the Mara, we were waiting at lion sighting of 2 females and 1 male hoping that they may make a kill of close by buffaloes. We knew that 2 little Cubs were hiding in a bush nearby. We were just about to leave the sighting to return to the lodge in time, when the 2 females got up and made a call. Much to our surprise 8 little Cubs came running up the side of the hill and pounced on the 2 females. This is just one sweet pic captured of these cute Cubs.
February 2017, Week 4: Ade Foster – Lion and Cub
Photo © Ade Foster
Camera: Nikon D200, Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm ED
Shutter: 1/200 sec
We were driving in the Timbavati Game Reserve very early one morning when we found four females just lying around. After a couple of minutes one went into a thicket of thorn scrub and brought out her cub. She placed it on the ground not ten metres from our vehicle, then went back into the thicket and brought out another one. It was as if she was showing them to us. A very special day indeed.
February 2017, Week 3: Neale Howarth – Elephants
Photo © Neale Howarth
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
We have a range of bulls who fight for dominance on Pumba Private Game Reserve, with a few encounters between them when they join the herd at the same time. We were so happy to find our 2nd and 3rd in charge having just such an encounter. The big bull on the right, Koos, is one of the original bulls brought in from Addo Elephant National Park in 2005, while his challenger is a younger male who is starting to fight for some form of dominance. What topped it off was the fact that the big bull had just had a swim, while his challenger had just had a mid bath in the red clay, resulting in fantastic contrast. Due to the heavy cloud and thin misty rain, I had to rely on a higher ISO to get a shutter that would allow for a sharp image when shooting handheld with a 400mm lens.
February 2017, Week 2: Hannes Rossouw – Lions before Sunrise
Photo © Hannes Rossouw
Camera: Nikon D750
Shutter: 1/125 sec
HI Izak, sorry for the prolonged silence, I was in the Kgalagadi and only came back yesterday. We came across the lions next to the road before sunrise. As they were moving slowly I got away with using a slowish shutter speed (1/125 s) and used an iso of somewhere around 1600. I liked the leading lines formed by the road, as well as the interaction between the two lions.
February 2017, Week 1: Nobby Clarke
Photo © Nobby Clarke
Camera: Canon 7D, Lens: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
ISO: ISO 640
Shutter: 1/400 sec
This image was taken on the H-10 road in Kruger National Park on 2016-10-19 at 15:27. The Lion pride had made a kill near the road and we were fortunate to get a front row seat at the kill so we sat and took a few photos before leaving them to finish their afternoon meal.
January 2017, Week 4: Matthew Poole
Photo © Matthew Poole
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II, Lens: Canon 70-200 F2.8 Lens (200mm Zoom)
ISO: ISO 400
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
After waking up to lions roaring, we set out tracking them. We eventually found a coalition of 2 dominant male lions. Shortly after finding them they started to hunt a herd of Zebra in the long grass. To get the shot i was looking for I did a big loop and waited for them to walk into picture with the perfect morning light and wind in their manes!
January 2017, Week 3: Peet Strydom
Photo © Peet Strydom
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II, Lens: Canon EF500mm with Camera Crop gives you an effective 820mm
ISO: ISO 640
Shutter: 1/2500 sec
This photo was taken from a boat on a safari in the Okavango Panhandle close to Shakawe in Botswana.
Due to the 500mm lens and added crop factor of the camera I could only focus on a section of the fish eagle.
[Editors Note: Getting the focus on the Eagle’s eye through the wing had to be extremely challenging. Nine times out of ten the camera will focus on the wing and spoil the shot]
January 2017, Week 2: Johan Mocke
Photo © Johan Mocke
Camera: Nikon D700, 70-200 Lens
ISO: ISO 640
Shutter: 1/640 sec
This photo was taken at 18h30, 10 December just south of Nossop. These two had been at it since 12h00 that afternoon – we left for camp for an hour two and came back at around 16h00. The loving couple had just left the waterhole and we found them on the road. My challenge was to get a shot from the front, so I had to go park a long distance in front of them. Other cars in the background spoiled the background but eventually we got a good shot and I managed to capture the expression on their faces.
January 2017, Week 1: Lonely Wildebeest
Photo © Michael J. Cohen
Camera: Canon 1Dx
ISO: ISO of 400
Focal length: 200mm
December 2016, Week 5: Damian Black with The Pride of Africa
Photo by: © Damian Black
December 2016, Week 4: Ilna Booyens with Catch of the Day
Photo by: © Ilna Booyens
December 2016, Week 3: Jackson Carvalho with Walking in Savannah
Photo by: © Jackson Carvalho
More on Jackson:
Jackson is director at Arte Digital Studio and Intertotal Comunicação. This photo forms part of a photo series titled “Adventures on the Savannah”, photographed in South Africa close to Port Elizabeth.
December 2016, Week 2: Hippo Diving
Photo by: © Michael Poliza
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, zoom: 200mm
More on Michael:
Amongst many other achievements, Michael is a best selling published author. When reviewing his first book on Africa, the New York times stated that it might change the way you think about photography. Not only was Michael a famous actor in Germany, he has also started IT ventures which he sold in 1997 for millions of dollars. He has published various books, including a description on his boat trip around the world, books on Africa, the Arctic, and many more.
December 2016, Week 1: Lion Cub Mud on Chin
Photo by: Michael Raddall
Camera: Olympus OMD EM-1
Lens: Olympus 300mm F4 lens
It was a perfect evening with a gorgeous golden light in the Sabi Sands and the lion cubs were playing next to their mother. Suddenly the two cubs bravely walked away from their mother and headed towards the water to drink. We quickly got the vehicle into the correct position for some great photos and were extremely lucky to capture a beautiful moment of them drinking.
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