Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Satisfying Safari

Leopard and Stormy Skies - 5D3, 24-70 @ 45mm, f/9, ISO 100
I am on my way home after spending the last 9 days on safari in the Okavango Delta led by +Andy Biggs and +Grant Atkinson.  Our time was split between two camps, Sandibe and Nxageba and in short it was wonderful.  We were treated to great weather, lots of interesting animal behavior and spectacular skies and sunsets.  I've already highly recommended Andy as a safari leader but this was my first time with Grant and I can whole heartedly recommend him as well.  Grant is as knowledgeable about wildlife, their behavior and history as he is a great photographer.  Andy and Grant's style in what they look for and how they do it was different but complimentary and having them rotate through the vehicles gave people the opportunity to come away with images of a variety of subjects and benefit from their collective wisdom.

I remember the morning I made this image well.  It was after a night of heavy rains, and in the morning there were a lot of clouds in the skies but they were layered with interesting color and pattern.  In the late morning, on our way back to camp after 5 hours of game drive (we left for game drives at 5:30 AM), I saw these white fluffy clouds against the deep blue of a distant storm.  I turned to Grant and mentioned to him that all that was missing was a fantastic subject to put in front of it, ideally a Leopard resting on a tree with a clear view to the sky behind.  Not 10 minutes after I said that we spotted a Leopard sitting in a tree.  It took a couple of minutes to find the ideal spot to capture both the leopard and a bit of that wonderful sky.
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