January 2024
Welcome to my first blog.                                                                                                                            
This is a short history of how I got involved in Nature & Wildlife Photography. I am originally from South Africa and now resident in the UK.
In 2015 my wife and I decided that we would visit Namibia for our anniversary, and I was excited with the prospect of being able to photography some of the most amazing landscapes, animals, places that Africa has to offer.
Namibia is one of those places that needs to be on your bucket list! Its very hot, vast, beautiful and incredible. Only 3 million inhabitants live in Namibia and covers 824,292 km2  that’s 3,6 people per km2.
Only challenge was that I just had a Nikon 70-300mm lens for my trusty Nikon D300 and this was not going to work well for the 12 day road trip we had planned. So, I decided to hire a long lens from my local camera store (Tamron 150-600mm) as it was the most reasonable option. Then, a photographic customer of mine, approached me wanting to sell his Nikon D3s and I jumped at the opportunity and the next thing I had a great camera and lens for the trip. As a novice using a long lens, it looks much easier to use than you think. I really enjoyed getting to understand the lens and camera on this incredible trip.
Here are a handle full of images from the trip.
Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard
Juvenille Gabar Goshawk
Juvenille Gabar Goshawk
Adult Dark Chanting Goshawk
Adult Dark Chanting Goshawk
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Adult Martial Eagle
Adult Martial Eagle
Adult Martial Eagle
Adult Martial Eagle
Secretarybird
Secretarybird
Adult Cheetah
Adult Cheetah
Adult and juvenille cheetah looking for breakfast
Adult and juvenille cheetah looking for breakfast
Adult and a juvenille preparing for a kill
Adult and a juvenille preparing for a kill
The kill by the coalition of Cheetah
The kill by the coalition of Cheetah
Cheetah with the Springbok meal
Cheetah with the Springbok meal
Juvenille Ground Squirrel
Juvenille Ground Squirrel
Ground Squirrel
Ground Squirrel
Male spingbok sparring
Male spingbok sparring
Male spingbok sparring
Male spingbok sparring
Male Springbok
Male Springbok
Springbok Harem
Springbok Harem
Feral Desert Horse
Feral Desert Horse
Feral Desert Horses
Feral Desert Horses
Juvenille Desert Zebra
Juvenille Desert Zebra
Oryx
Oryx
Desert Zebra
Desert Zebra
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Vast nothingness
Vast nothingness
Qwiver Trees
Qwiver Trees
Track to nowhere
Track to nowhere
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon

The camera store had a great offer on, that if I bought a Tamron 150-600 lens from them in 30 days, I could claim back the rental fee against the purchase and so my journey with long lenses began. My photography has evolved over the years and that all came from talking to an old acquaintance Jay, one day, about the new lens and camera setup I had and that I wanted to learn more about photography. 
Jay Van Rensburg is an award-winning photographer and runs several photographic businesses including the Wildlife Photographic College. I clearly remember our first bird outing together when we went out one very cold morning (-4°c) to a bird sanctuary to show me what bird photography offered. That morning changed the way I saw the world and was the start to my journey to capture and share wildlife images and my techniques with you. I have left a link to his Facebook & Instagram – Jay van Rensburg – Jaywildpix
I have travelled to many destinations across Africa with Jay over the years and what I have learnt is that it’s not about what equipment you have but rather about your passion and understanding for photography that matters. Get to know your equipment extremely well and learn to use what you have first.
Yes, for wildlife and bird photography the right equipment helps a lot, but as you get better at your craft and you evolve as a photographer, so you will upgrade your equipment. Remember a better camera or lens is not going to make you a better photographer! It’s the ability to capture an inspiring image that will make you a better photographer. The camera is just tool to help you become better at your kraft.
For me Nature and Wildlife photography has created many great friendships, like Jay, over the years and the key is that we all share our experiences and how we do things, with each other.  It’s great to be able to bounce a question off your friends and get a friendly answer back.
You will meet some of these photographers that have inspired me in future blogs.
Photography allows us to capture today's experiences and turn them into tomorrow's memories !
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