Our first trip together on this project was to the Serengeti with Wild Frontiers. Lively discussions about content and “look and feel” were all part of the shoot, the vast plains adding to the inspiration.
Wild Frontiers safari vehicles are equipped with 220v electricity so we could charge batteries and run computers on the go.
Death happens on the plains and John Addison (Wild Frontiers MD) and Dave found this old wildebeest carcass interesting while Pat filmed the event.
There’s a cheetah out there somewhere… Views out of the top of the land cruiser were awesome.
Pat’s doing the filming on this project.
It does get quite tiring out there and one grabs a quick nap when the opportunity presents itself.
Brunches were grabbed off the bonnet when time permitted.
The Namib Sand Sea
Dave is dwarfed by one of the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in Namibia. It was blowing a gale which made photography difficult – dust getting in everywhere.
Roger and Pat at Dead Pan at Sossusvlei in Namibia. A stunning place for photographs and to perhaps just sit still for a while.
Pat filming from the mountains overlooking the Sossusvlei Valley in Namibia. A wonderful and peaceful place.
Kruger National Park
We stayed at Jock Lodge in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Here the team, Dave, Pat and Roger, pose with Estiaan Houy, our guide and game ranger.
Mozambique’s Tropical Beaches – Ibo Island
We take to the seas. While on Ibo Island we had the opportunity to do some snorkelling and here Dave contemplates the sea creature that has just surfaced next to him.
Ibo Island it truly a very photogenic place and here some children are enjoying Pat’s video clips of the historical fort.
So, we all piled into a very ancient Land Rover (it was actually one of the Land Rovers used in the movie Blood Diamonds) and were joined by most of the children on Ibo Island as it bumped and clattered over the rough roads. Who knows what was so funny but everyone was screaming with laughter.
The Okavango Delta
The extent of the Okavango Delta can only really be appreciated from the air and while we were staying at African Horseback Safaris we were very grateful to have the chance to spend some time in a helicopter getting amazing images of it.
Having the right things with you on a shoot is important. Fortunately someone had the sense to bring along some gin and tonic which made for a very special evening in the Okavango Delta.
Roger gets up close to some elephants crossing one of the channels in the Okavango Delta.
The team got to know OR Tambo Airport very well – it became almost a second home.
The Congo Basin
The Republic of the Congo was a new destination for us and a wonderful adventure. Flights can be quite interesting as pilots dodge huge weather cells.
Photography in the rain-forests and bais is very different to working in the savannah with much of the work being done on foot rather than in a 4X4.
Gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases so we were required to wear these masks when we were in close proximity to them. Roger kept saying, “Scalpel please”
The flies and other insects can become a nuisance so head nets quickly become a fashion item.
Elephants and Kilimanjaro – Kenya
The team at Satao Elerai Camp in Kenya with Kilimanjaro in the background.
David getting into serious discussions with some Maasai guys. Something to do with a leather belt for his sweetest…
Dave apes around (very much the right word here) with a very large bone. Sometimes the wheels fall off a little…
A quick lesson on photographic composition using a cell phone camera. Whatever works…
The Great Rift Valley – Kenya
The Mad Hatter. As has been said before, things sometimes get a little silly. It’s not as if it was freezing cold or anything…
Pat films as the early morning light filters through the fever tree forests at Like Nakuru.
Dave photographs absolutely nothing at Hell’s Gate National Park.
You know you are in Kenya when…
The team visited Elsamere, the home of Joy and George Adamson on the shores of Lake Naivasha – a memorable experience.