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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Africa. Sunset. Giraffe.

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Dave Mills
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Guest

Great story, James, great sequence of photos and commentary, and, quite obviously, a great final shot. Now for Google!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Thanks very much Dave, Glad you enjoyed it!

Guido,Dina
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Guest

Hi James , you know someone who would call it “kitch” , as every sunset or sundowner is to him(he was sitting behind you ) !I love it , but I’m already happy when i get a good (sharp )picture of whatever happens , you know me!
I’m still very happy with my picture of the lion cubs drinking in Londolozi, but also with so many other occasions, like our fantastic safari of last year !

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Dina, hahaha…’kitch’ is good! That was a fantastic picture that you got when you were here. Hopefully you have mastered lightroom by now. All the best to you and Guido for 2017 and I hope to see you for another memorable safari!

Leslie
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I would love to see and therefore photograph a mother cheetah sitting on a termite mound with three or four small Cubs gathered around her. A beautiful blue sky with white fluffy clouds behind would be icing on the cake.

James Souchon
Field Guide

What a great photo that would be Leslie! Look forward to you showing us when you get it!

Senior Moment
Member
Guest

We all have them, the image I want is of a leopard in a tree, with a pack of wild dog underneath it or a caracal chasing Franklyn’s by leaping up.
Not much to ask for .

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Ian, A caracal at full leap catching any bird is definitely on my bucket list as well!

Jeff Rodgers
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Guest

I love this post . . . particularly when you are willing the giraffe to be where it needs to be. Congratulations on your success. So many of the images on my iconic wish list have been realized during my visits to Londolozi.

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Jeff, thats great to hear! Thanks so much for reading!

Gillian Evans
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Guest

always inspiring. Taking the iconic photograph requires a lot of luck and patience as well as technical skill.. I’m still searching for the rays of light shot through evening dark cloud spotlighting an elephant (or giraffe) on the horizon – but would also be very happy to get the clear view leopard shot in a tree not obscured by foliage and when the leopard is actually awake!.. always hoping!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Gillian, both of those would be beautiful shots! There will always be more and more shots you dream of taking. Always hoping as you say!

Wendy MacNicol
Member
Guest

Hi James. Congratulations on getting your iconic pic! Please note I have taken a copy for my collection of Londolozi screensavers. I have a VERY large collection of Londolozi screensavers I must tell you …. There are so many really beautiful ones and Neil and I both love the Bush and the animals although we have sadly never been able to visit Londolozi. Not yet anyway. Keep up the good work!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Wendy, thats awesome to hear. Thanks very much and hopefully we get to see you and Neil here soon!

Ed and Angela Bramson
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Fantastic, James! Congratulations!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Ed and Angela, Hopefully we can take a few more ‘iconic’ photos together next year! Happy New Year!

Helena Stuhlberg
Member
Guest

I would love to capture a large coalition of huge male lions crossing a river together.

James Souchon
Field Guide

That would be an incredible shot Helena!

Ange Wallace
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Wow! Nicely done, James!

I am sure the only thing that would have improved the experience would have been if Sheila and I were narrating. Bahahaha!!

Happy end to 2016. All the best in 2017! I can only imagine want New Years Eve at Londolozi would be like. Enjoy!!!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Ange, That would have definitely added a lot of value to the whole experience! Stay tuned to the blog and you will find out about our New Years Party! Hope you guys are all well.

Francis Daisy janssen
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These are the very best phot,s I have seen ,just stunning thank you for the share

James Souchon
Field Guide

Thanks a lot Francis

Lea
Member
Guest

James. these are breathtakingly beautiful shots of the sunset and giraffe. Looking forward to seeing the others on your bucket list. Great work. Thanks for sharing with us.

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Lea, its my pleasure. Thank you very much!

Fran
Member
Guest

Such gorgeous pictures. I follow your blog everyday and remember our stay at Varty Camp in October this year.

James Souchon
Field Guide

Thank you Fran, glad you enjoy it! Hopefully, we will see you back here at some stage!

Susan Strauss
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Guest

The image is amazing as is your telling of the story with the other images leading up to the “big one”. Thanks for sharing!

Lori
Member
Guest

James , I’m so jealous. I was so happy with my sunset shot that is until I saw yours.
Keep taking those amazing photos
Lori

Paige Dissanayake
Digital Ranger

Absolutely breathtaking shots! There’s just something about giraffes that gets to me – such bizarre, yet beautiful, spindly creatures.
I actually wrote a recent blog post as well about giraffes, and the very last photo features my take of a giraffe / sunset shot. Much more subtle, but I loved the way the light fell. paigingdoctor.com/giraffe-ic-park/

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