What are you shooting ?
What ISO do you have ?
Is your F-stop low or high ?
There’s a lot of noise in my photo…!
Is yours on Aperture priority or Shutter priority ?
These were often the the questions and statements that I would hear as my fellow colleagues would begin their barrage of taking photos of what ever sighting we happened to be in that morning or afternoon. As I would normally try to just appreciate the beauty of the moment I was in without looking through a view finder to document my record of the sighting, I could feel the jealously build up in my stomach as I could already foresee the social media or blog posts that would later be uploaded.
My attempts to capture the moment with my cellphone camera were sufficient, but what my colleagues had to their advantage was their telephoto lenses that enabled them to get that much closer to the subject. Being a layman in the photographic world I put two and two together and proceeded to use what I had at my disposal; my camera phone and a pair of binoculars. With the steady hands of a surgeon to line up the camera’s lens and the lenses of the binoculars through one of the view finders require patience and delicate manoeuvers to create a clear field of view and then locating the animal.
Over the course of several days and determination to create a rival photograph to that of a DSLR camera and many unusable shots and missed opportunities I would like to share with you the few that I have decided that are worthy to be shown.
A leopard who took advantage of the death of the 4:4 male in 2016 to grab territory to the west of the Londolozi camps.
This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Dudley Riverbank female in early 2012.
While one could never truly compete with the accomplished photographer with all of their gear, by the simple use of placing your binoculars in front of your cellphone camera, you create a very different perspective for the photographs you can now take. Patience must be exercised as it is a difficult practice to master but the above photos are proof that just a little imagination and improvisation can go a long way in the photographic world.