While Phil and Dawn Judd were at Londolozi in December they visited our Creative Hub on a daily basis. We set up the Londolozi Creative Hub in order to provide our guests with a space in which to share images, post process photographs and simply, get creative with us! I was in awe of the images that were presented to me and every morning during the seven nights that they were with us, I woke up with an excitement as to what Phil would bring to me that day! Using a Nikon D4 with either an 80-400 mm or his fixed 600 mm, the creations were beautiful and below you will see only a few of many…
Vultures silhouetted by the sunset is done so beautifully in this image and can be a creative composition trick to try in the future.
Vultures are not always the most eye pleasing subject to be photographing but here, Phill has managed to create two great photographs using them as the subject, one in the sunset and this one silhoetted by the moon.
A superbly creative image, often it pays off to try something different.
Even though the above photograph is wonderful, capturing a leopard in its full glory is always a winner. Notice the ‘600mm blur’ that photographers refer to as the incredible depth of field that you get when photographing with that lens.
‘What do you think of my new headdress?’ You will often see the redbilled oxpeckers landing on impala’s in order to get a meal of various ticks and insects found in the fur of the animals. Here, Phill got one in the right place at the right time in order to capture this rather comical image.
Crocodiles are often seen with their mouth wide open while lying on the banks of the river or pans. It can come across as being incredibly intimidating, but fear not, they only do this in order to cool down!
Hippos, on the other hand do use this as an intimidation strategy so if you are ever wandering when to get out their way, this is good warning to do so!
They don’t only do it to intimidate us but they will also open wide when fighting for territory with other hippos. These fights mostly happen between two males, one of which has attempted to take over another ones territory when coming into maturity.
Even in the rain, Phill managed to capture some outstanding photographs, this one being an example. This swallow attempts to keep his feathers dry by puffing himself up against the rain.
Phil not only experimented with his photography, but also with a camera trap to capture the activities of the animals that are a little too shy for daylight. In December the star of the ‘camera trap show’ was this porcupine and her youngsters. Did you know that a porcupine youngster is called a porcupette?
Phill and Dawn seem to have a habit of seeing male lions roaring and this trip was no different. Watch the final scene of the video below to see the four Majingilanes roaring together filmed by Dawn. The video is called bushveld immersions and is best watched at full volume!
Which is your favourite of Phil’s photographs, let us know in the comments section below?
Photographed by Phill Judd, Londolozi guest