Recent guest Jennifer and Thomas Bruhlmann from Switzerland visited us at Londolozi, staying at Varty Camp. During their time and assisted by ranger Don Heyneke and Tracker Lucky they were able to capture some striking images.
Jennifer writes: “ On our first game drive we came across an elephant breeding herd just after sunset. It was a truly magical sighting, the elephants passed by, feeding on bushes and the youngsters played around. It was so peaceful to simply listen to the sound of the bush interrupted only by the deep rumbling sounds of elephants.
With our photography we enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with back and sidelight after sunset – this was something new to us. Don gave us valuable tips when it came to each sighting and how best to capture the moment. He has an extensive knowledge in photography, even though we see ourselves as advanced photographers – there was a lot to learn. We also enjoyed our sessions in the Creative Hub where we experimented with the post processing of our images.
Asked about our top wildlife sightings we would have to mention three favourites. The first is our absolute love of leopards, this was one of the motivating factors for visiting the reserve, well-known for excellent leopard sightings. We were extremely lucky to watch the Piva male several times, a very relaxed leopard.
Wild dogs – we had some incredible sightings. This was a first for us – we’d never seen such a big pack before (more than 10 dogs). It was riveting to watch the dogs behaviour and interactions within the pack and to follow their movements. We loved the sound that the dogs made when contact calling. We’d never heard this sound before and it gave us goosebumps listening to them.
Our third favourite sighting was definitely the elephants we saw. We could sit and watch them for hours. Time with elephants never tires. The young elephants were particularly enjoyable to watch as they played with one another, sometimes copying their elders or chasing birds.
For others interested in wildlife photography my advice is to have patience. Your patience will most certainly pay off and you’ll come away with wonderful, life-long memories.
Jennifer used a Nikon D4 with the Nikkor 300mm 2.8 (fixed lens) and a Nikon D800 with the Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8
Written and Photographed by: Jennifer Bruhlmann