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Simon Smit

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Simon boasts almost five years of guiding, two of them at Londolozi. His photographic work was already catching the eye of the team here for a long time before he joined the reserve, and he was asked to contribute to the blog literally ...

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on Photographic Journal: Brief Moments of Intimacy

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Marinda Drake
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Beautiful blog Simon. Stunning images. Love the lion reflected in the water. You do sometimes wonder what they are thinking of and if they are capable of “human” thoughts and emotions.

Simon
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Thanks for the continued support Marinda! I really do wonder…

ezekiel
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Scars is my favorite, the untold stories and brotherhood.

Rich Laburn
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Great post Simon and some really amazing, crisp images in it. I believe that so many people enjoy photographing wildlife with telephoto lenses precisely because it enables a sense of connection and intimacy with the subject matter. When you are able to view an animal’s eyes (particularly the big cats) you gain a window to their soul and this allows for a far more powerful wildlife experience.

Jeff Rodgers
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Fantastic images . . . hand-held? Or with a tripod or monopod?

Simon
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Hi Jeff, thanks. vast majority of my shots are hand held because of the nature of my job. Some though are on a bean bag… What makes you ask?

Kim Beasley
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They are all really amazing! I like “camaflouge” the best, though…just a gorgeous, stunning animal!!
Thank you!

Jill Grady
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Beautifully written blog Simon and your images are stunning. An interesting thought as well, on humans longing for that intimate connection with animals and what do they actually notice or think about us in return? It is such an indescribable, powerful moment when you look into their eyes and it stays with you forever.

Jacqui Baxter
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What an “enchanting” collection Simon!
no words required for reflection and nose – you are living the dream

Simon
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Thank you all for the comments, working out here is a privilege, I absolutely love it!

Irene Nathanson
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A beautiful collection of images and comments

Sean Cresswell
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A great collection, Si. As impressive as always, keep up the unbelievable work! And keep the fascinating captions coming!

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