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A slightly different take on the Week in Pictures for this week as these photographs span a longer time frame. Arriving at Londolozi at the beginning of the year, my interest in photography and camera equipment was negligible. It was not long until the amazing photographic potential and culture become so palpable, I had to get in on the action. So this, my first blog, is a compilation of a few of my photos taken whilst experimenting and practising with different techniques and technologies previously not known to me. Thank you for having me on this team full of incredible people, and to the blog subscribers I say hello, it is a pleasure to officially be in touch with you.
A young male of the Mhangeni pride gazes directly into the camera. The eye-level shot, enhanced by the setting sun and spot light, allows you to almost see the emotions of the lion through his eyes. What emotion do you see? 1/80, f5.6, ISO 1600
The impala rutting (mating) season has seen its climax, with the exception of a few (more persistent) males still trying their luck. Males assert their dominance in territorial disputes allowing them to pass on their genes for future generations. 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 800
The Tamboti young female in on high alert as she vigilantly guards her duiker kill hoisted in the tree. The morning sun penetrates through the branches providing much needed warmth in these colder times. 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 800
A caring mother zebra reassures her foal after discovering several waterholes were dry. 1/500, f5.6, ISO 800
This small dam offered a herd of elephants a chance to drink and shower themselves in mud to cool off during the midday heat. 1/800, f5.0, ISO 800
The piercing eyes of an African Barred Owlet are on the lookout for unsuspecting prey to pass its unforgiving glare. 1/125, f5.6, ISO 800
The ever beautiful, rare and elusive African wild dog stares into the distance. 1/250, f5.7, ISO 1000
The enormous tusks of a huge bull elephant on the scent trail of passing females. 1/500, f5.0, ISO 400
It was amazing watching a Brown-headed parrot feeding on the remains of the fruit of a marula tree. 1/1250, f11, ISO 800
Striving for a better vantage point, the Nanga female climbs up a marula tree in search of potential prey. 1/2500, f4.5, ISO 1000
A yawning male cheetah showing its canines. 1/4000, f5,6, ISO 1600
The stark yellow of the Southern yellow-billed hornbill is magnified by the sun whilst the moon shines in the background. 1/1000, f10, ISO 800
A reflection of the short-tailed (Inyathini male) whilst he cools off in a shady spot. 1/125, f7.1, ISO 800
Only small ripples appear when this huge crocodile effortlessly glides back into the water. 1/800, f5.6, ISO 800
Aptly named ‘The Tusker’, this giant elephant bull shows a calm temperament in his pursuit for a mate. 1/800, f4.5, ISO 400
One of my favourites, the Mhangeni pride slake their thirst in the late afternoon. 1/40, f5.0, ISO 1600
Written and Photographed by Callum Gowar, Londolozi Ranger.
Growing up in Cape Town, the opposite end of South Africa from its main wildlife areas, didn't slow Callum down when embarking on his ranger training at Londolozi at the start of 2015. He had slowly begun moving north-east through the country anyway, ...