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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Love theae blogs where you can learn something. Sincd Kylie’s blog I have realized that I zoom everything too much and it is better to get the whole picture.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I happen to be in full agreement with you James. But it was a lesson learned over time. The larger view tells it’s own unique story and detail, whereas with the right light and subject, a tight shot can also bring a gasp. For a pro, negative space is important commercially. For me it’s all magic and a passion that spurs us all on to the next capture. Excitement and magic….what a phenominal combination….and there is a bounty of both in Londolozi! Insightful blog, James.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Great blog post, James. I would love to learn the stitching technique from you… I think it provides a great addition to a set of lenses if you can get a wide angle with a telephoto zoom… even if you have a wide angle lens handy 🙂

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

I agree! Our temptation is to get as close as we can, but that is not always the best idea. The leopard and hyena photo is a great example. Just the leopard is ‘another leopard in the tree’. The two animals together show the real story of what you witnessed. Excellent advice, James!

Gloria Brislin

I totally agree with you. A picture should tell a story. Especially in nature.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

So true James! Photographs should tell a story…….

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Nice post, I am giving a lot of thought to the question of zoom v prime, half frame v full frame.

Henk Zegwaard

Thanks a lot James …..Ive been never been thinking of stitching the photographs when not having enough reach ,normally i take the other camera next to me with the other lens ….. but that takes time switching…..thanks for the idea … !

Patrick Donehue
Guest contributor

Really great post James. Spot on advice!!!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

I’m a compulsive ‘zoom inner’. Will have to harness this compulsion on my next visit.

Iris Lane
Digital Ranger

I used the longer range photo of the rhino drinking on Facebook here in the Midlands, England. Lots of my friends liked it too. I just thought it was so peaceful and conveyed a wonderful atmosphere. Yes, the close up was good, but maybe just factual? Well done with the stitching!

D. Phillips

Just beautiful and so true. Thank you for including examples. Thank you for all you do.

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

Great tip. Loved the examples.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I’ve recently been trying to take your advice and to try and including the animals I’m photographing in the context of its home, while also taking close-ups. Both methods have their merits, but the three photos you have used here are definitely more impactful when the camera had zoomed out.

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