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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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on Choosing a Background in Wildlife Photography

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Love the photography “lessons” I try to remember it when I am out in the bush.

James, Great tips, keep them coming

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I have to say the impala photo is one of my favourites in a while. Artistic disagreement coming up, but i think the out of focus impala adds to the feel , in other words the impala is isolated from the background but not alone .

Yes – I agree. It adds to the ‘environmental’ feel.

So much related to personal taste and impression with images. Have had an ongoing debate with a fellow traveler about photshopping some blurred background from one of my favorite leopard images. He finds it distracting; I feel it brings context to the leopard staring at us from a tree.

Great suggestions . . . there is a principle I learned in marketing class a verrrry long time ago – the professor called it, the KISS principle . . . when in doubt . . . Keep It Simple Stupid. You said it much more elegantly.

Fabulous James and your example photos were sapot on. Great reminder for all of us. What you forgot to mention was the really terrific job the guides do in positioning us for these perfect shooting angles with the sun at just the right place, etc. They provide the “mobile tripod” but the guy behind the camera still has to optimally compose the picture. Thanks for reminding us!

Great tips. Thanks, James!

Great suggestions for memorable photos. I’ve learned the hard way that backgrounds are so important, when I view my photos later. Luckily I’ll get a re-do as I’m returning next March for a few days. Can’t get enough wilderness- hopefully more leopards and lions. 😊📷📷

I AM pleased! I haven’t received my Londolozi Newsletter since last Saturday and was wondering what went wrong! So that’s alright – and another nice article on Photography to remind us to have our wits about us before we press that shutter button!

Thanks for hints! We are keeping track of them for our next visit!!!

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