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Tristan Cooke


Tristan is a Zimbabwean born journalist. He grew up moving farms in his home country and moved to South Africa to attend Rhodes University. With a passion for wildlife, it was a natural progression that he gravitated to Londolozi. He worked in the ...

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on Photography Series Episode 4 – Country and Critters

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I absolutely love Rob’s macro photography. It is so well perceived and executed, the results are outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

It’s my pleasure. He really bring an out the box perspective to photography that I just love!

Rob does take some amazing photos both of the bigger and smaller subjects. 😃 His landscape photographs have that painterly quality I love. While his macro photography is surprisingly and interesting in subject and composition. 💗.

I completely agree Marcia. Being two vastly different photographic perspectives I was really intrigued writing this piece. Brilliance in both fields!

Landscape photos-inspiring and wonderful. Macro photos will test my patience, but–what the heck!
Can you explain the photo with the red after the spider?

Hey Vin, that image is taken of a Poinsettia plant drenched in water. In the water droplets you have a magnifying effect and can see the plants in the in the background, I assume they are Spekboom. Hope that answers your question!

Amazing photos, especially the macro ones of spiders, dew or rain drops a.s.o.
Thanks for showing us these great photos!

I’m glad the blog did Rob’s photography justice. How incredible to see the intricate detail in a tiny spider and I think the raindrops may be my favorite of all!

I enjoy both landscape and macro photography and these selections were no exception! Great tips for both. I often find myself struggling with the patience for landscapes that capture what I’m after, so this was helpful.

I’m glad the tips were helpful Chelsea. And sympathise with your thoughts on landscapes. Some people have incredible patience and that’s just not me!

Photography is not so easy, especially if you want a specific foto. Light and shade play a huge role and time of day off course. Patience and more patience is the key word here. Beautiful foto’s thank you so much. I am thinking of buying a Canon camera and we are in the process of moving to a reserve where there are animals roaming around the houses. That inspires me to want to take foto’s of these magnificent animals.

That is incredible news Valmai! I hope that the move goes well and you open up a world of photography by getting that Canon camera.

Rob’s work showcases nature at its best, in both expansive and detailed images. The jumping spider is amazing and I’d love to know his settings for that. I’ve found macro photography to be extremely challenging as the depth of field plays such a big role. Patience is the key to obtaining successful images and Rob certainly has that!
This has been such a wonderful series Tristan, so thank you. Looking forward to your final report on Sean.

Hey Denise, with regard to the jumping spider, it was captured with a Nikon D750: f25 1/200 2500 iso.

I’m really pleased the series is doing these incredible photographers justice. I find myself too often looking at an image without considering a photographer. And when you do 1000 new narratives and perspectives arise. Viewing an artist at work in a sense.

Plants and rain drops are pure poetry. Invertebrates reveal a whole different world to us, it seems they allow us to an alien world. As the most numerous species on earth, best representative of biodiversity, Invertebrates are the kings on our planet and deserve our attention also for their most important ecological role. And they can be curious like the jumping spider or just beautiful like in a fairytale like butterflies.

Your words are intricately crafted Francesca. I love the way you’ve put that and I completely agree! When you shrink down and shift your focus you’ll find a completely new world in the grass we trod on. It’s always good to look at a holistic system and appreciate every aspect of how our wild spaces tick.

Rob, you are an amazing photographer! I am not usually much attracted to wide landscape shots but yours are truly special and capture Londolozi scenes in a unique perspective. I have long admired your macro work – that jumping spider at once creepy and exciting. I need to develop some of your patience…!

Nice to see Crankie’s photos. I remember when he was first experimenting with macro photography. Glad to see where the journey has taken him.

I’m happy you enjoyed them Al. I found it incredible to interview Crankie and hear his calculated perspective. Crafted like a fine wine, I love his work.

Tristan, All we can say is WOW! Rob’s creative style and focus on landscapes and macros is truly unique. The patience he must have to get some of the shots you presented is inspiring. Thanks again for creating this series!

Hello again Michael and Terri! Rob is as patient as they come and the results are breathtaking. I feel that this blog really opened up a new world, a completely different Londolozi world. He’s got a way of pulling you into his imagery.

The photo of the butterfly reminded me of a show this past week on NOVA – a program operated by PBS = Public Broadcasting Service. It was centered on butterflies and spoke of the painted lady butterfly, which has the longest migration of any insect, so far. It goes from the tropical parts of Africa, across the Mediterranean and into Europe, where it mates, lays eggs and passes on. Then, the next generation goes north to the Arctic Circle and seemingly disappears, without a trace. However, what they discovered was these individuals climb to 30,000 feet and ride the winds (jet stream) all the way back to the Sahara and south back to tropical Africa. There are many other insects taking that journey, too. But, most of them seem to get off in southern Europe. Their journey is longer than the monarch butterflies by a couple of thousand miles. Such a wonderfully surprising world we live in!
Thanks for sharing your appreciation of the small and the large. in your pictures.

That’s an incredible story that I had no prior knowledge of. Thank you for sharing Patrick and I’ll sure be hooked to a documentary of this soon!

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