When discussing photography with our guests here at Londolozi I try my best to advise people that there’s a fine line between photographically capturing a moment out in the wild and simply just enjoying it yourself. What I mean by that is; I believe it is important to capture the moment on a camera but I also believe it is even more important to enjoy a few particular experiences through your own field of view rather than your camera’s.
When travelling on safari I highly recommend travelling with a camera, whether it is just your mobile device, a camera you’ve rented from Londolozi’s photographic studio or your own personal camera and lens. It’s very important to return home with a few memories which you can look back on, remember and discuss with your family and friends.
For me, capturing a moment or an experience is very important. Getting the best pictures possible whilst enjoying the experience is the ultimate goal. Something I’ll often mention to people and in fact, often remind myself, is to take as many pictures as you can but once you’ve got what you need, take a moment to sit back and enjoy what’s unfolding in front of you.
One of the most amazing chances we get whilst viewing wildlife at Londolozi is the unbelievable privilege to spend up-close and personal time with many different animals. We get the opportunity to spend time sitting with different species, observing, waiting and watching them go about their daily lives as if we weren’t even there. I would say that 90% of the sightings one will experience here at Londolozi, you’ll have ample time to photography and then to just sit and enjoy what’s happening around you. Listening, watching and observing nature and what it presents to us is such an important part of the safari experience, I believe.
All in all, I guess what I’m trying to get at is; take as many photos as you can, and capture every special moment that presents itself. But most importantly, don’t forget to take it all in, enjoy each moment as it comes and allow yourself to watch, listen and use your own, natural field of view.