OK, I think that I am finally starting to gain some momentum in editing the thousands (literally) of images I took on safari.
I have been home for a few weeks now, and somehow the very large collection of safari shots became overwhelming.
Where to start? How to decide what I like, what to delete, what to submit to Dt? Well, I guess that all journeys begin with, and proceed in, single steps. That in mind, I am going through the images day by day, trying to find my favorites from each. This isn't always easy, as the differences between one photo and the next can be minute.
But I am not complaining at all. I am hoping this process takes months, as it's very enjoyable, and takes me back to Botswana, Zambia, South Africa . . .
Before I went on safari to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, I scoured the web and photo guide books for tips on how to prepare. I found quite a bit of good advice, but, once I got to my destination, I realized there were many things that I wish I had known.
In the hopes that these ideas will be useful to others who might be in a similar situation, I'll post some of those 'things I wish I knew.'
Here's the first: You don't have much control over your position or angle when you are out on game drive in an open jeep. Most of the time, you must stay in the safari vehicle for safety reasons. You are NEVER allowed to stand up, or even move around too much. This means that you don't have much say in your position relative to your photo subject. For people who are used...
The last couple times I have traveled, I have made a deliberate effort to haul out my camera before I unpack my bags and strew my things around my hotel room. When I can hold back from making a mess of my room long enough to take a photo or two, I have been rewarded with some nice shots.
Of course, these are good for memories, and they make me appreciate all the hard work that goes into making a hotel room look inviting, but they just might sell, too. So, the next time you find yourself in a pristine hotel room, think about tucking your bags out of sight, and capturing the feeling of the room. . .
Before You Mess Up That Hotel Room ... yeah, and before you eat that lunch ... and before you say to kids, go and clean up yourselves ... and before you take your backpack and run to catch your travelmates ... Would it be fair that photographers would have twice the time other people have? I think it would. Anyway, you must have had a great trip. I hope we can see more safari shots in your portfolio. :)
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