Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve Photographic Tips
When going on a Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve Safari it is imperative that one has photographic or video footage. We would like to discuss first of all types of terrain found in the reserve of both Hluhluwe and Umfolozi the two do differ a bit Hluhluwe has more rolling hills and therefore portrait photography is more prominant while in the Umfolozi one has the ability to get closer to the animal for close ups.
As technology changes at such a fast pace we are blown away with some of the types of cameras, cell phone and video technology that is available to us and clients.
It is therefore now nolonger 5 megapixel pixel cameras but rather 10 and up cameras found on the shelf, you now too can take that professional photo shot of what ever comes across the viewfinder.
Jacques on of our lead guides is a keen photographer and would be delighted to send you some advice before travelling abroad to witness the great African animals that we have. So please drop us a line below and let us know what you would like to know.
Herewith our first of many tips to come:
Animals are inherently more sensitive to the shape and form of an upright human being than they are to vehicles. You can attribute this to the thousands of years we’ve spent hunting them for food. The fear that animals have for humans is well deserved. Many wildlife photographers use expensive and complicated blinds to hide their presence from animals. In the right circumstances though, you already have a working blind—your Game Drive Vehicle.
Some more cautious animals will flee at the sight of a vehicle. Black Rhino, for instance, flee at the sight of a car as much as they do a human being. But many species feel much more comfortable around them than they do people, especially in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve where vehicles are a common sight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been able to get remarkably close to African Wild Dog in the Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Unfortunately too often, a tourist with a point-and-shoot camera comes along and steps out of their vehicle and the shoot is over.
Stabilizing your camera inside a car isn’t often easy. You can set up some tripods so that you can shoot from the driver or passenger seat, but some wildlife photographers find the tripod too constrictive, especially when photographing animals on the move. It is always important also to let your guide know that you are interested in photography as he or she may have you seated in a specific seat and also allow you more time to get that shot.
Until next time….