howigottheshot

How I Got the Shot: Reflective Symmetry

My most recent visit to Mana pools with Chris and Carol Sheppard coincided with the start of the rainy season. Two day before our arrival 165 mm of rain fell in 24 hours.

Our first evening game drive terminated at Trichilia view point. It was sundowner time, so the G&T`s were guzzled quickly as the sun set and dipped behind the distant Zambian escarpment. We were amazed to see how much standing water remained, forming a large pool in front the road and near the Zambezi River.

How I Got the Shot: "Shadow Mate"

I took the original shot of the Yellow-billed stork in Mana Pools in mid-October 2017. I had been sitting next to Long Pool for quite some time, watching the pair as they walked and waded together in the shallows often rubbing up against each other and scraping their bills together in a playful manner. They were fascinating in the way they moved together, often in unison and I managed to take quite a number of interesting shots of them.

How I Got the Shot: Maelstrom

For several years I have wanted to capture the stunning interplay and effect of water and hair when a person submerged and then the head is flicked back “violently” as they jump and clear the surface.

My grand-daughter Isabelle (9) was the perfect candidate as she has long thick hair down to the middle of her back. She also loves water and plays in our pool for hours. So on New Year’s Day I finally convinced her to let me take some photos to this end.

How I Got the Shot – Painted Reed Frog at Rest

With no travel planned over December, and the Mashonaland Photographic Society deadline looming, I realised I needed to get out and about and make a concerted effort to take some sort of photograph to submit.

I wandered around the garden for hours, looking for insects and bugs. I managed to find a couple of possible entries but nothing that really felt like it would catch the judges’ attention. I also used this time to get to know the Nikon D4 as opposed to the Nikon D7100 I normally use.