The African Bush: Zebras, Cats & Elephants at Play

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It often doesn’t work out taking photographs directly into the sun, but every now and then it does and the result is breath taking, (Canon 5D mark III,  f2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100).

It often doesn’t often work out when taking photographs directly into the sun, but every now and then it does and the result is breathtaking. Above taken on a Canon 5D mark III, f2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100

Young leopards tend to have a little more energy that the older crowd so one should always be ready for something different. While casually following a very full Vomba Young male he suddenly lunged into a tree after an irritating Go-Away bird. I tend to prepare for the unexpected so always have your setting ready for the best shot and then hope it happens, (Cannon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 100).

Young leopards tend to have a little more energy that the older crowd so one should always be ready for something different. While casually following a very full Vomba Young male he suddenly lunged into a tree after an irritating ‘Go-Away’ bird (a Grey Lourie). I tend to prepare for the unexpected so always have my settings ready for the best shot and then hope it happens. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 100

The wild dogs have been back on Londolozi in the past week with their super curious puppies. Here one decides whether or not he should chew on my tire. Going back to camera tip of the past the simple square crop would often be frowned apon but in this case I think it works well and sometimes due to the animal it is unavoidable, I’m not sure if you agree, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/500, ISO 400).

A wild dog decides whether or not he should chew on my tire. Going back to the cropping ‘rule of thumbs’ the simple square crop would often be frowned upon but in this case I think it works well and sometimes due to the animals behaviour it is unavoidable. I’m not sure if you agree? Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/500, ISO 400

A Saddle Billed Stork probes for fish and frogs in a small pa, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/3200, ISO 100).

A Saddle Billed Stork probes for fish and frogs in a small pan. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/3200, ISO 100

Summer is a time of babies, water, and lush vegetation but it is also a time of snakes. However to see a snake is very rare and on this occasion a few angry birds gave this snake away. Here is a Boomslang nestled in a buffalo thorn giving me a beady eye, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/640, ISO 100).

Summer is a time of babies, water, and lush vegetation but it is also a time of snakes. However to see a snake is very rare and on this occasion a few angry birds gave this snake away. Here is a Boomslang nestled in a buffalo thorn giving me a beady eye. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/640, ISO 100

Mike wrote a beautiful blog on texture a few weeks ago so I thought I would take on some of his tips and have a go. I’m rather proud of the results and I have started to encourage all my guests to take some texture shots, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/400, ISO 4

This young male leopard has been popping up all over Londolozi but he has chosen to stick around the area in which he was born, around the camp. The Vomba young male catches a quick drink before disappearing into a thicket, (Canon 5D Mark III, f3.5, 1/200 ISO 400).

The Vomba young male catches a quick drink before disappearing into a thicket. Canon 5D Mark III, f3.5, 1/200 ISO 400

After a quick thundershower the last rays of the sun lit up the sky beautifully. Sun rises and sun sets are a major hit with all guests and there is no wrong way of taking them it’s a case of getting the colours right and liking your shot, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/160, ISO 400).

After a quick thundershower the last rays of the sun lit up the sky beautifully. Sun rises and sun sets are a major hit with all guests and there is no wrong way of taking them as it’s a case of capturing the colours. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/160, ISO 400

The Nanga female leopard catches one of the late lambs just as it was getting dark. I don’t often change my ISO but in this case I had to as the light was gone and the photographs were looking rather slow so always look at the light and adjust the ISO, preferably before the animal does something amazing, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/200, ISO 800).

The Nanga female leopard catches one of the late lambs just as it was getting dark. I don’t often change my ISO but in this case I had to as the light was gone and the photographs were looking rather blurry so always look at the light and adjust the ISO accordingly, preferably before the animal does something amazing. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/200, ISO 800

The Marula season is in full swing, and the elephants love it. I found this pile of fresh elephant dung with a gem right in the middle, (Canon 5D Mark III, f6.3, 1/40, ISO 100).

The Marula season is in full swing, and the elephants love it. I found this pile of fresh elephant dung with a gem right in the middle Canon 5D Mark III, f6.3, 1/40, ISO 100

The lone ranger still very much king of his castle. With the weather looks rather ominous and the guests wavering I suggested we go out and search for the Cheetah and thank goodness we did, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/8000, ISO 500).

The lone ranger still very much king of his castle. With the weather looking rather ominous and the guests wavering I suggested we go out and search for the Cheetah and thank goodness we did. It adds a wonderful dynamic to game drives having the cheetahs back in play. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/8000, ISO 500

I love my children, well sometimes. The dark maned male bonds with the Tsalala cubs, (Canon 5D Mark III, f 2.8, 1/320, ISO 400).

‘I love my children, well…sometimes’ The dark maned male bonds with the Tsalala cubs. Canon 5D Mark III, f 2.8, 1/320, ISO 400

Campan the warrier poses for a quick shot with Melvin and his guests in the background, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100).

Campan, the warrior, poses for a quick shot with guests in the background. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/1250, ISO 100

This photograph probably won’t win me any awards but it is none the less A very cute elephant calf, still wobbly on his feet stays very close to his mother, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/200, ISO100).

This photograph probably won’t win me any awards but it is none the less a very cute elephant calf, still wobbly on his feet and staysing very close to his mother. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/200, ISO100

This is my favourite of the week which is yours?  The Mashaba female leopard up in a Marula tree, (Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/3200, ISO 400).

The Mashaba female leopard up in a Marula tree. Canon 5D Mark III, f2.8, 1/3200, ISO 400 This is my favourite of the week, which is yours?

Written and Photographed by Richard Burman

Rich Laburn
Rich Laburn is filmmaker, photographer and writer who is based at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. Spending his time capturing scenes of the wild and communicating the beauty of the African bushveld, he runs the Londolozi Blog as a way to entertain and engage people wishing to visit these wild lands.
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