Africa has been on my radar for a while. Having shot around Europe, India and South America, I was up for a completely new challenge, and also for exploring a continent that in many ways was different to anywhere I’d experienced. I knew it wouldn’t be easy – I’ve heard stories from fellow photographers on how certain African countries weren’t the most camera-friendly of places, and Ethiopia was one of them. In spite of this, I still wasn’t fully prepared for the intensely challenging experience I was about to embark on.
The black panther has been one of the most iconic creatures the world has ever known. They have such beauty and power, yet are extremely rare to find in the natural world. There had been rumours that at least one was living in the Laikipia region of Kenya, but without any high-quality footage or photographs, confirming their existence was impossible.
This led British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas on a mission to Africa, to finally capture the majestic big cat on camera in Laikipia Wilderness Camp. To do so, he used several camera traps from Camtraptions. And eventually, his patience and perseverance paid off, capturing some absolutely stunning photographs of wild black panthers.
Aerial photography gives us an entirely new perspective and a new view of the world around us. I always find it exciting to see this new perspective, and so does Australian photographer Leah Kennedy. So, she took her gear and flew over vast landscapes of Namibia in a helicopter or a small aircraft. She played with the aerial view in search of abstraction, and this has resulted in some fascinating, painting-like images.
Artificial intelligence is already used in cameras for various purposes, but Resolve and Intel have teamed up and created an AI-based camera that is used for a good cause. Their TrailGuard is a camera that helps to protect endangered species in Africa. It’s able to detect, stop, and arrest poachers before it’s too late.
A few months ago I was commissioned by a boutique safari company to travel to Tanzania and document my experience throughout my adventure. Here is WILD: Africa is Calling
Africa begins with a smell. From the moment I stepped out of the plane, I was enveloped by the strong scent of the earth.
One of the powers of photography is to teach us about the world and the places we may never see ourselves. Photographer Michele Zousmer traveled to Omo Valley in the southwest of Ethiopia. She brought back some striking photos, capturing daily lives of four tribes living in this area: Arbore, Konso, Hamer and Banna.
Michele captured the moments from their lives including the “everyday stuff” like going to a market, to one of the tribe’s rituals. Along with the images, there are the stories of the people in them, which give the whole project a new, more personal dimension.
There’s been quite a hype about the new Nikon D850. Even me, generally not obsessed with gear, am thinking of saving up and treat myself with this beast of a camera someday. But, judging from the list of Nikon Asia, Middle East and Africa Ambassadors – this camera may not be for women. Their promotional team contains 32 men and zero women. It could be an accident, or maybe they really think this camera is too hard for the ladies to handle.
Growing up in England, home to brown bears, wolves, wolverines and woolly mammoths, photographer Nick Brandt noticed something. Like most of us, he spotted that they weren’t around any more. Mankind had encroached upon their territory and essentially wiped them out. Or at least, led to the cause of their demise long before any of us were ever born.
Nick also realised that this was still going on, today at an ever increasing rate. This is what sparked the idea for his Inherit the Dust series of photographs. For the project, he placed life size prints of animals into what used to be their natural habitats in order to photograph them. To show the new context of their environments, to make people realise what we risk losing.
The huge popularity of action cameras has resulted in endless point-of-view videos, used anywhere from sharing with friends on social media to high-end commercial productions, with varying levels of awesomeness.
While many of these videos are nothing to write home about, and the POV-style video is getting a bit old, the people over at National Geographic hit the nail on the head with this one.
Featuring a great subject, location, concept and cause, this video shows what it looks like to be eaten by vultures in Tanzania’s Serengeti.