Safari Shutters

This is a group for anyone who loves taking photos of wildlife and listening to the sounds of the bush. We share information and ideas here with all of the other 'Safari Shutters' in our group. For constructive advice, we encourage you to post your unedited images as well as your edited versions.  This will make it easier for our experienced members in our group to assist you with ways to improve your wildlife photography  – All welcome…even if you don’t have all the big lenses!

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4 Day Wildlife Photographic Safari - September 2016

Our next 4 Day Wildlife Photographic Safari will take place at Monate Private Game Lodge in Limpopo. It has been scheduled for the 2nd of September 2016 to September the 5th.

For more details please click on the Wildlife Photographic Safari link here below:


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A Story through my lens

Started by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje. Last reply by Rudolph Viljoen Sep 3, 2015. 5 Replies

Us as wildlife photographers absolutely love nature and are curios as to what beautiful things were put on this earth for our enjoyment.When we see such amazing sights, it is a remarkable experience to be able to pay the picture from the human eye justice by photographing it with the right equipment to enjoy forever…Continue

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Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on November 15, 2016 at 13:21

Our dates for our beginners & advanced Wildlife Workshops will be announced shortly.

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on July 26, 2016 at 10:51
Good news!! I managed to negotiate a much beter rate for our accommodation at Monate for the 4 day 5 nights Wildlife photography Safari as they want our business. The price per person sharing is no longer R11500-00. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve your Wildlife photography for only R8750-00 per person sharing. Secure your seat now by paying a deposit as I will only accommodate 6 photographers. Go onto photo critic's main page to book for this safari. Hope to see you soon! - Bruna
Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on July 6, 2016 at 19:59
To all our Wildlife / Nature photographers- there is limited space available on our Monati wildlife safari in September. I would love for our Photocritic members to have first option. It is time to pay your deposit to secure your place.
Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on May 20, 2016 at 14:06
Hi Nadia, thank you for sharing this us. I FULLY agree with you on this one. They don't care about anyone els and will actually park in front of you....totally blocking your view. I am leaving for the Kruger on Monday and I will collect one of the newspapers, forgot what it is called, at the entrance gate. Maybe worthwhile doing a write up about this kind of behavior in there. Nevertheless, you still got a Cool shot
Comment by Nadia de Lange on May 14, 2016 at 19:34

Spent a few days in Kruger, and came across this leopard. Unfortunately, we were joined by two trucks from a safari company who had no respect for the leopard and just wanted the best spot. The leopard clearly wanted to cross the road, but the safari vehicles went to stand right in front of him / her. A lot of growling eventually ended in the leopard running into the bushes with its prey. I have to admit, the ever increasing presence of these disrespectful safari vehicles is making Kruger a less and less attractive option for our bush breaks.

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on April 24, 2016 at 15:11

The start of a new challenge for me – got my husband involved and we invested in a Drone.  Had numerous crash landings with the simulator. A good friend who have learned the expensive way, suggested we buy a toy drone to practice with first, a lot cheaper to crash. During practice time with the toy drone, the dogs, cat, and myself ran away from the chaos as far as possible...very dangerous stuff..believe me!  What an experience!!!.  I am now glad to report that he finally managed to get a perfect takeoff as well as a perfect landing again with the Drone.  Still a lot to learn as far as the editing of drone footage is concerned. Will share our experience when possible on our Group page..   

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on March 9, 2016 at 20:40

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Johan van Rensburg for giving me this most valuable field guide to African Mammals (second edition) by Jonathan Kingdon.  Johan attended my wildlife workshop at Ngomo Safari Lodge and he is a brilliant wildlife photographer himself. Thank you so much Johan!  I really appreciate it very much!

Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on March 8, 2016 at 17:23

You are always welcome Deborah - shout if there is anything ells ok.

Comment by Deborah Jordan on March 8, 2016 at 17:12

Hi Bruna

Many thanks for taking the time out to send back comments - don't worry, love the detail and feedback even if it is a book - will definitely take the comments below and thanks for the suggestion on the crop


Comment by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje on March 8, 2016 at 17:03

Hi Deborah - Nothing wrong with your 6D - it is a full frame 20.2 MP camera and what friends tell me, deals with noise quite well. A little slow, but it also comes with a 11AP point, 1 cross-type sensor.

Correct focusing and shutter speed is one of the key aspects in wildlife photography.  You need to know when to switch to One shot AF for still subjects, AI Servo for mowing subjects or AI Focus AF for unpredictable moving subjects. Not sure what your camera was set on.  Although you only have 11 AF points you can activate all of them or just some of them, depending on your background and your subject. We then call that dynamic points activated.

  • Here is what I would have maybe done in your situation - I would have activated AI Servo with 11 (maybe I have not yet tested your camera), points activated as your subject was open and could jump down the tree at any moment. Only when your subject starts moving your 6D would have been a problem for you as it is actually to slow @ 4.5 FPS.  So don't pack your 6D away.  Always good to have a second camera for moments like this.  

  • I would have switched to AV - checked my speed at f/5.6 - if slower than my reciprocity value of my lens, (in your case it would have been nothing slower than 1/1200s), dialled in the desired ISO to increase shutter speed to a minimum of 1/1200s keeping in mind not to abuse the ISO value for noise - and dialled in + one stop compensation to push in just a little more light into the face of the Leopard which was in the shade. 

Spot was a good choice and remember, bean bags are not really the best option to avoid camera shake.  

The rest is editing - you need to crop tighter to place focus on the leopard and not on the tree and darken the tree itself as it is overpowering and nearly the same colour as your subject. 

Here is a suggested crop that could maybe work?  I have also darkened the tree with the Burn Tool in photoshop slightly but the real reason why the tree and the editing is a problem for Deon is because you have over sharpened the entire image to get the Leopard sharp and that made the tree the focus point and not your beautiful Leopard.  

Wow..I hope this helps a little - i tried my best not to write a book!!!.  




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