Category: Nature

How to catch that spark – Photographing Lightning

How exactly does one catch that ultra fast lightning bolt on camera? I have been struggling with this for a couple of months now and last night I finally figured out how to do it. I have read tons of articles on this subject and there are a mentions of quite a few ways to…


Dancing Carmine bee-eaters, as seen through the lens of Peter McKellar

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters are fascinating birds. It is our pleasure to share some amazing images captured by wildlife and nature photographer Peter McKellar with our readers. They are breeding migrants to the northern regions of southern Africa and their arrival in August each year brings a kaleidoscope of colour to the African landscape.   The…


A photo safari in the Kgalagadi – January 2012

Striking the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park in January while a heat wave is sweeping through the country is no joke. Forty Five degrees Celsius was the norm with animals hiding under every inch of shade during midday. Luckily for me I got some amazing sightings during my two week stay with lots of photographic opportunities….


Wildlife photographer, Hilton Kotze, explains photographing moving objects

PAN PAN PAN PAN PAN !!!!!!…. These are often the words you will hear while on safari with me . Today I’d like to take a brief look at the  topic of panning– that of photographing moving subjects.   The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in…


Lions create their own unique roadblock in Africa!

A friend of mine and founder of Phototalk / Phototalk Safaris recently emailed me a fascinating photo taken during a recent photo safari to Botswana! This photo captures beautifully how a pride of lions is trying to avoid the extreme heat in Africa by enjoying the cooler road surface offered by the shade provided by…


Sun, Sea, Sand and Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa

South Africa is blessed with sun, sea, sand and the most beautiful beaches! This past December hundreds of thousands of South Africans were once more able to enjoy these blessings on our coastline and were also joined by thousands of tourists escaping the bitterly cold of the Northern Hemisphere! The most beautiful and well cared…


In Conversation with travel photographer Greg Ewing

There is no better time than summer in South Africa to share some stunning images from one of our best outdoor photographers, Greg Ewing. I met Greg a few years back at the Billabong Pro in J-Bay while he was still working full time for Zig Zag magazine. Since then he became a freelance travel\sport\outdoor…


Sanparks hidden treasure…..??

Just came back from Mokala National Park yesterday where we stayed four days at the Motswedi camping site. This was my fourth visit to Mokala and must say it surprises me more and more everytime. Mokala is 70km south of Kimberley on the N12 route to Cape Town. To read more about the geographical details…


Photos remind us of Cape Town in the early 1960’s

Many of us were not yet born at the time – and others were still to young to remember, but many of our parents and grandparents are able to tell us stories of Cape Town and what they did in and around Cape Town when they were young. We seldom see photos of Cape Town…


Walking with Lions at Donkerhoek Farm, Free State

This past weekend I had the greatest privilege of walking around with White and Brown Lions at Donkerhoek Lion Farm just outside of Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. The farm is privately owned and they specialise in big cat breeding. They currently have about 45 Lions (which consist of brown and the very rare white lions)…