The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Africa is a rich source of re­mark­able wildlife footage, as view­ers of na­ture doc­u­men­taries and ded­i­cated tele­vi­sion chan­nels such as Foxtel’s An­i­mal Planet and NatGeo Wild well know. But here is a cof­feetable book filled with images that bring the con­ti­nent so dra­mat­i­cally to life, beasts and birds all but leap and fly off the pages. Perth-based Kym and Tonya Ill­man spend about three months a year pho­tograph­ing in the wild and their new pub­li­ca­tion, Africa on Sa­fari (Pa­padakis, $65), is a show­case of their best images. Aside from glossy re­pro­duc­tion and close-en­counter por­traits, use­ful pho­tog­ra­phy tips are in­cluded. For snap­ping moun­tain go­ril­las, ex­pect over­cast skies; “a fast lens like a 135mm f/2.0 is ideal”; and be aware your na­ture guide will not per­mit the use of a po­ten­tially star­tling flash. The Ill­mans have been ex­per­i­men­tal with their tech­niques, from us­ing quad­copters and re­mote­con­trolled cam­era bug­gies (of great in­ter­est to a ju­ve­nile leop­ard, as shown in two amus­ing “selfie” shots) to at­tach­ing re­mote-con­trolled cam­eras to tree trunks or piles of dung, at eye-level with the po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous lo­cals. A hud­dle of wild-eyed mi­grat­ing wilde­beest, pret­tily pat­terned guinea fowl and a pranc­ing black rhino stand out in a mem­o­rable mix across 200 pages. More: face­­fari.


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