Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

Want to shoot like a pro? Greg of­fers up a great tip when pho­tograph­ing wildlife.

“I love shoot­ing with slow shut­ter speeds. Nor­mally, you’d want to match your shut­ter speed to the fo­cal length of your lens. With a 300mm lens, you’d want to shoot with a shut­ter speed of 1/300 or faster. But some­times, I like to shoot with a slower shut­ter speed, so that there’s some blur in your pho­to­graph. Tra­di­tion­ally, a still pho­to­graph doesn’t con­vey the move­ment or energy of the sub­ject. Just a slight de­lay can ac­tu­ally cap­ture the move­ment. Some­times, I’d shoot 1/60 of a sec­ond as op­posed to 1/300 of a sec­ond.” To view some of Greg’s award-win­ning im­ages, visit his web­site www.greg­du­ smells. I love the smell of fresh an­te­lope or ele­phant dung. Not many peo­ple know this, but leop­ard urine smells ex­actly like but­tered pop­corn. You get hooked on smells.

Is it dif­fi­cult to cap­ture these senses on cam­era?

Well, that’s my ul­ti­mate goal, to try to do the con­ti­nent jus­tice through my lens. Look, pho­tog­ra­phy is purely vis­ual, and a pho­to­graph is a flat piece of pa­per. My job as a pho­tog­ra­pher is very dif­fi­cult: to try and tell a story through one mo­ment. But the bizarre thing is, it is pos­si­ble. That one mo­ment can trig­ger many senses in a per­son’s imag­i­na­tion. With my photos, I try to give view­ers a glimpse of that mo­ment and let that spark one’s imag­i­na­tion. Pho­tog­ra­phy is a pow­er­ful lan­guage. Vi­su­als have been around long be­fore the writ­ten word.

What tips can you of­fer up to as­pir­ing wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers?

I get con­tacted a lot by as­pir­ing pho­tog­ra­phers ask­ing what they should study or what di­rec­tion they should take. My ad­vice to them is to go on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery. Find out what you trea­sure most in life. What are your pas­sions? And pho­to­graph that. That’s how it worked for me. I’m pas­sion­ate about the African bush. I have a spir­i­tual and emo­tional con­nec­tion to it. It all starts with you, and what you’re pas­sion­ate about.

©GdT Night of the pel­i­can.

©GdT Ge­lada ba­boon.

©GdT Swimming with ele­phants.

©GdT The thinker.

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