The final in­stal­ment of the 2016 Get­away photo com­pe­ti­tion, with prizes worth R160 920 up for grabs

Getaway (South Africa) - - Contents - – By Fanie Jansen van Vu­uren, Bel­lville


I had men­tally planned this star trail for quite some time. In July we did a pho­tog­ra­phy trip from Cape Town to Botswana. Lekhubu Is­land is a des­o­late place in the Mak­gadik­gadi salt pans. I scouted the area just be­fore sun­set and marked my tri­pod po­si­tion and cam­era an­gle. What a sur­prise I re­ceived at 4.30am when re­turn­ing to the site, as noth­ing looked fa­mil­iar! In the cold and dark­ness, even find­ing my lo­ca­tion was a strug­gle. I set up my equip­ment as best as I could in a southerly di­rec­tion and took 16 con­sec­u­tive im­ages. The tim­ing was per­fect, as the last photo cap­tured the warmth of the early dawn, giv­ing soft­ness to the whole pic­ture. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L, ISO 400, f/2.8, 4 min


On a re­cent trip to Botswana, I was spoilt with sev­eral sight­ings of large ele­phant herds on the banks of the Chobe River in Kasane. I was look­ing for some­thing un­usual and saw the op­por­tu­nity when the trunk of an ele­phant in the fore­ground framed the ele­phant’s eye in the back­ground. I fo­cused on the eye and was very pleased with the re­sult! Canon 1Dx, Canon 600mm f/4 L, ISO 1250, f/7.1, 1/500 sec


This lion in the Kgala­gadi was us­ing the thick cover of grass as a way of hid­ing while pe­ri­od­i­cally scan­ning the Po­lentswa Wa­ter­hole for pos­si­ble prey. His cam­ou­flage was out­stand­ing. When he lay down in the grass, he was nearly im­pos­si­ble to see. Nikon D4, Nikkor 600mm f/4, ISO 1100, f/4, 1/500 sec


I vis­ited Sabi Sands Game Re­serve ear­lier this year. On the first night’s game drive we came across hye­nas busy with a wilde­beest car­cass – dash­ing in and out in an ef­fort to get some­thing to eat. A sec­ond sa­fari ve­hi­cle ar­rived and parked on the op­po­site side of the car­cass. We asked our tracker to switch off his spot­light so we could make use of the other ve­hi­cle’s spot­light as back­light. The bat­tle was to cap­ture a sharp im­age – the very low light, high ISO, slow shut­ter speed and con­stantly mov­ing hye­nas made for tricky con­di­tions! I must say that the dust was a bonus. I got only two shots where the hye­nas’ eyes were vis­i­ble, and this is one of them. Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L, ISO 3200, f/5, 1/160 sec


There were a lot of peo­ple around on the day I vis­ited the Spitzkoppe in Namibia, and I had to wait for them to leave. I was afraid my time for a good shot would run out. For­tu­nately, I got it just as the sun set. Dur­ing the day, the gran­ite rocks have a yel­low­ish colour; when the sun sets the rocks change to a sat­u­rated red. Nikon D800E, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, ISO 100, f/4.5, 8 sec


This photo was taken at Satara Camp in the Kruger Park. The red-billed que­leas were tak­ing a bath in a small pud­dle of wa­ter left af­ter a rain shower. Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f/4L, 1.4x con­verter, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/640 sec

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