A Lifelong Dream

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When I was a young boy, my father went to visit his sister in South Africa.  At the time I didn’t really think much of it, though I do remember that he got to go on a plane which was really exciting.  I waved at every plane I noticed that week; my dad had to be on one of them, right?

When he returned, he told me stories of amazing things.  One time, a whole herd of springbok jumped right over the top of their car.  They went to a water park with one of the world’s biggest water slides.  He gave me a t-shirt.  It had ‘The Big Five’ written in an awesome 80s-style font at the top, with drawings of an elephant, a lion, a leopard, a rhino, and a water buffalo in that old-school-spray-gun style normally reserved for images of wolves howling at the moon.  It would be the most hipster thing I owned, if I still had it.

In 2010, I went to Africa myself.  I didn’t go to South Africa, but instead headed to Kenya and Tanzania on a 12 day camping safari.  It was unforgettable; walking with giraffes, talking with warriors, sleeping with hyena, eating with monkeys, the Serengeti, the Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Amboseli, and the first time I saw Kilimanjaro before climbing it a year later.

 

This was the vehicle of my safari. I decided the only way to do it justice was to make the dynamic range so high that it looked like a transformer.
This was the vehicle of my safari. I decided the only way to do it justice was to push the dynamic range so high that it looked like a transformer.

 

At the time I was hoping to move towards a career in wildlife photography, before realising that the environments in which animals live are more important than any pictures I could take.  I went out armed with my rebel XTi and a new 70-300 lens, shooting in JPEG (face-palm).  I came back with 7000 images.  It’s taken me until now to sort them out.

 

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One Response

  1. Beautiful photos Luke

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