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Visiting Africa: Photographing Nature and Wildlife

     Life is an adventure, and where better to start than in Africa, photographing wildlife. An experience of a lifetime waits for you in Africa.

I have always considered myself someone for who photography was more than just a hobby. I have taken great pride in honing my craft and making sure that I was the best of the best when it came to taking photographs. I long ago realized that the best way to be make sure I was sharp was to capture animals such as African animals when they were doing their thing. I donít like to toot my own horn but I believe my work in this area qualifies me to be called a wildlife photographer.

Wildlife photography is one of my favorite subjects because there is just so much of nature to enjoy. You donít really know what the ďcall of the wildĒ is until you are out on the plains taking photo after photo of animals in Africa. Most of us have seen the majestic lion or the impressive in size rhino in some sort of pen at the zoo, but those are animals that are living a life in captivity. Real photography artists want to be able to say that their subjects look as natural as possible. That cannot be done when you are talking about snapping a photo of an animal at the zoo.

If you want to be a real artist you need to make sure and get into the thick of things and you need to make sure that your wildlife photographs are top quality. Not every photo has to be one that has a massive amount of action involved. I have taken some of my best photos when animals were just hanging out with their families or were drinking, along with a ton of different kinds of animals at the local spring. There is something I find especially moving about watching water buffalo, zebras and even large birds all joining together to get a drink of water on a hot African day.

African art prints are my favorite because the art actually presents itself. I do not have to frame the shot as much, or make sure that the subject is doing the right thing when I snap the picture. I know that if I can get a good look at the right kind of animal, the print will be great because of what was in it. It still takes some skill to get the right angle and make sure that the light is in a position where my subjects are not sitting in shadow but the animals do an awful lot of the work.

I love visiting Africa and I love taking wildlife photographs because the situation is much more than me heading to work. My office is the wide-open spaces and I donít have any deadlines other than the ones I set for myself. I love taking pictures of African animals the most because I know that I am getting images that have never been seen before. Obviously, everyone has seen a picture of a lion, but they havenít seen the exact picture I just took. That means a great deal to me.

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As you can see, there is plenty to worry about before you even get yourself on your wildlife photography expedition. It's often too easy to get caught up with what you'll do when you spot animals in Africa, rather than what you need to do to even make you wildlife photography possible.

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