The image below won a second price in the Club Image Competition of Country Life. The results and the images are published in the August 2013 edition of the magazine.
Image was taken from special designed photography safari boat of Coetzernaturephotography on the Chobe River, Botswana in June 2012 around 17H15 on our way back to the lodge. Just an example of how important light is for capturing a nice photo. This time around it taken during the last golden hour of the day – the reason for the rich golden colour on the hippo itself.
For more info on the image – read the applicable trip report posted on this blog.
Thank you Country Life, for the competition and choosing one of my images as a price winner. http://www.countrylife.co.za/index.php?p%5BIGcms_nodes%5D%5BIGcms_nodesUID%5D=bad689a177bdaaafb596002d834a43ca
Message to take home
Many photographers will tell you – getting great photos are all about being at the right place at the right time. What it means is, it is just like in Real Estate. Getting great photos is all about location, location, location. Surely nobody will disagree with such a statement. However, and this image is an example of the “however”, it is not as much the beauty of a location, but rather, the quality of the light at a location. On the Chobe River there are lots of opportunities and therefore being on Lou’s boat is an example of location, location, location (the beauty of a location). But one needs to capture those opportunities in the perfect light. Then you will get that WOW image – using the quality of the light at a location.
Until next time, keep on shooting in the perfect light conditions and simply enjoy Mother Nature when the light is not suitable for photography.