We met Andre Bosman during December in the Kruger Park. We had been sitting at a leopard kill sighting near Shingwedzi camp and the leopard had disappeared for the past few hours and, of course, all the cars had left.
We had not seen the kill so stayed behind as we were trying to locate the carcass, that was 'under a bush' and we had spotted a hoopoe constantly flying to and from its nest.
Andre had been at the sighting but returned in case the leopard had emerged and he drove up to us, looked around, and asked if we were photographing the hoopoe. We then realised he's a "real wildlife photographer"!
Most people would not have worked out what we were watching nor would they have returned to the sighting spot in the afternoon heat.
Andre then sat with us in the boiling heat and eventually the leopard returned just before sunset, had a drink and dragged the carcass out from under the bush - we captured some good images as we were both patient and were prepared to endure the uncomfortable heat.
We then joined Andre on a few more game drives and had a great time together, working as a team at sightings, like at this lion pride on a zebra kill behind Shingwedzi camp...
It's not often we find visitors who are able to anticipate animal's actions, are prepared to endure discomfort and are keen to learn more about photography and nature.
Then, after seeing Andre's superb fine art wildlife images we interviewed him and here's the result...
I have always been a wildlife enthusiast. On social platforms I would page through people’s photos and always wished I could capture good photos like they do. I started out with a small point and shoot camera and then the photography bug bit me and I wanted a better camera and lens! I then started talking to photographers on the social platforms and before I knew it, I was totally engrossed in photography and had upgraded my photo gear.
When I look at different styles of photography on social media platforms, the fine art style appealed to my creative side. When I sit down with a raw photo and start to edit it, the creative juices start flowing and I create what I feel would most appeal to someone looking at my photos.
Here are some examples of before and after editing, some more subtle than others and with all of them the subject 'pops' after the transformation to low-key...
Self-taught using YouTube and online photography courses. Whenever I don’t understand a setting on my camera or in Photoshop, I'll search on Google and YouTube until I find the answer and understand what I am doing.
You obviously need to separate wheat from chaff – you will quickly see which websites and video channels provide quality information!
I use both Photoshop and Lightroom. I imagine as I progress and my skills grow, I will use my camera more as the tool of choice. Also, some edits can be done only in post-processing, such as the male lion in black and white with a colored eye, so Photoshop and Lightroom are indispensable tools for me, just like the darkroom was indispensable for Ansel Adams.
I spend the majority of my free time and holidays photographing and/or editing and one photo can take me anything from 2 hours to 2 days to edit.
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Canon 1DX mark 2 with a Canon 600mm f4 lens
Canon 7D mark 2 with a Canon 100-400mm lens
Canon EOS 5DS R with a Tamron 24-70mm lens, mainly for landscapes
Mostly the big cats like leopard, but in the same breath some of my favorite photos have been landscapes and birds. I love sitting at the hides and dams to see what pitches up - as the saying goes #KrugerNeverDisappoints!
My favorite places are mostly in the south of Kruger, around Malelane, Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie. This year, however, I went up North as its quieter in December than the South, which gets very congested during holiday seasons.
My favorite road would be the gravel roads around Biyamiti Weir as it tends to be a leopard hotspot for me...
Yes. I plan my trips in the evenings. I usually have three or four ideas of what I am looking for, based on that day's sightings, but also what lighting and which area/s I need to go to achieve my goals for the day.
This is a difficult question to answer as I am still learning so much as I go along on my photographic journey.
For most memorable, I haven’t ever seen a live kill, but I have seen six different leopards in one day (around Shingwedzi – the S56 Mphongolo road and the S52 Redrocks road.
The best sighting that comes to mind is the tawny eagle that caught and ate a barn owl!
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