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New for September 2010 !

Would you like to join me on a special two-week Photo-safari
with tuition - to the fabulous Maasai Mara in Kenya ????

In September 2010 (14/15th- 28/29th) I am teaming up with the best Photo Safari company in Kenya - Freeman Safaris to run a very special two-week Photo Safari including tuition to the fabulous Maasai Mara at the best time of year - September, to coincide with the wildebeest migration.At this time,one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles takes place as millions of wildebeest and zebra run the gauntlet of snapping crocodiles to cross the Mara river from Tanzania into Kenya. September is also a great time of year to photograph young animals - lion, leopard and cheetah cubs and hyena pups are all a possibility. The predators follow the migratory animals, so we maximise our chances to witness and hopefully photograph a lion or cheetah attack. It's not just animals either, there are many spectacular birds such as Auger buzzards, secretary birds, fish eagles, vultures, storks, rollers and a host of other fabulous species to point your lens at !

Unlike most other tours which are located outside the park, we will be located in a luxury camp in what must be the most desirable location in the Maasai Mara National Park. It is in a forest glade beside a hippo pool. At night you will be serenaded to sleep by the cicadas and you may hear nearby lions, leopards, hippos or elephants which contribute to the true wildlife experience of this safari - but safe in the knowledge that the camp is guarded at night by six Massai warriors armed with spears !

You will receive expert tuition and guidance from John Devries of Ophrys Photography in getting better images from your digital SLR. For the first week a daily topic will be covered and John will rotate around the vehicles to assist in the field as necessary. Tuition for the first week will include the following :

Camera basics - getting the camera set up for the situations we will encounter. Settings for static and action shots, moving autofocus points, Shooting jpeg and RAW. White balance.

Getting a sharp image - causes of soft or blurred images. Understanding aperture, shutter speed and ISO. When to hand hold, long lens techniques.

Keeping digital noise to a minimum - shooting ‘to the right’

Correct exposure - understanding and using the histogram, metering system, exposure compensation.

Composition - getting a well composed image, understanding perspective and the importance of light in an image.

Getting something different - ‘arty’ images, sunrises, sunsets and backlit subjects

We will also do some post-processing using Photoshop to help you get the very best out of your images and you will also learn how to sensibly deal with the large collection of images that you will inevitably go back home with.

On the second week you will continue to put into practice what you have learnt and we will do a daily critique of images. John will be on hand to advise and go over any other topics you would like to cover.

I guarantee that you will have the experience of a lifetime and will return home a better photographer with some sensational images !

This is the trip of a lifetime and is limited to a maximum of 12 clients so early booking is very advisable to avoid disappointment. Spouses and partners are very welcome.

To visit Brian's excellent and very comprehensive website or to make a booking click here: Freeman safaris

To see some of my images from this year's Kenyan trip click here African wildlife gallery I am currently continually adding new images to this gallery so please bookmark and revisit regularly.

For my recent Kenya trip report please click here: September News


The cost of this unique opportunity is £3100 all-in (excluding your International Nairobi flights) plus £195 return for the internal flights/transfers plus £18 access to Flying doctor service in the unlikely event that you should need it.The costs include spacious luxury tented accommodation, all meals (fabulous home cooking) all drinks (including evening wine at dinner and soft/alcoholic around the campfire) you even get your washing and ironing done free daily for you.

If you would like more details, or would like a free copy of Brian Freeman's excellent and entertaining DVD "My Africa" which covers all aspects of his safaris please contact me