Albert Einstein once said – Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. I have been on this pursuit for a while now. In fact many people get shocked when I tell them my first love in photography was Nature, Wildlife photography in specific. There are very few things on earth that give me the calmness I get when am shooting wildlife. If money was no object, this is what I would do for the rest of my life. I would get myself a Jeep Wrangle, pack up my gear and head out on my journeys across the world. The feeling I get when my 500mm is pointing at a lion cracking buffalo bones coupled by singing birds in the background is second to none.
One of the things that attracted me to wildlife is my love for big cats. I follow BBC big cat diaries like a religion. They are amazing! I can watch them all day. The intelligence they display especially when hunting is simply amazing.
Secondly, you need to know your camera when you are shooting wildlife. There is no room for guesswork. The animals are not posing for you so you have to use that split second chance you get to get a perfect shot. Also remember there are no strobes so you have to use the natural light cleverly. That’s why I love shooting at the golden hour; you get this amazing rim light on your subject that is just glorious.
I always try my best to get out of the city when i can. This Easter I got to see another part of my beautiful country I have never visited. Ol Pejeta in Nanyuki was my destination. My girlfriend was pretty excited because she had never seen a Rhino in her life, so here was my chance to impress. As soon as I got there, a game drive was the first thing I did, maybe the only thing I did. Not only did we spot the Rhino on the first day, we saw 5 southern whites. The following morning, one black Rhino tried to challenge us. I can still feel the chills.
If you are the person who sits in Nairobi and thinks that Kenya is not beautiful to tour, let my canon challenge you. Check out some of what I was able to capture. Remember you can still buy any of my wildlife prints at www.500px.com/BoyOnTheLedge i will be uploading more of the trips photos on the same link and on my instagram page (thebotl)
Special thanks to Abdi of InsidersAfrica for being a great guide on this journey.