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blood on lions tounge

Wait Equals Reward

One of the things that Africa Running Wild Safaris prides itself in is spending time at a location. Wait Equals Reward and we do this when there is something happening. When this happens, we can be at the event between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on what is happening.

Wait equals rewards and it always pays never to be in a hurry. The following selection of images came about because we are prepared to spend time .

When taking your pictures, the first picture that you take should set the scene . Once the scene is set, then your creativity begins. It is all about being aware for the things to look for.

Lion with Buffalo

Looking for those shots that are so different is what your aim should be as they will give you emotive shots.

We didn’t see the kill and arrive 12 hours later. During the time that we were there, we saw many cars come and go. the average time a car waited was less than 4 minutes, then they were gone.

Africa Running Wild Safaris is a strong believer that you are better of  spending time at an event as you are better walking away with awesome images rather than a snap shot.It is when you stop and spend time you will be able to take your time. Taking your time means you will be more aware of the type of shots that you can get. You can wait for one shot that you are wanting to get. Once you have that, then you can work on the next and so on.

Wherever you can get the eye contact of the animal that you are photographing, will always add emotion to the picture.

Lion Looking at camera

Lion looking straight to camera.

Hoof of buffao resting on lion

Being at a place is not just about the overall scene which is important to take. The overall scene is important as that sets the context of where the event took place. Once that has been established, you then have time to look for those very different shots that also tell the story.

It’s now up to your awareness of the number of shots that will add to your story. To do this is waiting for that moment. That comes with having time and not being in a hurry. Animals are always emotive.

Waiting for those moments may take time but they are very rewarding and they will reward you with very special images. As I have mentioned, the key is being aware and not in a hurry. It’s that simple and having a great guide. Which we did. We always work hard to get the best guides that suit us.

The above image is an important image in the context of the event. The color is emotive and adds to the scene.It also shows where the lions may have first started their meal. We don’t like seeing the kills although we didn’t see this take place. We do know that if the lions and other predators didn’t kill, they don’t survive. That’s the harsh reality of Africa.

lion's head inside buffalo stomach

There are so many other images that we could have posted from this event as this is an overview.Wait equals rewards and the final image here is testament to that. The final image sums up this event and portrays a deep satisfaction. The lions are content, full and the pride is well fed,. There were 8 lioness in this pride and they were all taking turns of eating. Head resting on the buffalo, with blood dripping from the tounge says it all.

If we had stayed here for 4 minutes like most did, we would not have come away with these images.Africa Running Wild Safaris prides itself to never be in a rush. If you are a guest who is not in to taking pictures, the good thing for you is that you get to witness the whole story. You will learn so much by spending  time observing.

lion resting head on buffalo head

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Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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