Sunday, 2 November 2008

To zoom or not to zoom

Regarding the previous post I was asked how 'super' the zoom must be to get close-ups of the wildlife. Well, here at MalaMala (South Africa) you can be so close to the animals, you almost don't need one. I think the photos speak for themselves.


april said...

Wow, so close to wild animals. It must be great to see them like that.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi JM :

Very daring feat. You are so close to these wild animals. The jeep doesn't look fully covered. What will happen if they attacked you?

Very wonderful and rare photos of courage and adventure.

Best wishes :)

Per Stromsjo said...

...and not without some risk. I wonder how often that gun is used.

Good photos, in particular the last one.

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Wow benjamin! You're this close to them!?!? WOW! I'm sure the feeling is so uplifting to be close to those wonderful creatures? Are those buffalo like animals are waht thy call wild-beasts? Great shots!


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! I am ENVIOUS, wish I were there too--cool photos, what an experience!

JM said...

Joseph and Per,
the animals are so used to the jeeps they will never attack you, but you can't speak loud or stand up as they face the car and people has a whole thing. The rangers are very experienced people who have made this for a living and know nature as nobody else. My tour guide never shot his gun in 7 years and only had two less pleasant experiences, one with an elephant, the other with a giraffe because, he admits, he really got TOO close, making those animals feel unsafe and they have just reacted to intimidate.

Joy said...

Can I just say, I love the lion! He's so handsome!

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Snapshutter said...

Very interesting collection of african wild life you have there.

Ming said...

Great photos there JM. Really nice to see the wildlife in closeup action.

I would be using zoom for dangerous situation :-)

Lucia said...

Wow...I wish I had your camera and your life! Gorgeous photos!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Absolutely wonderful pictures JM. I especially love the leaopards and Mala Mala is just the place to go to see them. I worked as a tour guide to Kruger National Park for 17 years then at a private lodge for another 5. I loved the life!!