A selection of the best readers’ photographs submitted to the Getaway Gallery Photographic Competition in association with Canon for June 2018.
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After calling it a day at a bird hide in Kruger (not a feather in sight), I was walking back to the car and happened to look up. There had been a rain shower a few minutesearlier and these egrets,drying and preening themselves, were perfectly placed against the cloudysky, backlit by the diffused sun. It was eerily beautiful. – By Lani Edwards, Cape Town. Canon EOS 550D, Sigma150-600mm f/5-6.3, ISO 200, f/11, 1/1250 sec
I’ve been going to Betty’s Bay regularly for 28 years, and this was only the second time I’ve seen such incredible lightning over the ocean. I set up my camera on the porch and started shooting, then layered the images in post-production to show the storm over three hours. – By Fred van Leeuwen, Joburg. Canon 5D Mk II (with shutter release and tripod),Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, ISO 100, f/5.6, 200 sec
I shot this at the Eye-level Bird Hide at Zibulo Colliery near Ogies, early one morning. I patiently tried to capture this image and then on the third attempt, as the darter surfaced with its prey, I was successful. – By Dr PJ Steyn Joubert. Nikon D500, Nikkor 200-500mm at 5000mm, ISO 720, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec
My mother and I were on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Okavango Delta when we came across a troop of monkeys moving through the bush. While the tourists on the safari vehicle watched their antics in front, I turned around and shot into the late afternoon light. Just as we were about to drive off, this vervet monkey looked up at a flurry of flying insects. Snap! – By John Mullineux, Secunda. Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 100-400m, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/800 sec
It was the end of the dry season in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. There had been no wind, so the dust was hanging in the air. I took this shot early in the morning, into the sun for maximum ‘dust effect’. I focused on the dove to get it sharp and used limited depth of field so the wildebeest was out of focus. – By Teresa Nel, Bloemfontein. Nikon D4s, Nikon 400mm f/2.8, ISO 500, f/8, 1/4000 sec
I was in the Masaai Mara near the end of a 23-day overland trip and was delighted to find myself in the middle of the great migration. What a spectacular thing it was being in the middle of so many animals.These zebra and wildebeest gathered together to form a slightly squished map of Africa. – By Russel Gowlett. Nikon Coolpix B700, ISO 100, F/3.4, 1/400sec
The pied kingfishers at Intaka Island in Cape Town are always entertaining. They make an appearance quite often, but to get one with a fish requires persistence and timing. They are relentless in their fishing exploits, dropping from a hover or a perch into the water. Once caught, they dash the fish on a branch and swallow it whole. It took several 4am Saturday starts for me to capture this image. – By Brian Suter, Fish Hoek. Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm f/4E, ISO 1100, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec
I love macro photography and go in search of little critters to shoot whenever I have the chance. Jumping spiders are my favourite as each one seems to have its own character. Crouched on the ground in the bush on the banks of the Kariega River at Kenton-on-Sea, getting bitten by mosquitoes and scratched by thorns, I turned over a dead log – and this little guy was sitting there. – By Jean Goldstone, Jeffey’s Bay. Canon 1DX Mk ll, Canon 100mm f/2.8, ISO 800, f/5, 1/100sec
Crab spiders do not build webs, but wait inside a flower for days on end to prey on a bee, or other insect. This shot was taken by hand in natural light with a blue flower behind offsetting the foreground. I used a short burst of shots at high shutter speed, using only a few focal points and the continuous focus method. – By Brian Suter, Western Cape. Nikon D500, Nikkor 105mm Macro lens, ISO 1100, F/8, 1/2000 sec
We were on our afternoon drive in the Kgalagadi Transfronteir Park when we came across two lionesses and a young male lion lying under a tree next to the road. After driving 6km further on we noticed that a thunderstorm was approaching and decided to turn back and see if the lions were still in the same place. We found them, with the lionesses looking utterly unimpressed with the rain. I used a slow shutter speed to emphasize the downpour of the rain. – By Teresa Nel, Bloemfontein. Nikon D5, Nikon 600mm f/4.0, ISO 320, F/11, 1/160s