Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
‘Part of the great Makgadikgadi Pans Complex, Nxai Pan National Park comprises several larger pans – Nxai Pan, Kgama-Kgama Pan and Kudiakam Pan, which were once ancient salt lakes. These larger pans are now grassed and scattered with islands of acacia trees, while smaller pans fill with water during the rainy season from December to April. I saw this giraffe approaching in the distance and after a little manoeuvring, I managed to get the setting sun in the background with the sky quickly changing from orange to deep purple.’
Photo by Christiaan Winterbach.
While it’s often tempting to sip cocktails on the lodge deck watching another African sunset slip away, this is one of the best times to capture compelling images. Make the effort and you’ll be rewarded.
To book a trip to Nxai Pan National Park, visit adventures.getaway.co.za.
Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique
‘I fell in love with the amount of blue that bombards your eyes while you’re out on the water. I saw this local man paddling towards us, trying to sell his catch of the day. I lowered the shutter speed and prayed I would capture the vastness of blue I was witnessing through the camera.’
Photo by Dale Morris, www.geckoeye.com.
Some of the greatest images are the simplest. By not including any detail besides the man, his canoe and the vast ocean, Dale conveys a story of timelessness – much like the locals’ ancient connection to the sea.
To book an island-hopping dhow safari in Mozambique, visit adventures.getaway.co.za.
‘While on a visit to the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg, we woke to find more than a foot of snow and a complete whiteout at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge – it was so thick we were actually snowbound for an extra day. The next morning greeted us with this scene as the sun finally broke through the clouds and the snow stopped falling.’
Photo by Emil von Maltitz, www.limephoto.co.za.
More often than not, landscape images are taken from a standing position, resulting in a predictable perspective. Try getting a different perspective by lying on the ground and including an interesting subject in the foreground.