- Posted April 16, 2014 by
Kansas City, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Wildlife Photography -- A True Passion & Ultimate Privilege
1) "Missy" a very cool female leopard that I was able to photograph for over two hours in the Okavango Delta region of Northern Botswana. We bonded and she would actually stop to pose for me. I was mesmerized by her power, grace and sheer beauty.
For over 25 years, I have been drawn by the intrigue, excitement and ultimate privilege that comes with traveling to over 82 different countries (so far) and being able to photograph wildlife. Every image has it's own distinctive story that speaks volumns.
There is a unique humility that comes from the realization that we "humans" are sharing this planet with so many spectacular species of wildlife. I get such joy from capturing the images, but also, being able to share them around the world.
It is my gift, to honor the wildlife in their habitat and know that those who may never actually get to see them in the wild, can experience them through my photography.
First and foremost, the initial lesson that one learns is that most animals don't pose and seldom "smile on que". Secondly, you have to learn to be very, very patient (it could take hours, days or even years to get just the right shot).
Or you might just get a fleeting second to take that award winning image and never have that opportunity again. Either way, wildlife is just that..."wild" and thus, is by nature (pun intended), always changing, moving and challenging us to learn more about their world.
When you interface with wildlife, you may have to take 1000's of images and be willing to be very critical to insure that you have captured that very special "magical moment". As the eyes are the key to their soul, it is best if you can try to focus on that aspect and let the rest of the scene unfold in front of you.
Watch, observe, learn their mannerisms, but most of all, take in the experience of your close encounter, be steady and let the camera be your eyes into a world that captures the imagination.
Included in the above images, is a short collection from my extensive wildlife gallery. Featured are images from my travels in Botswana, South Africa, The Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, and Australia.
Let your sense of adventure and curiosity be your guide to discovering the "magic" of how spectacular it is to photograph wildlife.
All images were taken by Doug Mackenzie, Owner of Mackenzie Images -- mackenzie-images.com, facebook.com/mackenzieimages, Twitter: @mackenzieimages