I have had a wonderful journey this year with my photography. It has been more than just rewarding. It has been enriching. I have learnt more technical aspects which has improved my photography. I've beaten my spider phobia - not one slaughtered this year and plenty photographed. I've been on a number of wonderful trips and outings which has allowed me opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise.
But most of all I have shared it with like-minded people. I've met new friends. I've kept old friends. The same people who like me will get up at 4am to go shoot dawn, tramp in the mud to get closer to the shot that is needed, lie down on sand for a lower angle. People who are willing to share their knowledge and time. Thank you for sharing my passion and my journey.
For those of you who view my photos thank you for the compliments and the appreciation. I am glad that through my eyes you can see some of what I see and love.
On the landscapes top of the list would have to be Giants Castle ... I've often seen landscape photos of the mountains receding into the distance, all varying shades of blue and I got my own magic shot this year. But besides that standing up there just surrounded by those majestic massive mountains and feeling the insignificance of my small presence put a lot of small insignificant things into perspective...
And the same can be said for the elephant encounter which tops my wildlife encounters and which I have already spoken about. Favourite animal though has to be the warthogs... or "fkn hogs" as they have been nicknamed... you had to be there ;-) However 2015 I aim to shoot more of those hogs and hopefully some of their offspring who have to be the most adorable offspring ever!!!
I also had the opportunity to shoot plenty of BUCK ... or antelope... depends what side of the dictionary you want to stand on... for the record though the definition is :
buck 1 (bŭk)n.1.a. A male deer.
b. The male of various other mammals, such as antelopes, kangaroos, mice, or rabbits.
c. Antelope considered as a group: a herd of buck.
So I was NOT wrong in calling them buck!!!!! Just for the record... however I have had plenty lessons in the 'correct' names - Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Nyala - but I can guarantee you I am going to go and see them and forget the name so BUCK covers them all... 4 legs, looks like a buck, eats grass OR plants then it is a BUCK....
The last were the birds. Very very difficult to shoot. And I know I'm going to have problems identifying them. Feathers and fly then it's a bird... sorry. I did get some pretty decent shots of them though this year and I hope to continue practising throughout 2015.