Let’s Dream of Exploring Beyond Isolation
A picture taken by a wildlife photographer can achieve many ends.
The photographer can feel a sense of accomplishment, especially if its capture involved significant planning followed by hard work in the field.
Sometimes, the opportunity fortuitously presents itself and the photographer happens to be in the right place and makes the most of the moment in time.
The above examples, although both different in their formative processes, typically result in, amongst a raft of other emotions, a feeling of happiness for the photographer. This is, of course, beneficial to the individual that captured the frame!
Moving beyond the individual, viewers of a special capture can also be particularly moved by a piece, and this is one of the more important by-products of wildlife photography – generating an emotional response, which may have the nett effect of creating a push to conserve a species in peril. We are sure you would agree that this is one of the most worthy end points for a single image – driving conservation.
Below is a selection of images of a few iconic species, all of which can be photographed on our photo tours. A guest’s image may remain in a private collection, never to be seen by the outside world. Or, it may make it out and be viewed by the public, generating discussion and in some special cases, driving change. Regardless of what happens to a guest’s images, each of our participants are assisting in the conservation of some key areas and species simply by virtue of their participation.
Conservation is a priority and core value of ORYX Photo Tours, and to date, our contributions have totalled close to US$145,000. We would like to thank our guests who have travelled with us and in so doing have contributed to the ORYX Conservation Fund, and look forward to making a bigger difference in the future.
Mountain Gorilla, Rwanda
By Marius Coetzee
Shutter speed: 1/320sec | Aperture: f/5 | ISO: 2000 | EV: -1.3
King Penguins, South Georgia Island
By Dale Morris
Shutter speed: 1/1000sec | Aperture: f/8| ISO: 800 | EV: +2/3
Lion, South Africa
By Kirsten Frost
Shutter speed: 1/80sec| Aperture: f/4 | ISO: 3200
By Dale Morris
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec| Aperture: f/4 | ISO: 640 | EV: -2/3