Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

To celebrate World Rhino Day, here’s an image from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Ramblings | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This snapshot embodies the impetus for my safari images in Tanzania that I’ve recently shown. The woman depicted here is my Mother, and a couple years prior to this trip, she was hit by a car while crossing a street. Luckily she survived, but there is long-term damage in other ways that still lingers to this day.
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Anyway, several months after her accident, I was traveling in Bali, Indonesia and she was on my mind. I couldn’t help but think how fragile life is and how quickly things can change. It was at this moment that I realized how fortunate I was to be traveling and having the means to do so. I then recalled that my Mom’s dream had always been to go to Africa, so I vowed to make it happen. Within two weeks of returning home from Bali, I had researched and booked our reservations for a safari with Andy Biggs and Thomson Safaris. Being a photographer, I chose the trip with Andy out of selfish reasons, but it was a fantastic experience for both my Mom and I. We would do it exactly the same next time around.
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At this point, I want to personally thank Andy Biggs, @theglobalphotographer, and Thomson Safaris, @thomsonsafaris. They made the trip an experience of a lifetime that my Mom still remembers to this day. Thank you!
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is a grand space with an even larger sky. When filled with beautiful clouds and shining light, the landscape is transformed into a magical place. My memories and photos are real, but I often feel as if the trip was a dream.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Color, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Yellow-billed storks are a wading stork species, and often referred as a wood stork or wood ibis. They fly with alternating flaps and glides, and often fly in a soaring and gliding motion as seen here.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 in Africa, Color, Instagram, Landscape | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

There’s nothing quite like flying over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon at sunrise. If you ever visit Africa, I highly recommend it.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

On safari in Tanzania, I had just missed the great migration, but I don’t recall if I was late or early. In any case, I was able to capture this beautiful formation of wildebeest, led by a few zebra.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Photographing from above is a thrilling experience and allows an image to tell a different story. While floating in a hot air balloon, I saw these two pairs of animals and thought about their symbiotic relationship. With the giraffes good eyesight and the zebras good sense of smell and hearing, it’s understandable that they would hang out together. After all, I had just seen a lion a few minutes earlier and these four were very exposed in the endless plains of the Serengeti.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This leopard was very active and we were able to watch him for quite a long time. After frolicking in the grass, he climbed in and out of this tree several times. It was an amazing experience to witness.
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

When I shot this image ten years ago in the grasslands of the Serengeti, I didn’t particularly think of any symbolism for the moon or elephant in any way. Instead, the pairing of the subjects grabbed my attention, and I couldn’t let go. With the scene quickly unfolding before me, I instinctively composed and shot the photo before the elephant left the frame.
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Now that some time has passed, however, I’ve wondered why this image moves me and that many people I show it to respond strongly in a positive way. Could it be the symbolism of each subject? With the moon typically representing time and the elephant representing strength, I wonder if the image reminds me of my own mortality, that time has power over all of us. Or perhaps it’s the opposite and the image is suggesting immortality, the endurance of the soul? Or maybe it’s just a photo of an elephant and moon? This discernment is why I like photography so much; the interpretation can be left to the viewer and each can draw their own meaning. So what does this image say to you?
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Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 in Africa, Animals, Black and White, Instagram, Wildlife | No Comments
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

By many standards, this is a simple photograph. However, as these two lions rest in the Ngorongoro Crater, I really like the balance and symmetry of their opposite directions and curled tails. When I scan the image, my eye constantly circles back to their eyes and darts between the two. Additionally, I wonder if opposing positions give them a 360 degree view of their surroundings, thus increasing their chance of finding prey.
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