Waiting on the best conditions for your photo?
When Klaus went on safari he never missed a day of going out into the bush. He never spent a day in the tent hoping for better weather or great predictions where to find the animals. Klaus believed, the more you go out, the better the opportunities for a great shot.
This method often proved right for Klaus – you have to go out there, no matter what. When you encounter an animal, try read their behaviour, become familiar with their movement, when they are hungry, when they might hunt or move territory…After a while you will be able to understand their next move much better.
You always have your gear ready and then, when you think a nice composition arises you can be ready for a nice photo. But it is a process: the picture won’t come to you, you must come to the picture.
So no matter if it rains or it’s cloudy or there is sunshine: Klaus was always out with his camera and actually the best photos happened when the conditions were believed not to be perfect.
In fact, he loved when there were clouds or storm building up because it makes a picture much more interesting then sunny conditions and clear sky.
A great example is Klaus’ picture ” Last Light ” which he captured when a big thunderstorm and rain built up in the Masai Mara in Kenya.
The story behind this photograph:
It was close to dawn when we set out. The park rangers had warned us of torrential rainfalls, which can soon make the tracks on the grasslands impassable.
Instead of becoming anxious I felt great excitement, as I was hoping for a dramatic scene with the clouds moving in quickly. We managed to catch up with the two lionesses that we had observed throughout the day. I could sense the rain in the air and hear the thunder.
The lionesses were moving anxiously, sitting and standing, as they too could feel the change in the weather. My guide was pushing me to leave, but I wanted to get this shot. I got down to the eye level of the animals and then suddenly they both looked at me. This was it – the perfect position! I knew instinctively that this had to be a great picture.
Then it began raining heavily and we quickly headed back to camp. I personally love this picture of the two lionesses on the rocks – it is a true portrait of the “Pride of Africa”.
The photograph “Last Light” is part of Klaus’ “Pride of Africa Collection™” and can be purchased as a limited edition fine art print which is numbered and embossed with a signature of Klaus Tiedge, and will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and the Story about the image.