I'm wrapping up Africa with a big bow today. Here are the top things I learned on my first trip to Africa and my first attempt at being a nature photographer.
This is the truck that Cedric and Elyane live and travel in while shooting in Africa. This isn't your momma's camper trailer!
Good friends make good tripods.
Boats can get you close.
Or make you feel like you are in the clouds.
Someone needs to watch for crocs.
Wardrobe matters. You need a jaunty chapeau.
A cool pair of shades.
And even if you can't fly a plane, it's good to look like you can.
Guides are very important. If you want to get this:
You need a good pair of these:
You're welcome, ladies!
Hippos are shy.
Shoot 12 frames a second even if the subject isn't moving.
You can't be afraid of heights.
Stay on the good side of the law.
Kids everywhere love cars.
Complete with a trunk, review mirror and a presidential hood ornament.
Photographers never stop shooting and French women always look chic, damn them!
Happy Hour is universal.
Photographers love a good cause.
Nelson Mandela is big there.
Now for the bow and the shot I thought I would never be able to craft and the one that brought tears to my eyes (I know, I'm a sap!). The lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls.
Another bonne nuit!
See more of the images that made me love nature photography at cedricjacquet.
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