Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best of 2012

Hi guys,

What a year it has been and how fast it has flown!!  Heather and I put an incredible amount of work in at the lodge this year and our work there takes up most of my memories for the year.  But if i remembered not taking any images over the year i am horribly mistaken.  2012 was probably the best year i have had as a photographer and i have plenty of new images for my portfolio.

A large number of my favourites are of subjects which i have struggled to get over the years.  The famous Shoebill Stork is so rare that sightings are hard to come by and animals like eland and dwarf mongeese are jittery at the best of times. And some of my other favourites are hard to come by because they require serendipity or a good chunk of luck!  In this category i have to include catching a Spotted bush snake and its prey, a scorpion on a rock, and the image of Mt. Stanley.  How i managed to get up to 16,000 feet to take this image is anyone’s guess!

And of course a big section of these images are included simply because the subjects are so beautiful.  This group includes the Malachite kingfisher, Splendid starling and both chameleons. Lastly are the images of the Bush hyraxes and African grey hornbill, otherwise known as Hamish and Betty, which represent some of the animals i shared my life with over the last year and kept Heather and i company.

I am not sure what 2013 will bring, but if i am half as lucky as 2012 i look forward to spending more time in some of Earth’s hidden corners, camera in hand.  And fingers crossed, i might even succeed in capturing some of the images in anything like the wonder which nature provides them in!  Here’s to continuing to stay lucky and striving to make my images better than they are.

I would also like to mention my favourite photographer this year, Marius Coetzee, who has been hugely inspiring over the last twelve months.  Marius continues to take some of the most dramatic and rich images of Africa i have seen with his last trip to Ethiopia is a case in point.  And his ability to move from portait to landscape and on to wildlife is inspiring.  I urge you to check out his work at 500px and strive to view the world with the same eyes he does.

I can’t thank you enough for following my work over the last twelve months.  I wish you all the best for 2013 and hope you all get to capture some stunning images in the coming year.

Best wishes,

Chris

 

Queen Elizabeth revisited

Hi guys,

A few weeks ago i was able to host my parents on their first ever trip to Uganda and Africa.  After a few days in Lake Mburo where they were fortunate enough to see two leopards (one on a walking safari and another on a night game drive) and a few days in Kisoro visiting some of the communities i have worked with we all traveled to QE.  I know i have posted at length about the Kazinga channel but i know of no other activity that can pack in quite as much as it does.  And in such a short space of time.  If you want to perfect your camera technique the Kazinga channel is the place to be.  From the moment you sit on the boat until you get off you will have your camera up and your finger twitching!

Enough of the big game are seen to keep you excited, plenty of old favourites are around, and often there are a few little gems which keep you on your toes.

I always return to old subjects because you just never know when you are going to better a previous image.  Malachite kingfishers are easy to shoot but harder to fill the frame.  Pied Kingfishers are plentiful but hard to expose correctly, especially with bright backgrounds.  And crocs are always a challenge to find new and creative ways to frame them.

Well i tried in all four cases and was pretty happy.  Unfortunately bad weather and roads spoiled our chances of seeing lions but we did get a lovely sunrise and just about managed to get a shot of a shy Eagle-owl.

Stay well,

Chris

Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo: Part II

Hi guys,

More excuses and more extended absences!!!  Well no excuses really just apologies.  Our lives have taken another twist and after a crazy but beautiful year we are now no longer the managers of Mihingo Lodge.  Instead we hope to move back to the UK or more probably Canada and among other things use our management experience to manage a whole different proposition entirely.  Yes, family calls, and its time to say good by to Uganda and hello to a whole new bunch of experiences and places to photograph!

We had an incredible year, learnt a huge amount, and will walk away with some amazing memories.  And just one or two extra images!  Here are a few;

So, the new year will bring new adventures for us all, and before we leave this incredible country we have a couple extra trips and post planned!!

Stay well,

Chris