While at Chobe, you will have the chance to take hundreds of photos each morning and evening game drive. I encourage you to take these pictures as many of these will be keepsakes you will treasure; however, after a few days, it is easy to get into a routine of shooting the same shot over and over. Each time you may get a better angle and better image, but I also challenge you to exercise your eyes. Look for something different in what you shoot and how you shoot it.
I am not suggesting ignoring the rules of thumb that create so many great shots. I truly believe in respecting methods such as the rule of thirds, taking advantage of the golden hours and managing depth of field. What I am proposing is that to maintain a sharp edge, always look for the shot that no one else is thinking of shooting. For this article, I have chosen a selection of elephant images. I am sure I wasn’t the first to shoot any of these subjects, but they are clearly different from my primary shooting style. By constantly challenging myself to think differently, I keep a better eye on the bush as a whole – which helps my more traditional images.
This exercise is not just to be as a field challenge, many of these shots will also become keepers. Several of these type shots I have taken in the past have become some of my more popular images in photo competitions and also highly requested as gifts by friends. I know I was initially surprised at the interest in these alternative shots, but once you’ve been complimented by a friend on having taken a different angle, you will be motivated to continue the quest to exercise your eyes.
This article is short; by hope the included images expand your thinking. With hundreds of animals per day to shoot, I am sure you will find a little something different somewhere. Good luck.