Guest Article: Leopards by Sergey Gorshkov

Following our ‘introduction’ of Sergey Gorshkov’s photography images which we called the “Botswana Water Jumping Competition“, we contacted Sergey to asked if he would like to provide a guest article on his work.  Sergey quickly responded to our request with an email full of really special images.

From the email, Mr. Gorshkov is no stranger to Botswana as he has visited 21 times and is planning another trip there next week.  Sergey stated that Botswana, in his opinion, is the best country in Africa.  He noted that his favorite African safari subject is the leopard.  Mr. Gorshkov has provied us with a stunning leopard series which we now present to you.  (As noted on the images, all copyrights are the property of Sergey Gorshkov)

Nikon D3 at 24mm, 1/10 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 400

Nikon D3, 42mm, 1/640 sec. @ f/7.1, ISO 400

Nikon D3 at 200mm, 1/1000 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO800

Nikon D300S at 650mm, 1/50 sec @ f/6.7, ISO 1000

Nikon D3 at 400mm, 1/4000 @ f4, ISO 1000

Nikon D3S at 38mm, 1/640 @ f/5.6, ISO 1600

Nikon D3s at 24mm, 1/3200 @ f/5.6, ISO 800

Nikon D3s at 24mm, 1/40 sec @ f/5.3, ISO 12,800

As we reviewed Sergey’s leopard images, two things really struck us.  First, Sergey is a master at creating a truly intimate portrait of his subject.  If one had never seen a leopard in the wild, this series of images would be a strong documentary of the life of a leopard … and if you read the biography below, you will see that is a major goal of Mr. Gorshkov’s photography.  The second thing we noticed is the Sergey has embraced the new camera technology and it’s ability to shoot at high ISO settings.  Many of these images would have been near impossible if Sergey would have limited himself to ISO 400 or less.  There is a lesson for us in this work.

Again, the editors of Chobe Safari would like to thank Sergey for providing these works for this article.

A Brief Biography of Sergey Gorshkov: For many years Sergey has taken pictures of wild nature . . . and every year his feeling of alarm grows. The world, which he photographs, is in danger now.

“I have begun shooting wild nature imperceptibly, taking pleasure which I can’t compare with anything. I want to photograph the native wildlife as it is, what it always was and what it should remain for our children” Sergey says about why he entered into photography. “My camera is a connecting link between me and wildlife. Through the lens of the camera I can see things, take pictures and try to reproduce beauty of the wild nature, a piece of what I have seen and I have felt being there, in their escaping world which  is disappearing little by little from the face of the earth”.

Kamchatka region of Russia

Kamchatka, Russia is Sergey’s favorite place of shooting. “Travel to the world of the wild nature of Kamchatka is so fascinating and amazing that many years of work have gone as one day. I am happy that I had an opportunity to observe beauty of fauna of this peninsula. Memoirs, which I have got here, remain with me all my life…” Sergey says.

He thinks that each photographer should have an individual project, which he should know and develop. Sergey’s photography is focused on the wild world of Kamchatka, to be exact the wild world of a bear.

View more of Sergey Gorshkov’s images at the following web sites:

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