The Best Place in Africa to See Lions: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Nov08

The Best Place in Africa to See Lions: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

I didn’t have Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on my list of things to do on this trip through Southern Africa.  Then, a friend of mine mentioned that it might be the best place in Africa to see lions.  He said that on his trip to the park, he saw over 20 lions, in various prides, before breakfast one day.  So, when I looked it up on the map, and realized that it really wasn’t all that far out of my way, I decided to add it to my schedule. Now, since I’m a bit behind on my blog here, I thought I’d just mash both of my videos from my trip to Kgalagadi into one blog post. The first is a 4k video I shot in the park.  Day 1 in Kgalagadi was unreal. It started off pretty slow, but then just as the sun was about to set I came across 2 young male lions.  Not only were they active, but they just seemed to constantly be walking through beautiful light for photography.  It was amazing.  These lions, too, are the famous black mane Kalahari Lions.  So, it was incredibly special to see.  Of course, there was more to the day than just lions. Check it out. Then, my second day spending Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park I again went on a game drive. I again learned why this is the best place in Africa to see lions.  Not only do you see a lot of lions in the park, but you have really special moments with them.  Rarely are there other vehicles around when you see them, and most of the time the lions are really close. I should say, too, that this park isn’t just know for lions, but a great place to see big cats of all kinds.  There are also lots of Cheetahs, and Leopards in the park.  On my two drives, I saw 2 leopards as well, though I wasn’t lucky enough to see Cheetahs.  There are also some more rare cats like Caracal an African Wildcats within the boundaries. Some Photos from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park I think I had some pretty good luck with the photography side of things in the park.  I got some great wildlife hanging around some beautiful light.  On a couple occasions it just all came together.  I’m pretty happy with things considering these were all shot on just 2 game drives. What’s Next? From here, I head into Namibia and some of my favourite places on the planet. I love Namibia, and am excited to be going back to places like Sossusvlei and...

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Location Scouting the Drakensberg Mountains
Oct30

Location Scouting the Drakensberg Mountains

I decided that after such a long day of travel I deserved a sleep in and relaxing morning. So, I didn’t get a start on this day until after noon. Honestly, it was a bit of a mistake. I guess I kind of assumed that, like the Canadian Rockies, I’d just be able to drive up to some epic photo locations. Of course, it’s not that easy here in the Drakensberg Mountains. Here, the best spots to shoot are always a pretty serious hike away. But, despite my late start, I wanted to see how many different spots I could scout out before the end of the day. At least then maybe I’d have an idea for where I wanted to photograph in the morning. Royal Natal National Park This national park is fairly small, but pretty impressive. I hiked out to a place called “The Cascades”, which was a nice little series of waterfalls. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to leave my good Lee Filter in the car, and missed out on some decent photo opportunities there. I pushed a bit beyond the waterfalls up the hill towards a place called Lookout Rock. The views here were unreal. These mountains are serious. Cathedral Running late already, I decided to push into Cathedral Peak to try to shoot sunset. Unfortunately, the lack of planning and scouting caused me some issues. For one, the sun sets directly behind the incredible mountain peaks in this park of the Drakensberg Mountains. So, the light was less than ideal. Secondly, I had no idea where I was hiking, and just wandered off. Unfortunately, that meant that the trail I took pulled me away from the most epic peaks. I kind of struck out here from a photography standpoint, but the park is beautiful. If I ever get another chance, I’d love to spend a couple nights at the Cathedral Peak Hotel shooting those incredible views at sunrise. Sunrise Saturday Since it was a short day, I decided to turn my 4k Friday into Sunrise Saturday as well. I took a short drive up above Inkosana Lodge where I based myself in the mountains, and got some pretty light for a couple minutes. What’s Next Tomorrow, I’m testing out a 360 degree video. I have no idea how it will go, but it’s worth a try. It should be fun, as I’m going to haul the 360 degree camera up a mountain here in the...

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A Slice of Cadaques in 4K
Oct10

A Slice of Cadaques in 4K

In an attempt to kind of make my videos a bit more dynamic, I’m trying out a couple different styles of videos and episodes. All of them are still going to be “vlog-style”, but some less than others. My general goal is to make this YouTube channel feel less like 1 show with 7 episodes a week, but rather 6 or 7 different shows that each play on a weekly basis. I think this will keep more people happy, allow for more variety to the content, and most importantly give me a couple days where the filming process is different and less mundane. One of the episode styles that I’m starting is called “4k Friday”. And, that is exactly what it sounds like. Each Friday (although the episodes and blogs will likely finally go live Sunday night, which is confusing, I know), the videos will be entirely shot in 4k. Right now, that means that I’m doing the shooting entirely on my Sony A6300. But, eventually I think more of my gear (like my drone, for example) will also shoot 4k. Not only will these episodes be shot in 4k, but they’ll also just simply be more shots, and less of me. These episodes will be more about the destination I’m in and showcasing it’s beauty as high-def as possible. What I Got Up To Yesterday I started a project that will take me around bits of Spain and Italy. I landed yesterday in Barcelona, and was whisked away to Costa Brava and the town of Cadaques. I’m on a project here which you can follow on social media with the hashtag #EuroFoodTrip. As you probably guessed, this is a foodie tour in Europe. The trip will take us around Costa Brava, and then later into Emilia Romagna, Italy. I got up early to shoot some photography in the beautiful town of Cadaques. It really is picturesque. And how interesting this town was made dealing with some serious jet lag a little bit easier. It also made things easier to be hanging out with so many cool people. It can be hard in this nomadic lifestyle to have a social life. But, these projects that involve a number of other people from the industry are a great way to mix work and a social life. The group on this trip is a lot of fun. There are some old faces – people I’ve known for ages – and other people who I’m sure will be long-time friends. In the late morning, we boarded a sailboat and headed out along some of the beautiful coastline of Cap de Creus National...

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