“Make sure that you have people looking into the camera,” was the brief from Victoria Short from Springbok Atlas. She wanted to get some brochure photographs for their Lowveld tours including the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route. For me this was a dream assignment: taking pictures of vehicles and people having fun in great landscapes is something that I have done quite a bit in my career as a Getaway journalist and as a photographer. And I knew all of these areas like the back of my hand.
On our first day we headed off through the Kruger park looking for animals. The group of models were in an open game viewer and I was in a second photo vehicle. Everyone worked hard as we took shots of vehicles, the people and the animals. I got a good tip from one of my clients who photographed vehicles professionally. He suggested to find great roads and then add in the vehicle afterwards. With some cunning Photoshop work from Jon-Erik Munro we pulled out some great composite shots. I wonder if you can tell the difference?
On the next day we headed toward Blyde River Canyon looking for landscapes and experiences to photograph. It was another successful day and by the end the shoot was in the bag.
On my final day I was left to do my own shooting. I found a leopard almost immediately. And 5 minutes later the same guide that I had been working with drove around the corner with some clients. He positioned the vehicle and we had the shot we had been looking for!
My client was pleased. So it was a job well done!