Blog Index Photographing Leopards and Lions

It had been one of those mornings when everything comes out to play. I had this beauty of a young female leopard on the 911 track and she was less than 10m off the road lying on a stump. We gave her space and since we were the only ones with her she was in no hurry to leave her comfy spot. The cameras were out and firing away. It doesn’t happen all that often, that one can sit for almost half an hour with a leopard in the Kruger National Park, let alone be able to get the right position and lighting without any other vehicles in the way. Just how I like to enjoy a leopard sighting! I used my canon 50D with a 300mm f/2.8 IS USM aperture was f/2.8 ISO 200 supported on my beanbag.

Jock Safari Lodge - leopard photography









Another image of the young female I saw on the 911 road. I have seen her here before on previous occasions. I used my 50D canon 300mm f/2.8 coupled with a 2x converter to give me a lens with a focal length of 600mm f/5.6 to get a really tight shot of her on the tree stump. I had my ISO set to 400 so that I had a shutter speed of 200th of a second to achieve a sharp image and once again the lens was resting on my beanbag.

Jock leopard











Yesterday afternoon I drove my family into our concession to spend some time in a really wild and beautiful area of Kruger National Park. I tried to drive up the Biyamiti river from the crossing but was only able to go so far before I realised we were going to get struck so I doubled back and continued on another track. Before having sundowners further up the Biyamiti we had three separate sightings of white rhino. After drinks I found two lioness and only 50m away on the other side of our vehicle a big elephant bull unawares of the two lionesses. ISO was set 1600 and used my 300mm f/2.8 with aperture wide open at f/2.8 to give me a shutter speed of 50th of a second.

Jock Safari Lodge lion











Photography tips and images by Ranger Dave Olsen


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