Getting the shot: Cheetah Hunt

One of my hopes for my recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia was to have a good sighting of a wild cheetah.  Not only did I get my wish but we were lucky to witness a full hunt and kill from start to finish as the cheetah managed to take down an impala.  These types of events don’t happen very often to people like me, spending a few days on a self-drive safari without local knowledge, guides and restricted to main roads.  How did I get on trying to capture this moment from a photographic perspective?  Well it was certainly a challenge and all over in a matter of seconds!

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Airshow Review: First visit to Old Warden

With the European summer quickly drawing to an end, I wanted to try and get one more airshow in before the close of the season. I'd heard some great things about Old Warden, the venue for regular displays and events featuring aircraft from The Shuttleworth Collection, so with a ticket for the September 'Wings & Wheels' event I packed up the camera bag and headed out to the Bedfordshire countryside...

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Cute cats and critters in the Cotswolds

Although I'm not a fan of zoos (much prefer to see animals in the wild), I live nearby to the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and visit occasionally for camera practice on animals a bit more interesting than my domestic cats.  Recently the Park’s Asiatic Lion pairing, Rana and Kanha, produced their first litter of cubs - triplets named Kali, Sita and Sonika so camera in hand I went to check them out.

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What's in the bag? Cape Town & Namibia

Now that I have finally booked my return trip to Namibia, I'm starting the debate on what photo gear I should take along to cover a city break as well as landscapes and wildlife during a self-drive safari. 

It will be a mixed trip combining an initial city break (Cape Town) with big open desert landscapes and wildlife/birding opportunities (Damaraland and Etosha) in Namibia.  Although not a dedicated photography trip, the opportunities these countries provide means I want to have some decent kit with me....

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Fifteen years later...

It was 15 years ago this summer that I packed my rucksack and headed off for a once-in-a-lifetime, round the world trip so I'm looking back on the highlights and images from that special adventure!  After growing up and living in the same small town all my life I wanted to see more of the world and a two week holiday each year wasn't cutting it.  So I sold my house, quit my job and went on an adventure!  My family were less than impressed thinking I was having some sort of mid-life crisis (at 26) but I knew if I didn't do it then I probably never would....

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