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Black and White Wildlife Photography Compilation

A little over a year ago I was returning from Tanzania and from an adventure that would change my way of thinking and living. Tanzania offered me an opportunity to capture unique black and white Wildlife and landscape photographies. I didn't had the chance yet to create a small video compilation of my safari through Tanzania full of beautiful wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

That's why I decided to start 2017 with a video presenting the black and white fine art photographies of Tanzania. I hope all of you appreciate my fine art photography. Enjoy the leopards, elephants and much more.

 

Tell a Story in Wildlife Photography

The choice of a lens gets often forgotten in when it comes to wildlife photography. I find it interesting and important bringing to fine art wildlife and nature photography different perspectives to what we are used to see. Wide angle lenses play a big role in my photography in order to tell a story and show animals in their natural habitat.

Fine Art Wildlife "Left Behind Gnus" Photography

Fine Art Wildlife "Left Behind Gnus" Photography

One example is my « Left behind Gnus » capture. Older wildebeests sometimes get rejected from their groups during mating season. The fights between concurrent males are rude and often mean for the losing wildebeest the duty to leave their group forever. During that very tough solitary period male wildebeests that each left their respective group, gather together in order to create their own small groups. By doing so they increase their chances not to get attacked by other predators.

During my 4 day trekking through Maasai land in Tanzania I encountered this small group of 8 Male Wildebeests walking past us in near distance. In order to tell their story, I used my 35mm prime lens. I photographed them in portrait mode in order to include the beautiful sky that I had that morning.

I love the end result of this capture. A completely black sky; very contrasty thick white clouds and the beautiful mountains behind these exceptional animals.

Left Behind Gnus a Limited Edition of only 20 prints and available here on Arfinder.

The Elephant Family

Looking back, I can confidently state that this capture of the elephants changed the way I see wildlife and the importance of being not only a fine art photographer but also to invest myself through donations and activism in order to protect these beautiful creatures.

We were leaving the Serengeti National Park after a day full of great encounters with various animals, when suddenly we saw in the distance this family of elephants crossing the beautiful planes of the savannah. 

Limited Edition Elephant Family Print

Limited Edition Elephant Family Print

We knew that we wouldn't get often the chance to photograph them in the Serengeti for the remaining time. We stopped at a place where I could focus on taking the capture. 

I am so happy that it was a cloudy day. They bring an excellent contrast to the grey planes. In my opinion Elephants look perfect in black and white photography but the clouds really bring the final touch that makes it a good capture.

If you pay attention to the picture maybe you'll notice that we were standing higher than the elephants and this has a reason. If I would have being standing on eye level with the elephants, you would have the hills behind them cutting their bodies, which would have destroyed the picture.

I am very happy with the overall look of the Elephants Family and I am proud to have it in my Across Tanzania Series available for collectors.