Braydon Szafranski and Garrett Hill on Safari

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Being a photographer at the Maloof Money Cup is definitely a great experience, watching the pros skate and getting to shoot photos with them is such a pleasure!  I spent more time this year hanging out with the guys and gettin to know them a little better.  It seriously helps for the photography side of things and you are no longer just some random guy shooting photos.  I took Braydon and Garrett to see the Lions at a sanctuary just outside of Kimberley…  All the animals on this farm were pretty much rescued from being hunted.  There are many ‘canned’ Lion Hunting farms around Kimberley, it’s absolutely disgusting on every level.  I was really stoked to take these guys to this farm and see that there are still people trying to do some kind of good out there.  Braydon was definitely not too sure about being in the cage with the Lions, as you can see…  Garrett didn’t mind it too much!  Braydon did teach a small Bat Eared Fox about Ozzy Osbourne though…

 

King of the Road

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It’s always been said that the best time to photograph wildlife is either in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is low and the shadows are less.  This is totally true,  but when you don’t see anything all morning and you are still driving around closer to mid day, your next best option is to hope for some clouds…  I shot these photos of a male Lion on the side of the road while on our way to Skukuza from Satara camp.  If it wasn’t for the clouds, the shot would have been terrible!  There was a female close by but she was pretty much out of sight.  They were definitely a mating pair and I’m quite sure if we were to have hung around for an hour or 2, there would have been many more shots to be had.  I shot these with my Canon 400mm lens at F5.6.

 

Lions on the Prowl

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I spotted these 2 Lions in the ‘Etosha Pan National Park’, they were lazing under a tree for quite some time before they came out and let me get some shots of them.  They seemed to be playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the Zebra which was strange cause it looked as though they had a ‘kill’ under the tree where they were resting.

The King

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We were driving around the Lion enclosures at the Lion Park here in Johannesburg when we came across this huge male Lion, lying down in the middle of the road.  He was seriously huge!

White Lion

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Ok, I know this isn’t the greatest picture but, I had to put it up.  We took some German friends to the Lion Park the other day, unfortunately, the Lion’s weren’t very active so I had to settle for taking pictures of them as they lazed about under a tree.  This was the male of a whole pride of white lions.  Pretty amazing looking I thought!