Thursday, 4 September 2014

Heinrich van den Berg's new book 'Reflection', published by HPH Publishing

Heinrich van den Berg is not massive on social media but rather he is massive on the coffee tables and bookshelves in homes where his books get get read by all generations. I urge you to take a moment to click on this page and watch the video on his new book. It will expose you to one of South Africa's creative geniuses in the photography book world.

Heinrich is currently the only photographer in SA that takes great concepts and turns them into stunning books full of excellent images and worthy words.

"Reflection" will be no different. So do have a good look at this.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Wild dogs from 409 publishes in Travel Africa.

A while back in 2009 I was on a two week safari in the bush driving around and hoping for some action before the game drive ended. Within seconds it happened and sleeping wild dogs were playing and running around. You can read more about the story behind the image see this blog post I wrote.

I was contacted recently by Travel Africa for their front cover of the Summer 2014 edition. We sent them some examples and they chose one of the 409 wild dog images. It shows capturing the right moments never gets old.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Symbolising Mana pools

I recently was on a private safari with some very good clients who have been traveling with me since 2007. They were looking for a bit of an adventure as well as some excellent photography. So I took them to Mana Pools.

Why Mana? Well, the uniqueness of the land and caused by a few factors means that the animals there are used to humans. Add in the fact that you can walk up to the animals (at your own risk) and you have all sorts of adventure lined up.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Southern African wildlife happiness

I have just returned from a fantastic  C4 Images & Safari, safari of which most was in my home country. This is a bit of a first for me as I tend to spend much of my wildlife photography in the wilder and unfenced areas north of the Zambezi.

Well, on this safari we covered Mashatu, Mala Mala and then Tswalu. I was amazed at the high quality of striking images I was able to collect. All I did was compare my 4 star hit rate to other trips and I happily noticed that the percentage was very high for this trip- a total of 2% compared to 1%.
That is a 50% increase in my top class images!

Here is a selection of a few images form the trip. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Gateway Wildlife / Natural History Photography course with Shem Compion at the Photo and Film Expo 2014

"Wildlife/natural history photography has changed considerably over the last fifteen years. Shem has navigated these years to emerge as one of the most successful. Shem's invaluable experience and expertise will guide you through this course for you to emerge as a successful photographer."

Join Shem Compion and Getaway at the Photo and Film Expo 2014 for a Wildlife/Natural History Photography Course on the Friday( 31 Oct.) and Saturday (1 Nov.).

Please contact Sue on for bookings and additional information. 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai from the air

In 2012 I decided I wanted to do a photo mission to an out of the way place in Africa. It turned out that Ol Doinyo Lengai was that mission. An active volcano in the heart of the remote rift valley situated in very harsh and tough country, the name means “Mountain of God” to the Masai and is feared and revered in equal quantities. I got my Masai friend Pilot Naurori to guide me there and between us we climbed the volcano to be thwarted at the top by an evening of rain and gale force winds. The word adventure springs to mind when I think back, but when on the top of that very exposed crater rim it felt more like a very stupid thing that we were doing.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Iconic east Africa

I have traveled across east Africa many times over the last 12 years and visited all of the major highlights it offers. However, this was the first time I had traveled to all of the most iconic places in one safari. Together with Iconic Images International and my company C4 Images and Safaris, I co-hosted a safari that turned out to be more magnificent than one could ever imagine. The simple reason being that each of the destinations are so closely linked to each others ecosystem and one only gets to appreciate this when you connect all the dots in one safari. "read more".

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Svalbard Magic

There are more stories written about the isles of Svalbard or Spitsbergen, whichever way you want to pronounce it, than I can care to even remember. When I first set eyes upon these islands I was struck by the extreme beauty, but almost as immediate, I was also struck by the harsh weather that is borne within it. I learnt very quickly that there is no such thing as bad weather in Svalbard, only bad clothing.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Shem Compion -Keynote Speaker at Three Workshops in Australia - May 2014

Shem will be presenting the following one-day workshops in May 2014,with Dennis Glennon in following areas in Australia.
  • SYDNEY - Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt Street.
  • MELBOURNE -  Saturday 10 May 2014 at The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig St, Southbank.
  • PERTH - Saturday 17 May 2014 at the WA State Library Theatre, 25 Francis Street.
For any further details of information please read on or follow this link...

Africa Geographic reports Shem Compion as “one of the top three nature and wildlife photographers in Southern Africa”.

Shem is an adventurer, nature photographer, successful author and photography hide designer who’s passion is to share his love and experience of the natural world with others. His full time occupation is wildlife and nature photography. His creative photography explores every aspect of the natural world, making him one of the most diverse and celebrated natural history photographers in the Southern Hemisphere, whose work has been awarded and published worldwide. For an overview of the books he has published, Shem’s Books.

Born in Africa, Shem travels internationally to share his photography, his knowledge and his natural history expertise with photographers of kindred spirit. To view some of his award winning images, go to Shem's Images

Friday, 23 August 2013

Interview with Nature and Wildlife Photographer Shem Compion

Originally on Discover

Have a look at our featured interview with celebrated nature and wildlife photographer Shem Compion. He tells us about his passion for wildlife photography, where he draws his inspiration from and some of the challenges he's faced as a professional nature and wildlife photographer.

Above: A hornet flies past two very mesmerised meercats in the Kalahari.