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 suew@ramsaymedia.co.za 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 Africa.com

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.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The urge to climb, a volcano

We arrive near the top, just in time for sunset. The whole place stinks, sulphur steaming from the side vents and the light is beautiful. I ask our group to stop. I’m exhausted but we are almost at the top. I grab the camera and try take a few images. Anywhere off the path is fresh ash, I’m creating new tracks in brand new earth which no person has walked on, quite a sensation. The light is amazing but I’m totally exhausted and we’re on a spur that has some serious drops on either side. Red flags are going off in my head- being tired and on top of a windy spur at 2800m is not a good place to be. I grab a few images and feel the wind pick up. “Hmmm not safe at all” I surmise. “Lets keep moving up to the crater rim.” 20 minutes later we crest the rim and the wind almost blows us off our feet. We are immediately bent down onto all fours. Pilot, my Masai friend hears the earth rumble- normal volcanic activity and proclaims he will never look into the crater again, something about man not supposed to look at the home of God. He averts his gaze to the dark horizon and straight into the howling wind. We need to find shelter, and fast.

Monday, 3 December 2012

The magic of Svalbard and its polar bears

It is hard to describe a place that is just so foreign to any other place on earth. I have travelled to cold environments before. I did 3 winters in -20 C Switzerland and 21 days in northern Japan where the thermometer dropped down to -25 one morning, so it was not really about the cold. The main difference is that the other cold places I had visited were quite populated and near cities. Svalbard though, is something quite different. It is the northern most landmass on earth. North of it is nothing but ocean and ice- all the way to the North pole. So landing on Svalbard in golden sunlight at midnight is a sensation akin to landing on an expedition to a place that only scientists, hunters, trappers and wildlife photographers go to… In other words; crazy people that love the wild frontiers of this earth. Which is exactly what it is.
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