Monday, 6 July 2015

Wild Shots 2015 symposium speaker.

Shem Compion will be presenting a talk at the Wild Shots 2015 Symposium on the 'Remaining relevant in wildlife photography: adapting to new images and trends'

 

 

“In today’s fast-paced digital world, photographs come and go at an astounding rate. More images were taken in the last two years than in the entire history of our planet. This makes it very difficult to remain relevant as a photographer in the popular genres, with the distinct possibility of being caught in the mire of all the other thousands of photographers doing exactly what you are doing. My talk will focus on what principles I applied to my approach as a wildlife photographer and how my work has remained relevant over the last few years."

 

Anyone with a passion for wildlife or nature photography should come and listen to industry leaders such as Shem at the Wild Shots symposium 2015 on relevant topics which photographers face each day.  The symposium will be held in Cape Town on 24 October at the V&A Waterfront (Nedbank Auditorium) and in Johannesburg on 21 November at the Nedbank Sandton Auditorium (135 Rivonia Road, Sandown).

Please visit Wild Shots 2015 for more information and registration and remember early birds with a valid Wild Cards will pay R950 instead of R1 250 for a delegate pass, please visit the Wild card blog for more information.



For anyone with a passion for nature photography, Wild Shots offers an opportunity to learn from the best, exchange ideas and draw fresh inspiration. What’s more, we have 20 discounted passes exclusive to Wild Card members.
The symposium will be held in Cape Town on 24 October at the V&A Waterfront (Nedbank Auditorium) and in Johannesburg on 21 November at the Nedbank Sandton Auditorium (135 Rivonia Road, Sandown).
Early birds with a valid Wild Card will pay R950 instead of R1 250 for a delegate pass. This includes entry to the complete programme of events, presentations and panel discussions by award-winning wildlife photographers, book signings and exhibition area, lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack.
- See more at: http://www.wildcard.co.za/blog.htm?action=view-post&id=5342&sslid=MzYyMzO3MDEyNQcA&sseid=MzQ1NzAyMDQHAA&jobid=1d7eda78-7327-41cb-826a-cc7cb9737620#sthash.6ZHxMYvH.dpuf
symposium
symposium

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Penguin and their Persona's

I always knew that I would enjoy penguins. Perhaps it was knowing that the white backdrops of the Antarctic snowfields would present a canvas that fitted my style of photography, but I suspected that for some reason, I would enjoy their persona's. This is a contentious statement to say for a naturalist, yet as soon as I stepped ashore in Antarctica and walked amongst my first penguin colony, I knew I was right.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The shot: Studio pose

I don’t know how or why, but I know that Adelie penguins were going to be my favourite of that species in Antarctica. Penguins themselves are remarkable birds. They were first thought to be fish…, but then quickly classified as birds once a few were cut open. Additionally, when we see them, in the ‘warmer’ months of the Antarctic summer, they are actually close to overheating. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Getaway 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."

 

This is a once in a life time opportunity where Shem Compion will be speaking about how Wildlife/Natural History Photography has changed in association with Getaway Magazine. 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.

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 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.