Hey guys…I know I am WAAAY overdue for a proper blog post…bear with me and I should be able to squeeze one out sometime this week.
I do have a few thoughts on the use of various wide-angle lenses for landscape photography after our recent stint in the Drakensberg mountains…so watch this space!
Meanwhile, here is one dug from the archives of a 2010 trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. A pride of lions were just waking up for the night, and this female was scratching the back of her sibling. The low angle was possible due to their relative position to ours on the dune they were lying on.
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Since picking up a DSLR camera for the first time, a little over 3 years ago, Morkel has been invigorated with an unbridled passion for the photographic art form. He has grown at a tremendous pace and put immense energy into the creation of his images.
He absolutely loves spending time in the wild places of his native Southern Africa. From a young age he has been visiting legendary wildlife and outdoor locations, including the Kruger Park National Park and the Drakensberg Mountains, with his family. Now that he has found a way to share the natural beauty of his homeland with the rest of the world he is regularly out on photography trips.
An Industrial Engineer by profession, and an accomplished artist in genres like music and poetry, Morkel has always enjoyed whatever allows him to express his creativity to the fullest. Photography turned out to be the perfect "marriage" between his engineering brain and artistic soul.
"I hope that in some way I can raise awareness through my imagery of the plight of not only our wildlife but also the fragility of the last remaining wilderness areas that they call home.”
Morkel was recently honoured for his commitment to his craft by receiving a "Highly Commended" for one of his images in the 2010 BBC Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He is based in Mpumalanga, South Africa and even though he prefers going on safari with his family and friends, Morkel also leads the odd photographic safari and has recently begun presenting workshops in post-processing techniques.