India & Namibia
"Namibia with the wide ever changing landscapes is a paradise for wildlife.
Only 2,5 million inhabitants guarantee a lot of space for animals. Furthermore, it is the variety of species that keeps me coming back. I have been there two times and still every time I go back, I discover new animals I have never seen before. We stayed at Erindi, a private Game Resort, which is roughly two hours away from Windhoek. A wonderful place and a must visit if you are ever in Namibia.
Visiting India was a first for me. It is an insanely huge country with many people and different environments. I stayed in the South, close to Bangalore at the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. The reserve is a dense jungle full of life. One of the few places in the world where tigers still live free. As it is common for tropical regions, everything was misty in the morning and this created magical light conditions. Ultimately, I was impressed and surprised by the amount of animals that one finds there, and seeing a real jungle was truly a life changing experience." (Ben Simon Rehn)
"When shooting wildlife amidst the thick African bush there are two primary camera features that are crucial in order to achieve the images I aim to capture. It all comes down to manual focusing capabilities and stabilization. After recently spending two weeks out on the Namibian savannah this November I’ve found the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Pro Lenses to excel in both areas, far exceeding my expectations. In many situations, I’ve encountered that a literal split second can make all the difference between making the shot or making nothing at all. The ability to quickly switch between the snappy autofocus and manual focus on the Pro Lenses via the focus ring toggle at my fingertips has made many of my images possible when in tough situations where wildlife moves behind obstacles such as tall grass. Utilizing both the manual focus peaking and EVF focus magnification toggle in combination with the smooth focus ring,
I’m able to quickly hone in on the eyes and nail the shot even in situations when animals might be hiding behind bushes or even moving rapidly through dense vegetation.
The second advantage of the M.Zuiko PRO lenses, especially on the 300mm 1:4.0, is the incredible Image Stabilization (IS). Oftentimes in low-light situations the ability of the lens to stop down the shutter speed is critical in order to capture portraits of wildlife shortly after sunset. I’ve found the IS in the 300mm PRO lens has opened new doors for the Olympus and it’s made all the difference in capturing wildlife in tricky lighting situations." (Donal Boyd)