This Week At Angama #36
12 October 2018 | This Week at Angama | Adam Bannister
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In honour of the Greatest Migration on Earth, I set out this week with an objective: could I include a wildebeest or zebra in the frame of every single photograph this week? Breathing or not…
Unseasonably high April and May rains caused havoc in the traditional migration pattern this year. An abundance of grass, both across the Serengeti and in the Maasai Mara, meant that the wildebeest and zebra didn’t appear to need to move en masse. This week, that all changed as the mega herds arrived into the Mara Triangle, almost three months late. I am not exaggerating when I say that at one stage there must have been roughly one million animals in the Mara Triangle.
It is almost impossible to capture scenes of this magnitude, and even more difficult to try to put it into words. Sitting amongst so many animals is truly one of the most spectacular experiences in life. Watching the herds streaming over the horizon I made the decision to approach this week’s portfolio with a slightly different approach.
I love a photographic challenge, and even more so when trying to use imagery to tell a story. I decided that every single photograph I took this week needed to include a zebra or a wildebeest in the frame. And double points if they appeared together. Of course I knew I would miss out on many scenes, but I also knew this ‘restriction’ would force me to be creative in composition and approach. It also meant that I would maximize my time around the Migration, a bucket-list event if ever there was one.
Unlike most blogs in this series I am going to lay off the words, instead allowing the photographs to tell a story on their own. Enjoy a glimpse of the Great Migration and enjoy This Week at Angama.
[f 8.0, 1/400, ISO 160]
[f 7.1, 1/800, ISO 100 -0.67]
[f 4.0, 1/4000, ISO 400]
[f 4.0, 1/640, ISO 400 +0.67]
[f 5.6, 1/1000, ISO 400 +0.67]
[f 5.6, 1/100, ISO 400 -0.67]
[f 5.0, 1/1600, ISO 400 -0.33]
[f 4.5, 1/320, ISO 400]
[f 6.3, 1/2000, ISO 800 +0.33]
[f 6.3, 1/2500, ISO 800 +0.33]
[f 29.0, 1/15, ISO 100]
[f 5.6 1/1250, ISO 160, -1, Double Exposure]
[f 5.0, 1/1000, ISO 160 +0.33]
[f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 320 +0.33]
[f 4.0, 1/2000, ISO 320]
[f 5.0, 1/1600, ISO 160 -0.67]
[f 5.0, 1/1250, ISO 400 -0.33]
[f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 320 -0.33]
[f 5.6, 1/1000, ISO 160 +0.67]
[f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 160 +0.33]
[f 5.6, 1/1000, ISO 160 +0.33]
[f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 200 +0.67]
[f 5.0, 1/640, ISO 100]
All photographs taken by Adam Bannister.
TAGGED WITH: Wildlife, Photography, Maasai Mara, Great Migration, Mara Triangle, Wildebeest, Wildlife Photography
Diricilla NaidooOctober 12, 2018
Absolutely amazing Adam! One day 🙂REPLY
I love the zebra bottom among the wildebeest and the roller on the wildebeest.
Garth JohnsonOctober 12, 2018
Wow thank you once again Adam for sharing this whole experience and getting it across so wonderfully. Just makes my Friday each week.REPLY
Gillian EvansOctober 12, 2018
Fantastic! Privileged to have shared a day with you out in the beautiful Mara Triangle this week. Incredible selection of photos!REPLY
Francis BagbeyOctober 12, 2018
One of my faves….a zebra mooning you! And why don’t zebras learn not to wade into a “pod,” “herd”, or whatever a group of visible crocs is called? And that picture of a snarling hyena reminds me why I think of them as totally evil!REPLY
Thank you for these fantastic pictures!
Craig warwickOctober 13, 2018
Wow what amazing photos, I’m very jealous. The great migration is definitely on my list and your story over the last week has made me really want to go and see it. If you do it again let me know and I will jump on a plane ?REPLY
Nicky FitzgeraldOctober 13, 2018
Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. ù
Happily the Great Migration comes into Kenya’s Maasai Mara every year mid June and departs late October – well, that’s the rule but give or take a few weeks on either side.
Raj GarigipatiOctober 15, 2018
Wow Adam, this is an amazing way to communicate the current migration situation through photos. I am going to be at Angama in a week from now, hoping to catch some of the final days of the Great Migration… thanks for sharing this beautiful experience!REPLY
Nicky FitzgeraldOctober 17, 2018
Jumping in here for Adam who is currently on leave.
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon
We have nailed the Migration to the ground 🙂