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Wildlife Photographers on Instagram

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My own Instagram account at @davidlloyd


A LITTLE HISTORY

Instagram is a little like Twitter where simplicity is the requisite, but with the emphasis on pictures over text. It emerged in October 2010 and got to a million users within three months, 10 million in a year, then surpassed Twitter’s 300 million users by the end of 2014, all in turn making billionaires out of its two student developers.

Undoubtedly this coincided too with the rise of camera phones and digital cameras. Initially Instagram was available only on the iPhone and it’s culture developed to be that of an online photo-diary for thousands then millions of people, photo-diarising almost every conceivable event – even idle moments of the day did not escape Instagrammers as evidenced by posts of coffees, lunches, pets, and bored-waiting-for-the-bus snaps of one’s own feet. Arguably it also gave rise to the selfie, and by extension the development of the selfie stick.

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Remembering Karanja

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Karanja was the Maasai Mara’s most famous of its forty-nine black rhinos, famous for his age but probably more so for his magnificent 34 inch horns which made him so easily recognisable from the rest.

He was easily the oldest rhino in the reserve and died of natural causes on Christmas Eve 2014 at the age of around 44 years old. He was a rare living link from an era when rhinos were still common, and just as much as it was a privilege to see him his natural surroundings, it becomes a relief to know, against all odds, that he completed his life naturally.

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2014 In Review

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Solitude


FOR EACH END OF YEAR REVIEW as in 2011, 2012 and 2013, my own revisiting them twelve months hence is just as important as writing them to begin with. It’s one more yardstick to measure where I was then to where I am now. One’s own photography needs to evolve (just as anything else does) otherwise you become in danger of being stuck in your own past.

As with previous years there were objectives to achieve, and much of this year was taken up with my new book, AS LONG AS THERE ARE ANIMALS, along with its accompanying exhibition. Then if I could manage to sell a few pictures or win a award or two along the way, then so much the better.

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April Newsletter

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Issue three of my newsletter is out today. If you’ve not already subscribed, you can at do so right here.

As a teaser, here are the contents of issue three:

  1. WildPhotos 2014 announcement
  2. My First Book, Due Autumn 2014
  3. Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda this November
  4. African Big Cat Safaris 2015
  5. New Destinations for 2015
  6. Galapagos, May 2015
  7. Masai Mara Great Migration Photo Safari this August
  8. British Wildlife Centre Workshops

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The Photography Show

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The Photography Show is the UK’s brand new event for professional and amateur photographers and retailers. Taking place from 1-4 March 2014, at The NEC Birmingham, The Photography Show is filtered to all imaging needs. There will be almost two hundred exhibitors, workshops and around fifty speakers throughout the four days. The Photography Show will be the largest event of its kind in the UK.

I will also be speaking at this year’s show, giving a 40 minute talk at 11am on Tuesday 4th March. Within the 40 minutes I’ll cover black and white, developing an eye, and a few thoughts behind some of my own pictures. Places will be first come, first served on the day and I’ve managed to secure a discount for readers of this website who’d like to go to the show.

To buy tickets for £10 (as opposed to the usual £13 in advance or £15 on the door) simply follow this link and use the discount code DVLYD142014 (valid from now until 20/02/2014).

A British Wildlife Centre Workshop

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Red Fox at the British Wildlife Centre

I am hosting three one day photographic workshops in May at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, England.

The British Wildlife Centre is host to the finest collection of native wildlife in Britain with over forty different native species from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer.

This workshop is held when the centre is closed to the public. With access from inside the enclosures we offer opportunities to get really close to the animals. We are timing our day to finish at 8pm to take advantage of the late afternoon light. It is aimed at amateurs to advanced amateurs whether or not you have been using a camera for weeks or years.

For more info including times and costs, please visit my British Wildlife Centre page here.

A Talk on Wildlife Photography in London

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Muscovy Duck, at the WWT London Wetland Centre.

On Sunday 2nd February at 2pm I’ll be giving a talk about wildlife photography at the WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes, near London. I’ll be giving my own perspective on photographing wildlife, from preparation through to the final print. Naturally, it’ll be illustrated by many of my own pictures too.

I will also share my own experiences of photographing African wildlife, in particular that of the great wildebeest migration which occurs every August in the Masai Mara in Kenya. I will cover what to expect on safari, how to prepare, and how to get the most out of the photographic opportunities there.

The talk will last approximately one hour, and there will be plenty of time for a question and answer session afterwards.

It’s free once you have paid for entry to the centre, but you’ll need to reserve your place, so please email the centre at info.london@nullwwt.org.uk to do so.

For directions, see how to find us on the WWT London Wetland Centre website.

If you can make it along, it’d be great to see you there.


Details:

Sunday 2nd February at 2pm

Queen Elizabeth’s Walk
Barnes, London
SW13 9WT

info.london@nullwwt.org.uk

2013 In Review

2013 saw me spend some eleven weeks in Kenya, hosting three private and six group photo safaris as well as spending a couple of weeks with just myself and the animals for company. These pictures are what came out of those eleven weeks in terms of my own photography. Equally satisfying though, was the opportunity to play a role in realising the ambition of forty or so other keen photographers and to see them achieve their own photographic dreams too.

Meanwhile at home, it felt like I never stood still with British Wildlife Centre and London Zoo workshops as well as two shows of my pictures cumulating in Bronze Black and White exhibition in London in November.

The thumbnails below are all clickable so click on them to view a larger version.


Leopard Country

Ask me what my favourite subject is and I’ll happily tell you, but today’s answer may be different from yesterday’s or tomorrow’s. But often it will be the leopard. February afforded me many opportunities, I think we encountered seven different individuals all told. Of the seven, it was Shujaa and Bahati who provided most of my pictures.

We never have off-season, almost every day yields a surprise, like the afternoon we encountered a lone black rhino just two minutes out of camp…

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