I recently visited the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Ashford, UK with Photographers on Safari. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to any avid photographer both pro or novice. You get incredibly close to the animals, literally just a wire fence between you and the mighty beasts! One stalked me and run up to the fence making me fall over!🙈 I managed to capture the ‘in the moment’ action shot….
I had never been so close to big cats before and they were incredible to watch and photograph. John, the organiser of the shoot, has been working with the WHF for over 11 years and had great personal knowledge of the cats. He taught us how to shoot through a fence which is more difficult than you think!
Here are some of my fav shots.
The biggest lesson I learned here was looking at the entire picture when capturing a shot. For example it is easy to take a shot and just focus on your target and then in post production realise you have bars or distracting things in the background. Here John told us to try and make it look like these animals are in the wild so shoot without seeing the human fences, wires, man made items. This was a little tricky at first (well for me) because I was so excited of capturing the cats I needed to calm myself down and actually think about the pictures I wanted to take. I am very pleased with the outcomes and took a lot of lovely big cat portraits.