Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dress for Success, Especially While on Safari

The opening picture for this blog post says it all. I took the shot 15 years ago while on a foot safari in South Africa.

Our guide is removing a BIG thorn from the sneaker of the girl dressed in pink. Sneakers on safari? Pink on safari? Not!

As always, when you are traveling, dress for success – as illustrated by these shooters (fellow Canon Explorer of Light Darrell Gulin in white) on one of my Africa workshops. Research your location well in advance of your trip, and bring the appropriate clothes.

So . . . we had been out on foot since dawn. I had been carrying my heavy camera backpack for hours. It was mid-afternoon. Hot. Dry.

I was exhausted. I asked our guide, "How much further is it back to the camp?"

He replied, "Well, it's not that far, but it's not that close."

Use that line the next time you are on a family road trip when your kids ask you, "Are we there yet?"

Explore the light,

P.S. I may be doing a photo safari to Africa in 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested. If you come, wear hiking boots and safari clothes . . . please. Email:

If you go to Kenya, plan your trip around the annual migration of the zebra and wildebeest. It's an amazing site, and an amazing photo opportunity.


Willem said...

I've also seen the complete opposite of the pink jogging clothes. An oversized woman dressed in zebra, leopard, and tiger prints complaining about the heat and the smell.
How much more 'safari' can you get? :-)

Will keep track of your possible safari workshop plans for 2011.

Julie Martin said...

I'm looking at 2012 for Africa so I too will keep an eye on your workshop schedule!
Cheers from Downunder...