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Chris Wahl

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Chris Wahl last won the day on 8 November

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About Chris Wahl

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  • Birthday 24/03/1966

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  • Real Name
    Chris Wahl
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Mannheim, Germany
  • Photographic Interests
    I don't know why my interests are a required field ... doesn't make sense in a photography forum :)
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    the ones I have
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    Zeiss Olympic Sonnar 180/2.8
  1. Thanks for your comments! The more hi-key style of the first two is probably not to the liking of everybody :) The last 3 as you wrote are more the classical approach ... I like portraits of the contrasty style but applying that to humans requires a subject that accepts the harsh processing and those are hard to find :) again thanks for the comments as they help a lot to critically assess my own work! Cheers, Chris
  2. Thanks for your kind words! Usage of flash is generally forbidden (exceptions to be discussed with the reserve management). The light you see in the images is from LED lights that are permanently installed at the hides. Cheers Chris
  3. Thanks so much Rodrigo! You are absolutely right regarding the vantage point ... Getting low makes all the difference for that kind of photographs. In the overnight hides you actually sit a bit below water level. I couldn't agree more to all what you wrote! However, there are other kinds of images where a vehicle is very useful and where even the back row (aka the "Disney Seat") is the preferred option. I got some images of leopards in the tree or birds in flight (and other stuff) that wouldn't have been possible from within a hide. Following a pack of wild dogs in a vehicle also was an experience that I'll never forget. again thanks Rodrigo, Chris
  4. dum diddy do and the socks make the colour
  5. Nice series Aguinaldo, well done! I am admiring those who despite their handicap remain positive and further develop themselves in sports or other areas ... I would not have the strength to do this. Fantastic people these are and you captured them nicely ... thanks for sharing!
  6. Thanks a lot Maurice, much appreciated! Phinda is also a very good place to photograph cheetahs, Phinda is well known for them. At Sabi Sabi I had my only encounter with a cheetah hunting (unsuccessful) but in general Phinda and Zimanga give you a better chance to spot and photograph them. Thanks a lot again Luc, glad you like the images and much appreciated! Took me ages to get the colours right Cheers, Chris
  7. Brilliant clip, thanks for sharing Dallas! I take it that you can't play that steal-the-kill game too often with the same pride
  8. Thanks again Aguinaldo and noooo .... no evil ... just hungry Thanks for you kind words Mark! Such encounters with wild life are magical and is a big part of what I am living for. Being on their territory and trying to adapt as much as possible to their rules is what it is all about. Dave, you are probably right that some people (aka thieves) will use the images for whatever purpose but the only way to avoid this is a very intrusive watermark which is s.th. I stubbornly refuse to do. A non-intrusive watermark is photoshopped in no time ... For everything else I got the raw files which is enough proof of copyright ... Well ... as you proposed ... I take it as a compliment (and will react ugly in case I notice unauthorized usage)
  9. Thanks a lot Aguinaldo and yes, it was a most amazing time!
  10. Thank you Luc, much appreciated! The light in this hide was amazing in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Well, photographing wild life and patience go together, no matter what. But there are those moments where you patiently wait for hours and then look somewhere else for 5 minutes ... Guess when the action happens :)
  11. Well, I guess I could ID those too ... quite ugly but fascinating if I remember correctly :)
  12. Fantastic Alan! I would so much love to do this but I have zero of the required skills and knowledge ... Maybe I get old enough that I can dig into that once my work-life ended ...
  13. Thanks Dallas! Yes, getting low is so important and the hides offer that in a perfect way ...
  14. Thanks Dallas! So we are on the same level regarding the ID of birds
  15. Thanks a lot for your kind words Dave! There were no rifles around at that place (at least not that I am aware of and I am pretty sure I would have noticed). The hides are securely locked (usually two doors) so there is no way lions can enter. Elephants however are a much bigger potential threat because they can easily smash the windows of the hides if they would be interested to do so which they aren't. It is of course strictly forbidden to leave the hides without a ranger nearby. All in all I always felt safe but the mileage of others varies . Guides / Rangers at Sabi Sabi and Phinda always have a rifle in the safari vehicle and they take it when they leave the car and expect an animal nearby. I have however no clue which calibur it is. I am not into rifles ... it is much safer to behave yourself and anticipate the environment and the mood of the animals. I remember encounters with Elephants where the rangers did not trust to get too close to them. Those rangers and the trackers can literally read the bush and do everything to avoid situations where a rifle is the last solution ... and they are extremely good!
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