Out of Africa, stunning photos

VINCENTIA woman Corinne Le Gall’s passion for photography is easy to see.

She recently stunned South Coast Register readers with a photograph of two whistling kites taking on a juvenile white bellied sea eagle in a battle in the skies over Jervis Bay.

She has now taken her passion to the next level, spending a month on a nature photography trip to Africa.

Mrs Le Gall headed to South Africa photographing the “big five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – in their natural environment.

She went with no specifically planned itinerary.

“I lived in South Africa for a year in 2005 so was able to stay with friends, which made it all a lot easier,” she said.

She spent eight days in Kruger National Park, where she said her shutter finger was rarely off the button.

“It was amazing to see animals in their own habitat, doing what they do naturally,” she said.

She said one of the highlights was coming across a leopard that had managed to drag an impala up into a tree not long after a kill.

“The leopard was just sitting at the base of the tree, all of a sudden it stood up looked me straight in the eye – it was beautiful,” she said.

She also has some amazing photographs after coming across a pride of 15 lions playing in grasslands.

“They just came out of the bush, walked up the road past us and into bush on the other side of the road – it was incredible,” she said.

She also captured rhinos, elephants, hippos, vibrantly coloured birds and a variety of other animals.

“It was incredible just to drive along and shoot whatever came across my lens. I just fired away – I was shooting in the kindest way, not leaving a mark on any of the animals,” she said.

“I took thousands of photographs.”

She used a Canon 5D mark III with a 400m 5.6 lens and 70 to 200mm 2.8 lens.

Her adventures haven’t ended; next month she will travel to Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Botswana to pursue her passion.

If you would like to see more of Mrs Le Gall’s stunning work, go to her Life – Through My Lens Facebook page.

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