Namibian pro photographer, Jandre Germishuizen, shares a few local secrets on what it takes to capture the best of his homeland...
I was in the southern part of Namibia and there was a big storm brewing. I was already packing up as the storm drew ever closer. At the last minute the clouds opened and lit up and old Camel thorn tree. The big sky country yet again delivered and the moment was timeless.
Big Sky country. A storm approaches, but for this Camel thorn tree its a few years too late. Southern Namibia, Sossusvlei area © Jandre Germishuizen
I think Namibia has so much to offer; there are so many different landscapes and the possibilities are endless, like no other country I've visited. Namibia makes you work for the shots you want, be it wind storms, freezing cold, 45 degree heat or having to drive hundreds of kilometers to the next destination. But all that is dearly rewarded in the end.
Road to nowhere. One of the many desert landscapes that shows the simplicity and beauty of the Namib. NamibRand Nature Reserve © Jandre Germishuizen
Oh that’s very difficult. Each photo shoot and every trip has its favorites. There is always a good story behind the photos and some photos carry more meaning for the photographer even though they are not that breathtaking. My favorite photos are the ones that I daydream about, the ones you see happening in your head, planning it months on end and countless hours of waiting and then hoping nature will play along and generously reward you.
Standing Tall. The rain is falling but its not reaching the ground. Southern Namibia 35km south of Sesriem © Jandre Germishuizen
A giraffe gives out a mouthful of water while drinking as its startled by something in the bushes. Etosha National Park Dune Crossing © Jandre Germishuizen
A late afternoon in Sossusvlei , Ostriches cross one of the sand dunes as their shadows grow ever taller. Sossusvlei © Jandre Germishuizen
I never leave home without my Canon gear. I take everything with, rather than pack light and regret not having the right lens or tool when a certain photo possibility presents itself. All of which I safely pack away in my Pelican cases that have saved my gear countless times from water and the odd bump. I never leave home without a good cd for the long roads ahead and my GoPro's.
A family of elephants take over the Etosha roads. Etosha National Park © Jandre Germishuizen
#1: Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide. Just going in blindly into areas that you not know the secrets of can be time wasted.
#2: Plan what you want to see and photograph, be it animals, dramatic clouds or the green Namib plains. Each of which happens in a different time slot through the year and needs specific preparation.
#3: If coming to capture the beauty that Namibia holds, go on a photography tour. There are a lot of permits and permissions that such a tour will take care of (not to mention letting you in on the secrets). You can join me on photo safaris and specialized tours, visit jandrephoto.com for more info. About Jandre Germishuizen
About Jandre Germishuizen
Jandre is a Namibian photographer favoring landscape and wildlife photography . Living among the beautiful and timeless dunes of Sossusvlei. Jandre takes photography safaris into the desert and shares some of the secret spots hidden in the breathtaking desert. To organize a tour around Namibia with Jandre [email protected]
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