Alan’s Blog2022-04-24T08:20:52+01:00


3004, 2024

Review – 3 Legged Thing AirHed Trinity

I am a regular advocate for the use of monopods and also, the importance of versatility in any kit I use. Monopods are so much more portable than tripods and much more suitable for use in safari vehicles. With a monopod head, we don’t need or want the same [...]

1504, 2024

Review – 3 Legged Thing Ultra Plates

As a wildlife photographer, I appreciate the value of photography equipment and accessories which are adaptable and versatile. 3 Legged Thing have introduced a range of Ultra Plates via a Kickstarter programme. There’s a lot more to them than a normal quick release plate! Ultra Plates come in four [...]

304, 2024

Real and Witnessed in Nature

I took this photograph in the Sabi Sands reserve of South Africa’s Greater Kruger. We were crossing a dam and I looked back to see an amazing sight of an elephant herd approaching and drinking from a watering hole. A dead tree with what I think are [...]

310, 2023

Move over Alan 2.0, here comes Alana!

It's no secret I am a strong advocate of using monopods for wildlife photography and film work. I've talked about it many times on blogs on my website and also over on our African Photography Safaris Podcast. My current monopod, which is as much a constant addition to [...]

1209, 2023

Fujfilm GF500mm f/5.6 Lens Announced

As expected, today's Fujifilm 'X-Summit' in Stockholm was a GFX (medium format) led event. The new GFX100 II was sort of expected, but I was surprised to see the announcement of a GF500mm f/4 lens in development. If I were a betting man, I'd have placed my wager on seeing [...]

3003, 2023

Northern Diver Composite

On our Isle of Skye 'Highlands & Eagles' trip, I spotted this Northern Diver taking to flight as we passed by in the boat looking for white-tailed sea eagles. I was using the Fujifilm X-H2S with the XF100-400 at 30 frames per second. On finding focus, I took 40 [...]

3110, 2022

3 Legged Thing – Alan 2.0 Monopod – Darkness

Today sees the launch of the 3 Legged Thing "Darkness" range of monopods and tripods. I've been using a 3 Legged Thing Alan 2.0 monopod for a little while now but I also have this new more subtle and stealthy matt black "Darkness" version. It seems like a good [...]

3105, 2022

Fujifilm X-H2S and XF150-600mm Lens

I've recently had the pleasure of photographing some native UK wildlife with a pre-production Fujifilm X-H2S and XF150-600mm lens. The X-H2S was officially announced during the Fujifilm X-Summit on 31st May 2022. The XF150-600mm was added to the lens road map in 2021 but its official specification was also [...]

903, 2022

Wildlife Photography Safari Gear List

Getting geared up for a wildlife photography safari is crucial to the enjoyment and success of what may be a once in a lifetime experience. Aside from the obvious things like cameras and lenses there are a few other bits and pieces that need careful consideration for space in [...]

1602, 2022

Behind the Photo – Leopard in the Tree

THE STORY During the final morning drive of our 2019 Maasai Mara photography safari we were hoping to give our group the opportunity to photograph a leopard. Despite previous regular and recent sightings with good photography opportunities, they had been elusive during this particular week. We drove out over the [...]

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