Alan’s Blog2022-04-24T08:20:52+01:00


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 [...]

3001, 2022

Behind the Photo – Splashing Mallard

THE STORY Whilst working at WWT Martin Mere at their annual North West Bird Watching Fair last year, I took some time to photograph some of the ducks in the reserve. This surface bathing male mallard caught my eye as it churned up the water with its wings [...]

2901, 2022

Behind the Photo – The Elephant’s Scratching Tree

THE STORY A herd of elephants slowly made its way over the Ol Choro Conservancy Savannah as we sat in our vehicle by this acacia tree. They were roughly heading in our direction, so we decided to sit tight hoping to photograph them as they approached. But, a closer [...]

2801, 2022

Behind the Photo – Cheetah & Wildebeest

THE STORY We spotted this lone male cheetah looking to hunt in the Ol Choro Conservancy of Kenya’s Masai Mara in the late afternoon. The plains were full of potential prey, juvenile wildebeests and zebras, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles and impalas. As always, ethics come first and we [...]

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