I’ll be honest, my photography skills are very amateur. I tend to take photos for memory and for the sake of identification purposes with birds and insects. I don’t really know anything about exposures, aperture or iso. Or even how to edit a photo beyond cropping it.
The other research assistant here is the opposite, her photography is amazing. As former Vice-President of a university photography society, I guess that would be kind of obvious. Whilst I like most of the photos I take, her photos just put mine to shame. She knows what all those words mean, and knows how to put them into action to take some truely stunning photographs.
She has a Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayleyho/) but is incredibly perfectionist about which images she uploads onto there – so at the time of writing, there are only two from South Africa on there. She has given me permission to use some of her photos for future blog posts, so if there is a particularly spectacular image on here, it is likely to not be mine. Of course, her photos will be credited on here, I’m not going to try and steal her thunder.
Maybe I shouldn’t put my photography ability down so much, but truthfully if I take a great photo, it is only partially skill and likely quite a bit of luck!
Here are some of our favourites of her dwarf mongoose photos so far:
And a couple of other South African photos: