The Human Mind Experiences Magic and Joy In Discovery

People Love A Good Mystery & Joy In Discovery

How you can create better photographic images that will stir buyers of photographs to desire your work. It’s a simple thought. Sometimes it is overlooked by photographers and sometimes of course not!

Bengal tiger front view of its eyes, close up. Detail photograph, seeing the mystery in its eyes. people love a good mystery

Few human beings will ever look a Bengal tiger so closely in the eyes. Today, I am sharing a powerful tip about wildlife and landscape photography. It’s an easy tip. As easy as staring into the eyes of a tiger!

It’s not a general surprise that most people love a good mystery or a sense of surprise. I was originally going to title this blog post “Finding exciting pictures in the details”. But then the thought occurred to me, “Why not make it a little mysterious, exciting… Generate some curiousity!” Yes, people love a good mystery. They also enjoy the moment of discovery, and that is what this post is all about. The desire for discovery is what drives the current trends in travel. I hear this time and again from the students / clients at my workshops and private tours. They want to see for her or his self, to discover, to experience firsthand what it’s like in a place that is foreign to them. And everyone wants to know what Africa is like or any other country/places on the globe! It is exciting! Right? 😀

As photographers, reaching out and using this ‘need’ for discovery can elevate our work, and make it far more interesting to viewers of our photographs.

Fine art black and white close up photo print of an elephant and its two tusks. Discovery of the details

The tusks of the elephant are beautiful, especially to see them up close. Unfortunately, it is this most beautiful aspect of the elephant that is causing it so much harm. Poachers kill them- just for their tusks to collect dust as statues and other items!

Now, whether you take photographs for advertising, editorial, art décor, or just for yourself…

Keep this in mind

There is also Beauty in the Details! There are many different ways one can photograph an elephant. But, few have captured an photograph that details the elephant as the one above. You see. Details present discovery for a viewer. Discovery creates excitement in the mind. A viewer will linger on a photograph that presents details. Think back to the lead photograph of the tiger. This photograph allows you to ‘study’ what a tiger’s eyes and face really look like. What they look like- up close! Can you imagine looking at a tiger through your lens and being that close? In a recent survey, 3 out of 4 adults who love to travel… stated that they love traveling to discover something new about his or her self, or about the location that they were visiting. 75 percent said this!!

Discovery can send a powerful message

I have been working on a series of photographs of the elephant. I am very worried about them. Elephants are on the endangered list and may soon face extinction unless something is done to help them. What a terrible loss that would be for the world, and all for greedy people wanting their tusks and their feet. Using photographs, like the one above, I’m able to tap into a wide audience that enjoys a mystery and a sense of discovery. The photo causes them to linger, and then to explore the details of the photograph. I catch them long enough to tell them a story, which hopefully pushes them to act on behalf of the elephant. Your photography can also be a powerful tool for change!

Hiers on discovery of a glacier in Svalbard. They climb down a big glacier wall, people love a good mystery of unexplored

Hikers work their way across glacial ice in Svalbard, Norway. Actually these were students from Longyearbyen University. What was their discovery?

A Detail Photograph Doesn’t Necessarily Mean A Close-up Photographs

It’s important to understand that a detail picture doesn’t necessarily mean a close-up photograph. Using the details also means to compose in a manner that creates eye movement across the photograph. When a viewer’s mind doesn’t achieve an immediate answer as to what they are supposed to see, the need for discovery kicks in. They will begin to scan for an answer. When they discover that detail, their mind solves the mystery, and a very happy ‘ah hah’ moment occurs. It’s a moment like this that allows me to tell a story about the worldwide loss of glacial ice: a huge problem that we should all find concerning!

Lioness eye close up, for discovery of the details of the scare, eye and more

This detail picture reveals something about the life of this lioness. Did you catch it?

The lioness displays a recent wound from battle. It tells us something about her life. If, this photograph was created too wide; the wound becomes too insignificant to be part of a story. If, this photograph was created too tight, for example just the eye, then the story of the wound is missing. In all of your photography efforts- keep an eye to the details- whether they are close up or a small fragment of a much larger composition. It is your eye for detail that will help you tell the story that you want to tell! If you’re interested in coming to Africa or anywhere else on the globe, experiencing these animals and places through your own lens… You can contact me here.

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Excited Photographers Love This Amazing Natural Paradise

On the Road Again: Anette Travels to Namibia, Africa in March 2019


Photograph of tourists climb a red sand dune in Sossusvlei in Namibia. Blue sky above this huge sand dune

Tourists Navigate the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes of Namibia, Africa. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


“Namibia is the hidden jewel of Africa. This is why I visit often, and I also lead photo adventure tours here as well. It is still pristine territory – an experience that no one will ever forget!” – Anette


African lioness stalking through high grassland wildlife photographer Anette

A female lion locks eyes with my camera, as she stalks me in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


Have you heard of Namibia?

This beautiful country lies in the southern one-third of the African continent. It is to the northwest of South Africa, where I currently call home, and to the west of Botswana.

I have traveled here many times due to its extensive natural resources and wildlife.

Here you will find amazing landscapes including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, and the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes to name a few.

The wildlife here is diverse and plentiful. For the photographer, it is significant to realize that Namibia holds a significant cheetah population. It is really something to experience a cheetah in full stride while on the hunt. There are also plenty of other game including rhino, giraffes, lions, zebras, and elephants to name a few.

Namibia is an ever-evolving story, which is why I return often to photograph.

After every trip, I plunge through my photographs, and inevitably, I believe that I can find better light, or a better angle, or a more dramatic moment.

In truth, I really just want to go back and take more pictures!


Photograph of two African young elephant bulls play fight in the late afternoon light in the Namibian savannah of Etosha National Park

Two young elephant bulls fight in the late afternoon light in Etosha National Park. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


I will be spending eight days in the Etosha National Park, where I hope to photograph several new species.


Map of Etosha National Park, the eastern part. Showing Camps and waterholes, roads

Map courtesy • Etosha National Park, their website offers free downloadable maps.



African Desert elephant bull walking towards the wildlife photographer Anette in the dry Hoanib river bed in Namibia, Africa

The Hoanib River Bed is home to Desert Elephants, as well as many other amazing animals, such as giraffes and springboks. • by Anette Mossbacher


I will also spend time in Hoanib River Bed. Here, among other animals, I will search for the allusive Desert Elephant and Desert Lion. They are extremely difficult to spot in the harsh landscape.


Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia, Africa

Picture courtesy • Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia


I love to drive up through the riverbed. To both sides, left and right, mountains jut dramatically up into the sky. Dust is everywhere. In all of my trips this spot, I have never witnessed any water in the riverbed.

If you dream of Africa, this is the place. Off road for sure, it is desolate and remote. Wildlife here is not used to human interaction, and will occasionally become aggressive towards vehicles.

It is a good idea to travel with company here!


African elephant and rhinos drinking at a waterhole in the evening. Stars in the dark blue sky.

Elephant and rhinos seek water as the glow of dusk settles into a complete darkness. The landscape reverberates with the sounds of wild nocturnal animals waking up. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


Next, I will be off to Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a beautiful coastal city that is home to a number of tiny creatures that I wish to photograph: Namaqua Chameleon, Sidewinder snake, Shovel-snouted lizard, the Cartwheeling spider, and the Palmetto gecko.

Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. These creatures are elusive. Despite previous attempts, I have never captured a single frame of any of them.

I see this as a challenge, and I think this may be my lucky trip! Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?


This zebra rests, while finding safety in the middle of the herd. Taken in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


Wildlife is always a primary interest in my personal travels, as well as my photography workshops, and my privately led photo adventure tours.

However, I am always keen to capture unique landscape photography as well.


Epupa Falls with Baobab trees. The Epupa Falls are created by the Cunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


The areas of exquisite landscape that I will be visiting on this trip include; Epupa Water Falls and Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park.


Early morning light skims across several Acacia trees in the Sossusvlei Dead Vlei of the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. This area is surrounded by beautiful red sand dunes. In my line of work, you must get up very early! • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


While in Swakopmond, I plan to photograph from the air. I will rent a small plane and capture a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Aerial photography is so much fun. If you’ve never tried it, you must join me on a tour, and I will teach you the ropes to these exciting photographs from above.


The red sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast, as viewed from the air. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher


My last stop will be the Sossusvlei Landscape

My last stop on this trip will be the Sossusvlei landscape. This landscape is stunning! The area is surrounded by blood red sand dunes. Many of the black dead Acacia trees, which dot the Clay & Salt Pan (sometimes referred to as “Camel Thorn Trees”), are over 900 years old.

I sometimes refer to this area as “Dead Shot” – meaning it has been over-photographed.

However, this is the thing about Africa. Nothing stays the same. Every day can offer a new composition never before seen.

So… Off, I go!

See you next time – when I am “On the Road Again”.