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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Say Good Bye To Kaziranga and Hello To Ranthambore Bengal Tiger Harbor

Ranthambore National Park, the home of Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Samba Deer and many more Indian Wildlife


We arrived late night in Sawai Madhopur at a farm house. Farm house, in India? Yes, it is possible. My friend Ravindra from the Ranthambore Regency has built a farm house in a wonderful setting at the edge of the Ranthambore National Park. He offered us the house, which has 5 beautiful big rooms. It was brand new; we were the first guests among Swedish guests. The staff service was beyond many can imagine. Just one example, I have asked Ravindra for wheelchair ramps for Jan. They have put in ramps at all steps, these ramps were a tad to steep. I asked for better longer ramps not steep, showing them how long they should be. Same day, few hours later, after our safari, the new ramps were installed. This made it easier for Jan to use and move around. Special thanks to the great staff and Ravindra. You have made our stay in Ranthambore special.

Bengal Tiger eyes portrait, two eyes looking into camera

Bengal Tiger Portrait. FujiFilm X-T2; XF 100-400mm & 1.4x TC

The Exiting Wildlife, The Bengal Tiger

Yes, I stop with yada, we come to the exiting wildlife of Ranthambore. I was in touch with my guide Nafees the last 6 month to organize Ranthambore through and through. All needed to sit on the dot, which is in India quite a challenge sometimes. Here it comes, the word “but”. But when you know a bit the Asian culture and customs, as well follow the words of Jeske: “go with the flow”, nothing will be a problem, it always will work out. No worries, be happy!
Nafees organized and guided for us unforgettable safaris. He booked us 2 jeeps for the upcoming 14 safaris in Ranthambore. Himself guided us on one jeep; the second jeep took over Hansraj, fantastic great spotter & Jahid great driver and spotter as well. My compliments to them.
We had plenty of sightings of Tigers on this trip, Jan’s Indian wildlife photography wish list got shorter day by day, once a trick has been accomplished. We have sighted 2 Tigress, each with their 3 playful youngsters on a kill and in the water. It was a scene of such bliss to watch these young cubs playing. Sometimes some challenges were included to get a good composition. Branches or grass in the way and some other unwanted things. Hmmm, no hmmm, this makes you move on the jeep and not just sit and push a button. You needed to work your way around all this. Move up or down to the side and floating if you are able to. I love these challenges in photography. It makes you see not only the animal in the viewfinder, you observe around the animal. You have to work on your photograph; you take your time to accomplish it with or without branches the way you want. Oh well, if all odds were against me, the tiger did not fit into the photograph, I squeezed the tiger into a landscape photograph. (insider info of this great group, see an example of a wildlife landscape photograph

Two Bengal Tigers, mother and cub sharing a tenderness moment rubbing heads

Bengal Tigers tender moment. FujiFilm X-T2; XF 100-400mm & 1.4x TC

Seeing And Photographing A Bengal Tiger

Indian Leopards or even the very shy Sloth Bear can transform a wildlife photographers face into a very happy glowing face. Evgeny had such a face when he had his first Tiger sighting, smile from ear to ear, he was very happy with what he captured with his cameras.

One day we entered Peacock paradise. Jan & Evgeny’s playground to photograph these big birds. Big birdies everywhere, on trees, on ground, on the big wall of the Ranthambore Fort, where you looked you saw them. The mission peacock started. Get the “bigger chicken” of the jungle as you would like to photograph it. We all gave our best, not quite sure that the peacocks gave their best! We photographed them flying, dancing with their beautiful long feathers spread to a wheel to impress the females, good luck, or just doing the “gugg in die Luft” position. (gugg in die Luft > doing nothing, or in other words, the empty box is in use. Maybe zen?)

Last day has arrived and with that the last 2 drives into the bush. Carole had to fly back to Europe one day earlier, due some work related obligations. At that stage we still did not see the Indian leopard or a sloth bear. At the last safari, late afternoon, Evgeny, Jan and Jeske hit the little Jackpot. They had the pleasure to capture the Indian Leopard and Sloth Bear. Both animals are quite shy, not easy to spot. Their guide and driver managed to spot these two animals, they even spent quite a while with them. I envy them for that. What a great finale of this photo tour with a bunch of great people 🙂

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