Paul Slyer's Photography blog

A blog all about photography, travel and wildlife

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In Rwanda gorilla trekking

In Rwanda gorilla trekking

My name is Paul Slyer and welcome to my blog. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980 but currently live and work in the UK.
One of my very first memories in life was when I was 3 years old, my parents decided to take me to Kruger National Park on my first safari. I only remember 2 things back then, the animals I saw and crying my eyes out when we where leaving I could not believe they where taking me away from such a beautiful place.

  From then onwards I went to as many parks and wildlife areas as possible and over the next 25 years my passion for wildlife grew, since then I have travelled through Africa, Australia and Asia in search of the local wildlife.

 In 2006 I was planning my next holiday to Madagascar and Southern Africa but wanted to record my trips with a better camera. I purchased a Pentax K10D and a Tamron 18-250mm lens. In those months before my trip, I found my second passion, photography. I would spend hours reading every article I could find on the subject and every spare moment I had, I would rush off to the local parks around London and put into practice what I had learnt.

 

Jaguar fun at the lion and rhino park, South Africa

Jaguar fun at the lion and rhino park, South Africa

I never knew I could get so much satisfaction mixing my two passions together and having the reward of a beautiful picture to keep that memory alive within me long after I had left a location. Unfortunately my beloved Pentax K10 has taken a back seat, as I found my pictures would become restricted with the quality of lens available to Pentax cameras. I have upgraded to a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8. I find the camera and lens amazing.

I will not be stopping there as I am in the process of giving up my day job and returning to South Africa to start a company which will be offering wildlife photographic safaris, where I will be taking people to Kruger National Park and surrounding areas. This will be a specialised safari designed specifically for photographers in mind and should be up and running in 2010, I hope you find the articles in this blog rewarding and I would love to here your comments on them.

 Best Regards

Paul Slyer

 

ps for those of you who are interested in my photography kit. I use and love the following.

Nikon D300

Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8

Sigma 50-500mm

Sigma 150mm f2.8

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

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