For the past three months we have been fortunate to have acclaimed wildlife photographer Rick Collins based at the Lodge as the Discovery Centre’s Photographer in Residence. Currently working as a photographic grizzly bear guide in remote Alaska, Rick decided to overwinter in the warmer climes of Africa, and arrived in the Serengeti at the end of October.
Rick has been with us through most of the Green Season; an ideal time for photography, and he has managed to capture some stunning images as a result. The Serengeti is a photographer’s paradise all year round, but the Green Season is arguably when the Park is at its most beautiful to photograph. The vegetation is lush and green and with clear light, it is also one of the best times of year to capture spectacular sunsets, while watching clouds building in the vast African sky.
The migrant bird species arrive, and many other bird species are in their colourful breeding plumage. Plus, the wildlife is well fed and looking at its finest! During the Green Season, the Great Migration is on the Tanzanian side of the Serengeti and, due to the Lodge’s central location, guests at Four Seasons are more likely to be able to drive through the vast herds as you head out on a full day game drive, as the wildebeest feed on the rich grasslands of the Serengeti’s Southern Plains. Not only this, but February is also the month for wildebeest calving, and with up to half a million being born in just over a month, they attract an array of predators – making for more ideal photo opportunities.
Throughout his time at Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Rick has been accompanying guests on their safaris, guiding them in their photographic adventures whilst offering hints and tips on how to capture the action to a professional standard. Also popular over the Festive period were Rick’s one-on-one photo workshops back at the Discovery Centre, where he worked with guests, critiquing their photos and offering editing and post-production tutorials.
Rick is the fourth specialist to join the Lodge as Photographer-in-Residence, following on from fellow acclaimed wildlife photographers Will Burrard-Lucas, Nick Garbutt and Paul Joynson-Hicks. If you are keen to improve your photography skills while on safari, why not consider joining previous Photographer-in-Residence, Tanzania-based Paul Joynson-Hicks on one of his Exclusive Photo Safaris at Four Seasons this Green Season in May or November 2015.More posts from February 2015