Waiting 270 hours for the perfect photo

In pursuit of the perfect photo of wild lions in their natural habitat, specifically that of lions quenching their thirst, wildlife photographer Greg du Toit went to extreme measures. After a year spent digging and hiding in various holes and trenches near the lions water fountains in a failed attempt to capture the eye level, up close and personal photos, he took the plunge so to speak into the lions’ watering spots. After a total of 270 hours in the water (3 hours per day, 7 days a week), the photographer finally got the pictures he wanted, but not before contracting some nasty bugs, such as malaria and bilharzia.

He added: ‘The high red blood platelet count signalled that I was carrying a lot of parasites. This included numerous species of internal worm parasites and a particularly nasty external worm parasite known as Hook Worm. ‘This worm was actually visible under the skin of my foot and would move at night. It became a game to find the worm in my foot each morning.’ After a long stint sick in bed recovering, Mr du Toit was finally given the all clear following courses of powerful antibiotics, pesticides and by spraying liquid nitrogen on the parasites visible under his skin.

And you thought you were special with that photo you took from that “difficult” angle. The photographer’s photos will be published in the March issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine

I forgot who exactly said this, but I read this quote by a professional photographer in a National Geographic issue. He explained the difference between a professional and amateur photographer. To paraphrase, he said the amateur captures the photo while the professional creates the photo that he or she wants. This is an apt example of this.