Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya

We’ve just come back from a fantastic trip to Kenya to sort out next year’s Hawk’s Head Photography / Enlightened Media photo / video safari! Here’s the first of many images.

This chap was sitting contemplating life as we crossed a dry riverbed in the Mara. Our side of him was in shadow, so a normal well lit shot was never going to work. However, I’ve always liked images with a graphic quality and deliberately underexposing allowed the lovely back lighting to bring out the texture of the fur around the silhouette nicely.

The reason for the Kenya trip was a recce for our 2013 photo / video safari, which is a collaboration between us atย Hawkโ€™s Head Photographyย and Trai Anfield atย Enlightened Media. Trai is a video journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4โ€ฒs โ€˜Living Worldโ€™. Sheโ€™s joining us to teach the video side of things as well as photography. Weโ€™ll have more information on theย web sites when weโ€™ve sorted the safari information out.