Join Us on an Unforgettable Photographic Safari
Mashatu Summer Season – January 2020
In search of cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant and much more in Mashatu private game reserve, in scenic summer surroundings, with Grant and Helena.
Big Cats Kenya – March 2020
Four nights each in the predator rich, reknowned wildlife conservancies of Motorogi and Naboisho, adjacent the Mara , with big cats a focus, and Grant and Helena.
Magical Bandhavgarh, India – May 2020
Join Grant and Helena Atkinson with Jason Fernandes, and a small group of (max 6) photographers in Bandhavgarh National Park in search of tigers and more.
Pantanal, Brazil – September 2020
Jaguars, otters, and a wild variety of colourful birds on this 10 night trip to the wildlife-rich north Pantanal wetland, in Brazil with 6 travelers maximum and Grant and Helena
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About Grant and Helena
Grant and Helena Atkinson are wildlife photographers and photo-safari leaders. They met whilst both working in Botswana for the same company, Grant as a guide and Helena in a conservation role. During that time they developed a deep knowledge, love and appreciation of that country’s wildlife.
Today they lead special-interest photographic safaris in Botswana, Brazil, India, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania. Together they believe that having an understanding of animal behaviour is vital component in the wildlife photographers skill set. Big cats like lion, leopard jaguar and tigers, African wild dogs, elephants, gorillas, marine mammals and birds are just some of their favourite subjects to spend time with.
Grant is a qualified field guide. Helena holds a masters degree in nature conservation.
Helena and Grant shoot mostly with Canon cameras and lenses, which they have found are reliable and effective, despite the hot and sometimes dusty conditions they work in. Between them, the bodies they use are the Canon 1DX Mark 2 and 1DX, 5D Mark 4, EOS R, 90D and 7D Mark 2. However, in order to be able to assist their guests on safari, and also for gear reviewing purposes, they familiarise themselves with all levels of Canon and Nikon dslr camera equipment. When it comes to lenses and focal length, they find that in most of the places that they spend time in that focal lengths of around 300mm to 600mm are ideal. In some of the places where they travel, they are able to go off-road to get closer to the subjects, and in some other places this may not be possible. They use both zoom lenses and fixed lenses from this list: Canon EF 500L f4 IS ii, Canon EF 400 DO f4 IS ii, Canon EF 100-400L f4.5-5.6 IS ii, Canon EF 70-200L f2.8 IS ii, Canon EF 70-300L f4-5.6 IS, Canon EF 16-35L f4 IS and Canon RF 24-105L f4 IS but not all at once, of course.
Canon cameras that we have owned and used in the past include the EOS M5, 6D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 1D Mark 4, 1D Mark 3, 7D, 5D Mark 2, 80D, 50D, 40D and 30D.
“We first met Grant in the Okavango Delta in 2001, and discovered quickly that he was the guide for us! Grant’s knowledge is extensive, his enthusiasm is infectious, and his sense of humor is greatly appreciated. We have now been on safari with Grant 5 times, and it is hard to imagine visiting southern Africa without him as our guide. Thank you, Grant, for great times in the past, and hopefully for more in the future.”Charis Henrie and Dave Ward, Oregon,USA
“With his knowledge and keen understanding of animal behaviour, Grant was able to enhance our photo opportunities by positioning us at the right angle, at the right time. As a veterinarian, I am always concerned about the affect of our presence in an animal’s world, but Grant was always careful not to interfere or intervene with these creatures. Grant’s love of nature is contagious, his sensitivity and caring for the environment is obvious. I have signed up for another safari with Grant and look forward to more in the future.”Marg Wood, Alberta,USA