GERHARD STEENKAMP WILDLIFE AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Around 13 years old, while in Ladybrand High School in the Eastern Free State (South Africa),  I first discovered photography by means of my mothers Kodak instamatic camera. To her big frustration because she had to pay for all the developing of the films.

This camera stayed with me through out my high school career and also for the two years after high school, while spending eighteen months in Namibia(Ovamboland) during the border war. I still remember me trying to capture the beautiful sunsets of Namibia with this camera.

In 1980 I started studying a B.Ed degree with Geography as one of the subjects at the University of the Free State. January  1984 I started practicing as a Geography teacher. For the next 12 years I spend my time working as a teacher.

When I bought my first “real” camera during February 1984, after just one month in the teaching profession, a lifelong passion started. First off, as a amateur, but in 1996 I turned into a full-time photographer earning money solely from photography.

During the 12 years as a teacher I spend a lot of time honing my photographing skills. In that time I already started to earn money from photography by covering sporting events, weddings, matrix farewells, portraits etc. This helped me to buy some decent equipment and I still remember my first 300mm F2.8 lens that I bought in 1992.

Since 1996, as a full time photographer, I covered rugby, cricket, swimming and soccer at the highest level. Sport photography was where I started off and this developed in all sorts of other genres.

Some of the highlights during this period were;  The British Lions tour to South Africa during 1997, Three Swimming World Cups, Soccer World Cup in 2010 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009(cricket). Also the more than 30 front cover photos on sporting magazines such as Sports Illustrated, SA Cricket Magazine, SA Rugby Magazine, Rugby International etc. are a big highlight for me.

In 2011 I got into wildlife photography which means a long learning curve starting over again which I’m still busy with and probably will never end.  This also meant a total career change as I’m proud to say that at the moment I’m a full time wildlife photographer.

Since January 2012 I have spend most of my time in the Kalahari region capturing the essence of the wildlife and its habitat.

Photography for me is a way of living. Not a day in my life goes by without taking, editing and browsing through photos.

When shooting out of my vehicle(which is most of the time) I’m using a Gimpro door bracket and gimball head to keep the 600 mm lens sturdy.

For the wide angle images I mainly use a Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 and a Nikon 20mm F2.8 lens in combination with a Lee filter system to balance the light when necessary. For the medium range photos I’m using a 300mm F2.8 and a 70-200mm F2.8 lens.

With more than 30 years experience, I’m willing to share my love and passion for photography with you through my services rendered;

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