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The following is a testimonial by Jim Norton. This past June, Jim and three of his friends joined me in Tanzania on an African photo safari. This was Jim’s second trip to Africa, having visited the continent previously to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Jim is a professional food and commercial photographer based in Toronto and it was a pleasure having him on the trip. As I quickly discovered, commercial photographers are constantly challenging themselves to see in creative ways and Jim was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique perspective of Jim’s photography and how it contrasted from my own photographic style.
As a professional photographer, I often feel that we are wired to do things in our own way, and a stubbornness that our way is the best practice.
Chris’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the environment travelled and untraveled is such that if forces you to rethink what you think you should and should not expect.
His advice and guidance truly allowed me to expand my opportunities in an environment that is not average by any means. Even though travellers may have different levels of experience, knowledge and direction, Chris eagerly approached all of us in a professional and gracious manner appropriate to our personal needs.
Where I as a professional photographer may not have needed as much advice or guidance with technical details, he was sure to provide detailed information on how to improve all aspects of my skills to my greatest advantage.
And in turn, I watched him guide others who might not have had the greatest technical skills improve their knowledge and abilities beyond their own expectations.
The image was taken one afternoon in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. As the sun neared the horizon, we watched a herd of elephants start their daily movements away from the river. As they passed between our Landrovers I captured this image. The photographer on the other side of the elephant is Jim. The image was captured using a Canon 1D mark 4, 120-300mm Sigma lens (set to 168mm), at 400 ISO. The lens was handheld.