I have travelled north from Kigali to the Volcanoes National Park in; Rwanda six times over the last 10 years and I have generally failed; to return home with anything that does justice to Africa's "Jurassic; Park". There are many reasons - including, of course, my own ineptitude. For one, these magnificent mountain gorillas are only accessible in; mid-morning and therefore if the sun is out, the jungle is not an; ideal canvas on which to work - it's all streaks and a nasty cocktail of; overexposed and underexposed. More importantly, it is difficult to; have a sense of proximity and a sense of place in the same image -; the jungle can be exceptionally dense and this works against offering; a wider contextual narrative. It does not pay to be greedy, rather it; pays to show common sense. Thirdly, the experience is so other-worldly that it takes time to work; out what to do with the camera - and every cameraman, no matter; who they may work for, only has an hour in which to work. Thinking; time is limited in front of a troop of 22 or more gorillas. So, before I arrived on Monday, a few decisions had already been; taken. We would go when the chance of cloud cover was best and; we would focus on the Silverbacks. Most importantly, I knew there; was no point in deciding prior to the hike what lenses to take, as we; had no idea of the topography in which the trackers would find the; gorillas, but I knew I could leave some gear halfway up the mountain; and then work with whatever the layout dictated. In other; words, this year the goal is to be spontaneous and not prescriptive. Yesterday, this worked. The vegetation was so dense and messy that; wide angles were out. On the other hand, there was cloud cover and; this offered the chance of a tight portrait of Gihinga - a 32 year old; Silverback.
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