This photograph – taken a few days ago in Lewa Downs in Kenya – was preconceived, but the execution as many will know is damn tough.
Grevy’s zebra – by far the most aesthetically spoilt of the species – are skitiish and do not tend to allow a vehicle too close. After a while, they get fed up and the best chance is always in the first few minutes.A telephoto lens can mitigate the problem, but only so far. The key thing is to have an excellent driver who knows exactly what your intent is and can manage a jeep in the most bumpy of terrains.
My driver, guide and friend – Andy Campbell – tried with me for 2 days a month ago and all I got was a sore arse. But we came back, with new ideas and in particular a new lens, a few days ago and we finally got what we were looking for. Its a bit like fishing I guess, you simply have to put in the time and know your detail.