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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > October-December 2019 > SETTING THE scene


With its abundance of wildlife and dramatic, spacious landscapes, Botswana is a wildlife photographer’s dream destination. Charlie Lynam shares the stories behind some of his favourite shots



It’s risky driving into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in January, but there is a window after the rains have begun, when it is not too wet and the roads are still navigable. But if you are brave enough, the rewards are great. The rain had turned the area around Phokoje pan into a grassland – you would be forgiven for thinking this is the plains of East Africa. We had followed the resident lions for three days. They had enthralled us with various antics, the dominant male mating regularly with his lady. A huge afternoon storm was building up from the east, the sun was setting behind us and there was not another soul around. The mating pair were bathed in golden light and, to add to the romance of it all, a rainbow appeared. Magical.

My aim was to capture the drama of the vast plain and this surreal setting of a huge moody sky, complete with rainbow and its pot of gold. The sun behind me created the golden light. All I needed to do was position myself correctly to get the lions at the rainbow’s end. I opted for a maximum depth of field at f/22, 1/250 with a wide angle lens at 40mm.

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