Africa: A Moment in Time

Filming nature and wildlife in Africa has always been a dream of mine. The opportunity to film nature in one of the last truly wild places on Earth left me with an even great appreciation for the wildlife inhabitants of our planet.

I based my time there in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Guided by Craig Berger of Oasis Africa, it was an incredible and memorable Safari which at the end of the trip I vowed to return to capture more of this incredible place.

Initially you may think “What’s the big deal? I see elephants and rhinos in zoos and wildlife parks all the time.” But with the tables turned and you are the one in the cage, it’s a totally different experience, trust me!
When you’re between two elephants on a dirt road and you’re backing up because the one in front keeps coming towards you while the one behind you is standing his ground you know you’re not in Kansas any more!

Here’s a short film I took during my first trip To Kruger. I’m counting the days until I can return and create even more stunning nature video.

Learn more about filming nature and wildlife in Kruger National Park


And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!

Kevin J Railsback is a wildlife and nature filmmaker

 

About the Author:

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic.
His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.

12 Comments

  1. Liz Ness April 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Kevin this is so beautiful (brings me to tears — of awe and gratitude of life). Thanks so much for sharing all that you do (and for your encouragement, too). It means the world!

    • Kevin J Railsback April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Liz! Means a lot coming from a fellow artist!
      I’m still learning and still improving. Course, I think you never really stop doing either. Well, at least I HOPE I still continue to improve! 🙂
      I certainly want to go back to Africa as soon as I can. I think I can do much better this time around.

    • Kevin J Railsback April 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Liz! Means a lot coming from a fellow artist!
      I’m still learning and still improving. Course, I think you never really stop doing either. Well, at least I HOPE I still continue to improve! 🙂
      I certainly want to go back to Africa as soon as I can. I think I can do much better this time around.

  2. vakantiewoning costa brava May 11, 2011 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Africa is a fabulous continent where i dream to spend my whole life…This is because i love its beautiful landscapes,amazing life,natural spots,wildlife as well as ancient castles too….The countries like South Africa,Tanzania,Kenya and Uganda are the favorite one of mine..This is because i here one can see different culture as well as enjoy the Safari too,which i likes most…

    • Kevin J Railsback May 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      I totally fell in love with Africa. It is unlike any other place on the planet. I can’t wait to get back there. Now that I know what it’s like t film over there I’ll be better prepared and come back with some footage that will blow this away!

      Thanks for the comment. I always appreciate it when people take the time to comment.

  3. johan blondeel November 4, 2011 at 11:25 am - Reply

    so beautiful !!!!!!!

    • Kevin J Railsback November 4, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Thanks Johan! Now that I have the camera I’ve wanted I really, really want to go back and shoot it right!

  4. djgaths April 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Beautiful stuff

  5. Craig Berger July 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful time it was, Big Guy. I think we worked out a wonderful “hunt and shoot” collaboration that gave you more opportunity than normal. I did what I do best. You did what you do best. Next time we’ll work on river crossings. BTW, how much was that Camera and lens worth that you saved from destruction?

    • Kevin J Railsback July 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Hey Craig,

      Now that I have the camera I want for Africa I need to be making plans to get there. I’ll have to raise some funds but with the camera I have now we’ll make this one look like a first graders first film! 🙂
      I think the lens alone was like $13k or something like that.
      I don’t know what we would have done if it flipped and I didn’t catch it on my leg. That would have been a pretty depressing remainder of a safari that’s for sure!!!

      • Craig Berger July 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

        We’ll have to find a vehicle. I retired the Kombi and now use a Land Rover Defender 110. We could get an open game viewer.

        • Kevin J Railsback July 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

          That would be sweet!
          I know we could make a great film this time around!!

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