A large, lone Buffalo bull bursts through the fence and starts charging at our vehicle. The majestic animal chases, gains a bit of ground and before we know it, rams straight through another part of the same fence designed to keep him and other animals at bay.
We have no idea what caused that Buffalo to do what he did that day, but that small trigger set off feelings in me that have been with me ever since. It was an exhilarating and breath-taking experience and one that I will never forget.
From that day on, I had a love affair with the African Bush, its animals, sounds, smells, the early morning mist on a cold winter’s morning and the perfect summer evening sunsets.
At a very young age, I was addicted!
It wasn’t until a few decades after that first bush experience that I started another love-affair, this time with a small point and shoot camera. I wish that it had happened earlier, as the two seemed destined to go hand-in-hand.
Nothing excites me more than getting that perfect image, a moment frozen in time and telling a story to other people not fortunate enough to be there. I had started taking wildlife photography a little more seriously, and not long after that managed to get better equipment thanks to a few successful photographic jobs. With the better equipment came better photos, and once again, I was addicted.
In 2007, I met what would become the most influential person in my life. A beautiful woman called Jackie, who would two years later become my wife. We had the same passions for wildlife and conservation and with that, big5photos.com was born.
Needless to say we have been on many exciting safaris and look forward to many more amazing trips with our family in the future. Teaching and passing on knowledge is something that I love! In 2008, I was approached by some friends who needed help with their cameras. The word quickly spread that I was the man to come to if you needed to learn how to use a camera.
8 years on and over 750 happy people, the teaching side of our business has really taken off.
One of my passions is to help people become better photographers. With our courses and safaris, I aim to do just that.
Michael Tucker – Owner