the beauty of nature
Paul McDougall, Born in 1979 in the small town of Faringdon in Oxfordshire, has been interested in photography since an early age. He is largely self taught, and stands by the trial and error practice method. Paul’s real love of travel and wildlife photography began with an adventure to South Africa in 1998, at the age of 19. It had always been a dream to see Africa’s amazing wildlife, and this year long excursion was to begin his fascination and love for the land and cultures of Africa.
During this time he visited many of South Africa’s National Parks and reserves. However, it was Savuti in Botswana that showed him Africa’s wildlife at its best, spending many happy days with the animals and learning about the bush. This experience became an inspiration in how wildlife can be enjoyed on an intimate level with the animals.
It was here that Paul’s love of lions began, Right from the first sighting on a misty African morning in Savuti of two male lions called the golden boys. These kings of the wilderness revealed a very human nature in their prides and how they related to other wildlife in their habitat.
Paul has travelled to over 23 different countries in Africa. With Kenya becoming a second home. He has lived here for periods over the past 10 years.
In 2004 Paul achieved a bronze level in guiding (Kenyan Park Services Guiding Association.) During the three months it took to achieve this, Paul assisted in the formation of Wild Connection Safari’s, becoming a partner in the business. Since 2004 Paul has been returning to Kenya leading tours and photographic tours to the National Parks and Reserves, whilst also investing time and resources in to Wild Connection Safaris.
Paul’s photographic portfolio has expanded over these visits and a wide range of these images have been added to the gallery section on this site.
Paul has also travelled to India on several occasions to photograph the Tigers and other Indian Wildlife.
By the end of 2014 Paul will have added Gorillas in Uganda, Brown Bears in Finland and Polar Bears in Canada to his portfolio.
Paul is a Nikon User and his current equipment consists of various digital bodies (D3, D800, D700, D7100) and a selection of lenses (600mm, 80-400mm, 70-200mm, 50mm). The advancement of digital photography has changed the way most photographers approach wildlife photography and Paul is no different. It is now possible to capture more images quicker and with more detail.
Paul has been fortunate to spend time with some excellent photographers either on safari or socially. He lists Gerry Van der Walt, Billy Dodson, Aditya Singh and Chris Brunskill as 4 who have had a positive impact on his photography. All have offered advice and encouragement and have helped to shape Paul’s photographic style. Greg du Toit, Andy Rouse and Steve Bloom are also photographers that Paul admires as they all have a distinct approach to their photography and always seem to be one step ahead in the creativity of producing different images.
Paul is a passionate photographer with a love of wildlife. The 2 go hand in hand. He enjoys learning new things and new approaches and passing on that knowledge to other people. The constant challenge of wildlife photography, capturing unique scenes where wildlife, light and landscape come together for that one special frame or where unique and distinct behaviour is captured for that split second is what keeps him going back time and time again.
“Have a look through the site. Check out the gallery for examples of some of my work. Take a peek at the commercial section for information on buying prints and unique photo gifts. Leave a comment or contact me via the bush telegraph. Or if you love what you see and are interested in seeing more of Africa and joining me on a safari then check out the tour section.”