My whole photographic life is regulated by a photographic image rating system. While I download original photographs from the memory card I immediately start to rate the previous session’s images.The rated images are transferred to a “To Edit” folder. Images in the “To Edit “ folder that are edited will end up in a “Edited” folder and might see the light of day as a Facebook or Blog post, maybe a magazine article or even a book every now and then.

I only archive edited image and will never send an image into the “virtual” or printed world in any format that I did not throw the kitchen zink at in terms of editing.

So when I had to revisit an Etosha/ Namibia “To Edit” folder of a few year ago I took a long hard look at photographs that were never edited and asked myself why not ? Were they rated to low to start with and will I now rerate that image higher or for that matter lower ?

Some of the images were rated low and then there were other that were rated higher by never used. Some were part of a sequence and the potential most likely the perceived better ones were used. Then again there were many sequences where no worthwhile images were edited? Why not? Although I am a conservative photographer when it come to pressing the shutter release I think the simple answer to this is that we just shoot way to many images, never have time to edit all of the use full one and that those photographs if not deleted will never be used. So what to do about those images. 

I decided to make a conscious effort to dip into those “never to be touched again” folders every now and then and pull out some photographs, some low and high rated ones, some that tell a story and even ones that I kept for emotional reasons and share them with you in Blog posts. What is your solution to this problem – that is if you have such a problem at all -:)

Territorial Dominance – The biggest Black-backed Jackal territorial male that I have ever seen make sure that a lesser male that flirted with some females gets the message.

Nikon D4 with Nikon 600mm F4.0 VR + 1.7 X Converter/F6.7@ 1/8000sec/ ISO 800/ EV -1.3

Unusual Confrontation – A Zebra stallion broke up a territorial fight between Warthogs and here the one Warthog turns his aggression on the stallion. Now how do you script that!

Nikon D4 with 600mm F4.0 VR + 1.4 X Converter/F8.0 @ 1/4000sec/ISO 400/EV -1.3

Eland Bulls – Just not enough action for a serious rating but how many photographs do you have of big Eland Bulls that are not running away, against a clean background giving each other the nod.

Nikon D800 with Nikon 600mm F4.0 VR + 1.4 X Converter/ F8 @ 1/5000sec/ISO 500/EV -1.7

Tawny Disaster – What an amazing story! I watched a Tawny Eagle pair introducing their chick to the art of hunting Helmeted Guinea Fowl. The moment the Tawny Eagles took to the sky the Guinea Fowl ran for the cover of some thorn bushes.The moment the Tawny Eagles landed next to the Guinea Fowl the latter ran circles around then. What a comical sight ? After a fruitless 2 hours of effort the eagles gave up! Helmeted Guinea Fowl 6 Tawny Eagles 0

Nikon D4 with 600mm F4.0 VR +1.4 X Converter/ F 8@ 1/8000sec/F8.0 @ 1/8000sec/ ISO 800 / EV- 1.7

Gabar Goshawk with prey – Just after sunrise Red-billed Quelea will visit Etosha waterholes in their thousands to drink. Before they arrive small birds of prey like Gabar Goshawks will place themselves with the rising sun and wait. Although the Goshawks attack with lightning speed they sometimes need a few strikes to nail their daily meal.

D800 with Nikon 400mm F2.8 VR + 2.0 X Converter/ F5.6 @1/8000sec/ ISO 500 / EV-1.3

Take that brother – A playful young lioness smacks her brother – because she can!

Nikon D4 with 400mm F2.8 VR/ F 8@ 1/2000sec/ISO 1600/ EV-1.3

Honey Badger Exposed – I worked very hard to photograph this Honey Badger working his way at the edge of Fisher Pan. Patience paid of and I eventually got a clean well lit shot. So more emotion than photographic substance but a great time with a very special animal.

Nikon D800 with Nikon 400 mm F2.8 VR with 1.4 X Converter/ F5.6 @1/4000sec/ ISO 250 / EV -1.3