2018.10.27 Ons tweeHenri Loubser

Henri studied Chemical Engineering at Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, South Africa and worked for Sasol, the largest of South Africa's petro-chemical companies for 34 years.  He retired at the end of 2015.

Photography has been a hobby ever since he could afford his first Nikon FE2, but it became a serious hobby with the worldwide change to digital photography. Henri's passion for nature and all places far, hot and dusty has him taking a few bush safaris every year, which provides good opportunity for wildlife & nature photography.

Henri uses a Nikon D4s camera with a Nikon 600mm F4 lens for bird photography together with a D4 and shorter lenses for wildlife photography in general.

Melanie Loubser

Melanie met Henri at the University of Stellenbosch where they studied together. As she has always shared her husband's passion for the veld, it became increasingly difficult to fit bush safaris into two demanding careers.

In 2004 Melanie decided to make a lifestyle change and gave up her 22 year corporate career. She ran her own consulting business as a Pay & Benefits Consultant from her home office for 10 years until the end of 2014.  An earlier interest in web design and administration now keeps her busy when they are at home. 

Melanie's equipment is the same as Henri's. She recently bought the 80 - 400 mm Nikon lens and finds it extremely versatile 1) light to travel with and 2) to shoot with from a moving boat if you get quite close to wildlife or from a game viewer where space is not always a luxury. Images are pin sharp with no additional support such as a tripod or monopod.