When I put together the African Big 5 Safaris video, there were a few things left on the cutting room floor. This little story, about a rhino encounter we had on Day Two, was one of them.
It happened right after our first cheetah sighting, on our way back to camp. The gates close promptly at 5:30pm, so we were hustling to make it back in time. When this herd of rhinos blocked our path, our guide, Marcel, started to fret.
The gate was closed when we eventually drove up (at exactly 5:39pm!) Fortunately, we weren’t the only late ones, and we slipped in with the rest of the cars in line. Even so, we were prepared with an excellent excuse: My photos’ timestamps proved that we had spent exactly nine minutes behind those rhinos!
The main reason I left this segment out of the original video was because the edit was already running long. There were other, technical, hard-to-edit-around problems with this video, too. Oksana and I were both shooting, but we’d framed essentially the same shots with our cameras. Our exposures were wildly different, with hers over-compensating for the deepening twilight. You’ll see when I have to jump-cut between them. It’s like night and day; pretty jarring.
No worries, though. Quality issues like that may have kept it out of the first Safari video’s final cut, but I’m much more lenient with our Postcard Valet “Extras!”
African Big 5 Safaris