Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Anette Mossbacher • Fine Art Photography

Anette Mossbacher

Having a deep interest in the natural world, I have dedicated my life’s work to be a photographer. Indeed, I am a wildlife, landscape, and nature photographer. Wildlife and landscapes inspire and excite me. As such, I have had great opportunities to travel to almost every continent on the planet. That gives me the burning passion for capturing unique moments in nature.

Challenges for me are a source of motivation. My background in sports has played a significant role in giving me the drive to do what I do. Undoubtedly, it has given me the ability to keep a positive mindset and stay focused while out in the field.

Getting that one unique photograph takes effort and time. To fully understand the challenges that await a wildlife photographer, you have to be out in nature. You have to know the freezing Arctic or the burning desert. My experiences have taught me the importance of dedication and commitment – also hard work, and most of all – patience. You must become one with nature and wait for the perfect moment. Be still, be quiet, and Mother Earth will reward your patience.

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Acacia Tree Stands In Front Of A Red Dune


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This desert landscape photograph fine art print shows the scenery of an Acacia tree standing in front of a massive red dune in a sandstorm. In the distance behind, grow a few trees and shrubs in front of the impressive red dune. Wind from the sea blowing inland has built up speed, which blows the loose desert sand over the scenery. It looks as the passing cloud of dust swallows the trees, bushes, and dune. Of course, there was sunshine all day in the desert. The heat waves emitted by the earth and vegetation are visible through the shimmer in the air. Nevertheless, it also can rain in the Namibian desert. If that happens, the sand’s iron oxide layer will create the most amazing effect of wave patterns on dunes.

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Excited Photographers Love This Amazing Natural Paradise


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On the Road Again: Anette Travels to Namibia, Africa in March 2019

Photograph of tourists climb a red sand dune in Sossusvlei in Namibia. Blue sky above this huge sand dune • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

“Namibia is the hidden jewel of Africa. This is why I visit often, and I also lead photo adventure tours here as well. It is still pristine territory – an experience that no one will ever forget!” – Anette

Have you heard of Namibia?
This beautiful country lies in the southern one-third of the African continent. It is to the northwest of South Africa, where I currently call home, and to the west of Botswana.

I have traveled here many times due to its extensive natural resources and wildlife.

Here you will find amazing landscapes including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, and the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes to name a few.

The wildlife here is diverse and plentiful. For the photographer, it is significant to realize that Namibia holds a significant cheetah population. It is really something to experience a cheetah in full stride while on the hunt. There are also plenty of other game including rhino, giraffes, lions, zebras, and elephants to name a few.

Namibia is an ever-evolving story, which is why I return often to photograph.

After every trip, I plunge through my images, and inevitably, I believe that I can find better light, or a better angle, or a more dramatic moment.

In truth, I really just want to go back and take more pictures!

I will be spending eight days in the Etosha National Park, where I hope to photograph several new species.

African Desert elephant bull walking towards the wildlife photographer Anette in the dry Hoanib river bed in Namibia, Africa

I will also spend time in Hoanib River Bed. Here, among other animals, I will search for the allusive Desert Elephant and Desert Lion. They are extremely difficult to spot in the harsh landscape.

I love to drive up through the riverbed. To both sides, left and right, mountains jut dramatically up into the sky. Dust is everywhere. In all of my trips this spot, I have never witnessed any water in the riverbed.

If you dream of Africa, this is the place. Off road for sure, it is desolate and remote. Wildlife here is not used to human interaction, and will occasionally become aggressive towards vehicles.

It is a good idea to travel with company here!

African elephant and rhinos drinking at a waterhole in the evening. Stars in the dark blue sky.
Elephant and rhinos seek water as the glow of dusk settles into a complete darkness. The landscape reverberates with the sounds of wild nocturnal animals waking up. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

Next, I will be off to Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a beautiful coastal city that is home to a number of tiny creatures that I wish to photograph: Namaqua Chameleon, Sidewinder snake, Shovel-snouted lizard, the Cartwheeling spider, and the Palmetto gecko.

Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. These creatures are elusive. Despite previous attempts, I have never captured a single frame of any of them.

I see this as a challenge, and I think this may be my lucky trip! Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?
Wildlife is always a primary interest in my personal travels, as well as my photography workshops, and my privately led photo adventure tours.

However, I am always keen to capture unique landscape photography as well.
The areas of exquisite landscape that I will be visiting on this trip include; Epupa Water Falls and Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park.
While in Swakopmond, I plan to photograph from the air. I will rent a small plane and capture a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Aerial photography is so much fun. If you’ve never tried it, you must join me on a tour, and I will teach you the ropes to these exciting images from above.

My last stop will be the Sossusvlei Landscape
My last stop on this trip will be the Sossusvlei landscape. This landscape is stunning! The area is surrounded by blood red sand dunes. Many of the black dead Acacia trees, which dot the Clay & Salt Pan (sometimes referred to as “Camel Thorn Trees”), are over 900 years old.

I sometimes refer to this area as “Dead Shot” – meaning it has been over-photographed.

However, this is the thing about Africa. Nothing stays the same. Every day can offer a new composition never before seen.

So… Off, I go!

See you next time – when I am “On the Road Again”.

Ciao Anette

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When bad weather is good

Autumn in the Uncompahgres
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PpBL-0003Evening light fades with a few clouds, doesn't seem too threatening so off to bed. Sometime in the night it starts with the wind rustling and sighing through the trees. Then there is a swishing and scampering across the camper roof as if an assemblage of mice were dancing, probably the wind scattering leaves. The gusts get stronger and other than the sound of wind the night becomes silent. First light comes late and seems subdued but we are in a high mountain valley surrounded by higher peaks, the sun always seems overdue. A look outside is at first a shock and then the giddy realization, snow! Just a few inches, 3 or 4 but enough to transform the fall beauty we came to photograph into something more magical. There is an adage that tells us that bad weather makes for good photography. Does it? As in all things it depends on what the subject is and what the photographer is trying to capture.

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Memories of Morley Colorado

St Aloysius Church
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By 1956 the mines were closed and Morley sat empty. For liability reasons CF&I decided that the buildings of Morley had to be demolished, some buildings were moved, others scrapped. When it was time for the church to come down, work began….and stopped. The men charged with the demolition couldn’t finish the job. Superstition? Or the memories of weddings, baptisims and funerals? No matter, the ghosts of Morley still have their church. This photograph is in infrared, our new hobby. To read more, visit our blog.
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Landscape Photography – Valley of Thunder

Landscape Photography | Epupa Falls | Africa
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Anette-Mossbacher-Profile-Pic2African Landscape photography in the vastness of this big continent. Often thick untamed African bush which opens up in a big Savannah or in a dry arid desert. Namibia’s landscape, countless scenes open up for landscape photography. Mountains of all kinds, sand dunes in red or yellow color, dry river beds surrounded by mountains and when lucky you stumble over an African elephant herd living in the desert. In the south you will find the second largest “deep hole” in the ground on earth, the Fish River Canyon. A little Eldorado for landscape photography and photographers of all kinds. Along the Skeleton coast the shipwrecks are well worth to visit. This time I ended up not in the deep hole in the south, nop, I went all the way to the northern border to the Epupa falls. I had landscape photography in my mind, motion blur of the water and clouds, Lee filters nestled nicely in the camera bag for Africa. Big Stopper and Little Stopper did the job for this long exposure landscape photography trip very well.

Already a few km’s before the Epupa falls, Baobab tress grew all over the landscape. You drive through a little valley on both sides growing Baobab trees small and big, fascinating area and for sure as well a great spot for Baobab trees or landscape photography. Sadly there was not to much time to stop nor the right time to take landscape photographs of this great looking area. Well, next time I will built in a stop on my trip just for this great Baobab tree landscape opportunity. If you want to get more info on Namibia’s landscape check out this blog from Namibia Tourism, I highly can recommend it to find spots and more places in Namibia for wildlife and landscape photography.

2 days at Epupa falls. One scouting day to find good spots, mark them with leaving rock piles, to find the goodies spots in the dark early morning. Stumbling out of our campsite, yawn, at a round 5:15am, climbing up the hills to get to my left overs, the rock piles. From one pile to the other always taking a few long exposure photos. It takes time to get the composition done in the camera. Shall I use the wide angle lens or 70-200mm? Tja, well hey yep yeah and what do I use, of course my fav lens for landscape photography, the 70-200mm. All set, yes, now the fiddling with the filter thingies, ring was in place on lens already! Oh man, filter holder in front of lens, filter grabbing, watch out, don’t touch the glass, don’t you dare to drop it, sliding the Big Stopper into the holder, yeah all set. Nop, not quite! WHAT!! The dust, oh Namibia, you and your dust. Cleaning fast the stopper with the blower. Remote release set to what, 4min, are you nuts? Hmmm, not quite, I want sooooft water, even that the thunder of the water was so loud. Soft it has to be. For the Valley of Thunder long exposure photograph I had set the remote to 134 seconds exposure with f/22 at ISO50.
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Silent Roar Epupa Waterfalls Fine Art

Epupa Falls Black White | African Fine Art Landscape
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Anette-Mossbacher-Profile-PicThe gorgeous Epupa waterfalls in Namibia right at the border to Angola. Breathtaking waterfalls, when enough water is flowing down the Kunene river. This is not always given during the year. Only in the rainy season you might be lucky that the falls are filled with so much water like in the black and white or color image below. The falls are about 1.5km long and the river itself about 400-500m wide. The drive to the Epupa falls is quite a long drive. After Opuwo, the last few hundreds kilometers on gravel road are madness, in my opinion. Not the gravel road, it was the drifts in the road. There were so many drifts in the road, it was a driving like slow down and speed up again and slow down again for the next drift. The drifts were sometimes just a few hundred meters apart sometimes a few kilometers, but a sort of annoying! We arrived at our campsite at the falls at sunset. There was not much time left for me to look a bit around. Where are the best places for next morning for my landscape photography and black and white fine art. When I was still at home planing the trip, I had already in my mind what images I wanted to take of this falls. Epupa waterfalls fine art, taken as long exposure, in black and white and of course in color was high on my list. Before I left home I contacted all my friends in southern Africa. I badly wanted to know if there is enough water in the river. Everybody told me, yes there is enough water in the river for your photography! Well, what is enough? I think for the "Silent Roar" waterfall fine art image the water was enough!

Since we decided to spend 2 nights at the falls, I had following day enough time to walk around to find some good spots to take images in the evening and early morning. But a little thing was missing, where can I cross the river to get on some islands in the middle or better places without getting eaten by crocodiles living in the river? This was a little bit tricky to find that out, also asking locals did not help much, so we hired a guide. So glad that we hired a guide. He not only showed me places I did not find in the morning he had a great knowledge about the falls and animals living in this area. On top he showed me all places I was able to cross the river to end up on little islands for my long exposure images I had in mind. It was for sure a great hike, took 3 hours, but was very worth to do so. You get in places, which you thought, bummer never can get there, but we did. Next point I wanted to know. What kind of predators are living here in the bush?
In Namibia the wildlife roams mostly free in the country! OH, and this was a so much "leopard country", as we love to say. African predators I just could not have around when I start early morning at darkness to walk/hike to my picks of good places to take photos. This ended up that I asked the guide lost of questions, especially do you have leopards or any other predators around here! The answer was no, oh well, I just pushed this "no" deep in my head and believed it. Next morning early wake up around 4:45am grabbing all gear, camera tripod and not to forget the LEE Big Stopper and all other filters I may needed. Following the river along the mountains high up with a torch and headlight is quite fine, enough light of me. I go to my very first spot, the one I took this black and white image above from. The sun came up the usual pace, very fast, not like it was in the Arctic where it took hours! tripod up, got the camera and everything ready. Checked the settings of the camera for the Big Stopper, all set, I pushed the button. Meanwhile a little "big" bug managed to climb up slowy one of my tripod legs. This bug was at least 8cm long and very ugly. I was just hoping that it is little enough not to cause any vibrations 🙂

Camera settings time for this image was 148 seconds, f/22 ISO 50 with the 70-200 f/28 L IS II attached to my Canon MKIV set to 70mm. The image processing was done first in Lightroom. All needed to sit before I pulled it into Photoshop. In Photoshop I finished first the color version, see below. When this was done I made a black and white image. Not all my images are suitable for black and white. Like the Oryx Gemsbok wildlife fine art image, I did quite a bit different.

Hope you enjoy the images as much I did when taking them in the wild of the Namibian natural world. If you have any questions please feel free to comment as well to share this post.
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African Oryx in Color Fine Art

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Anette-Mossbacher-Profile-Pic1African Wildlife you meet nearly on every corner while driving in Africa. In Namibia quite many African Oryx (Oryx gazella) have crossed my path on my route. The Oryx gazella is the largest antelope species in Africa. There are four species. The Arabian Peninsula Oryx, the other three Oryx are native to the arid parts of Africa. Their horns are remarkable very long and nearly straight. They do have black markings in their face, belly and legs. Usually they live in herds and prefer desert conditions, like savannah, grassland or dunes. They can go without water for a very long time.
On my journey through Namibia I have seen Oryx in various locations. On rocky deserts, in the red sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft Park or like in this image, just beside the gravel roads in grassland in front of dunes. It was a very hot day, the air was boiling, most wildlife I have seen beside the road was in the shade of trees or big boulders scattered in the vastness of the Namibian landscape. When I have seen a few Oryx on the road I just turned off the engine of my jeep and was rolling slowly towards the animals. Well, they have been standing on the road! They slowly moved into the grassland with always keeping an eye on my jeep. When my jeep stopped rolling I was taking my camera out of the bag to take some images of the Oryx. They have been very skittish always looking and sometimes running. This single Oryx was very curious about my jeep and me. Looking back straight into my camera.
The image is available as a print on various materials. Like canvas or printed on aluminum as well on photo paper. You wish to have personal contact, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. The prints of my images are also available to order on my website.
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African Oryx Image in Color Fine Art

Oryx Antelope Fine Art | African Wildlife & Nature Images |
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Anette-Mossbacher-Profile-PicAfrican Wildlife you meet nearly on every corner while driving in Africa. In Namibia quite many African Oryx (Oryx gazella) have crossed my path on my route. The Oryx gazella is the largest antelope species in Africa. There are four species. The Arabian Peninsula Oryx, the other three Oryx are native to the arid parts of Africa. Their horns are remarkable very long and nearly straight. They do have black markings in their face, belly and legs. Usually they live in herds and prefer desert conditions, like savannah, grassland or dunes. They can go without water for a very long time.
On my journey through Namibia I have seen Oryx in various locations. On rocky deserts, in the red sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft Park or like in this image, just beside the gravel roads in grassland in front of dunes. It was a very hot day, the air was boiling, most wildlife I have seen beside the road was in the shade of trees or big boulders scattered in the vastness of the Namibian landscape. When I have seen a few Oryx on the road I just turned off the engine of my jeep and was rolling slowly towards the animals. Well, they have been standing on the road! They slowly moved into the grassland with always keeping an eye on my jeep. When my jeep stopped rolling I was taking my camera out of the bag to take some images of the Oryx. They have been very skittish always looking and sometimes running. This single Oryx was very curious about my jeep and me. Looking back straight into my camera.
The image is available as a print on various materials. Like canvas or printed on aluminum as well on photo paper. You wish to have personal contact, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. The prints of my images are also available to order on my website.
Anette Mossbacher
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Anette Mossbacher – Nature & Wildlife Photographer

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Anette Mossbacher

Profile-pic-150x150 Meet Anette, the Professional Nature & Wildlife Photographer!
Nothing stops her passion for shooting photographs.
... not the rough, furrowed horn of a rhinoceros protruding from the Africa veldt's high grass.
... not the young cheetah's black eyes.
... not even the icy desert landscape, extending up to the horizon.

Anette Mossbacher

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