It took me four years between first coming up with the idea and finally clicking with camera. First I had to find a suitable baobab tree. This tree, like the acacia, really represent Africa. Then, I had to be in the bush, far from any parasite light, on a moonless night. Finally, I had to be with a guide nice enough to take me alone, at night, to that baobab.
I set my Nikon D700 on a tripod, I used my 18mm lens, a cable release and a 30 minutes exposure at 200 ISO. To add a bit of colour, I "painted" the baobab with a spotlight for about 45 seconds.
I have to thank McLoud and Angel, the two wonderful guides at Mvuu Camp for making that picture possible.
Location: Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Photographer: Arnaud Germain