La Duree

I admit it I have a sweet tooth. Though anyone would when they try the macaroons from La Duree.

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Forgotten Something

The other day I went out for a walk with Louise and Max and while wandering around the countryside just outside our backdoor I was taking a few shots with my Fuji X-T1. I normally don’t preview my photos much these days in particular with the Fuji as it flashes the image briefly in the viewfinder just after the shutter is released, at least it appears to. Only once I took a photo of a horse that I wanted to check if it was in focus did I realise that I’d forgotten to put the SD card back into the camera. It seems the Fuji only warns you about no card when you turn it on. I never look at the screen when I turn it on.

Here’s a photo I took several weeks ago in the same area to make up for the mishap from the other day.

 

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Lion Cub Crossing

It’s always a joy when driving down a road in an African national park while trying to find wildlife to photograph to have it jump right out in front of you.

This pride had a total of 10 cubs they rather nonchalantly crossed the road in front of us one by one.

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Fishing Pigeon

Going fishing would be quite enjoyable at the moment. The daily grind has gotten to me over the last few weeks and somehow I’ve got stuck in a bit of a rut, I feel like I am on autopilot. That’s probably why I’ve been a bit slow with the posts as of late.

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Little Swedish Harbour

My host was down the other day when I wanted to post this photo, I posted it to Google+ and facebook like usual but couldn’t post it here so here it is.

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Rainy Night in Venice

Keeping raindrops off  the nikon 14-24 with it’s massive dome front is a little hard. On the other hand being over protective of my gear would probably mean I wouldn’t get photos like this. After all a few raindrops never hurt anyone right?

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Beach and Stars

 

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Giraffes at Night

A few days ago I posted a few tips on how to photograph wildlife at night. What I forgot to mention is that you will also need a good sturdy tripod. When using big lenses you need something as big to support them. I have one of the heaviest lenses Nikon makes, the 600mm F4 for that reason I also own a Really Right Stuff series 3 tripod and full gimbal head.

This shot was taken at Okaukuejo using the really right stuff tripod.

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Young Meerkats

Ever since I went to Botswana and sat down with a troupe of meerkats, I find them to be the most entertaining little animals around. They are completely oblivious to your existence, the ones that are habituated go on about their lives like we didn’t exist. They’re brilliant.

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Wings Up

Photographing birds in flight is not the easiest thing you can do. Photographing birds in flight with a 600mm from a car is nearly impossible. While in Tanzania a few years ago I ended up using a bit of an odd technique when it comes to the smaller insect catching birds in particular bee eaters. They like to sit on sticks, watch take off catch an insect and land back in the same spot. So what I would do is focus on the bird while it was sitting on it’s branch, switch the lens to manual focus and wait for it to fly away. My step dad happily helped me out by telling me when the bird was about to come back to land. At that point I would hold down the shutter and hope that I got a good shot.

I think this result speaks for itself.

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