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Fever tree

I am pretty sure the big tree in this photo is a fever tree. There are so many iconic trees in Africa. In my mind more than other continents, but that’s probably cause I’m a bit biased towards Africa, I’ve spent years travelling in Africa and visiting it’s wilderness, while I’ve only spent a few weeks in other countries and continents. The only solution is to travel more and visit more places…

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Running Scared

It’s what zebra do when they are at water, the slightest disturbance and they all perform a mass retreat from the waters edge, it’s entertaining to watch, if one twitches even in the slightest they all just run for it.

This is one of the less visited places in Botswana the Makgadikgadi Pans national park. There is always wildlife on the western edge of the park near the boteti river. In the center of the park there are huge herds of zebra that form part of a migration, we visited in April and they were around. This photo was taken on the boteti river.

 

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What you looking at

I’ve been chased in cars by buffalo a couple of times,  on one occasion they were rather relentless and chased us for a good 5 minutes down the road, they have to be the grumpiest beasts in Africa.

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Crossing the River

I finally had a day to myself yesterday, Louise took Max to the in laws for the whole day, so I spent a big part of it going through my Lightroom library. I realised how many photos that are in there that I haven’t shared, there are thousands of them.

I remember taking this photo nearly 4 years ago now, it was in the morning as we were getting ready to go out for a game drive from the Ihaha campsite along the chobe river, the public campsites are just flat areas under a tree in Botswana, they’re not fenced in or anything. Definitely not a place for first time safari goers on their own, that’s why I always tell everyone to go to Namibia or South Africa first.

The reason I remember this photo so well is that we were standing there and suddenly this group of elephant came out of the river, we scrambled to the back of the cars to get our tripods and cameras. There wasn’t much light, if you look at the exif data of this photo, you’ll see it was taken at 1/40 of a second, ISO 800 at F4.

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Sharp up Close

Most non photographers and even some photographers believe that the big massive lenses are for taking photos of things far away, in reality you still want to get as close as possible to your subject, the big lenses allow you to frame tighter on a subject and eliminate the clutter. Take the Nikon 200-400, it’s probably one of the best wildlife lenses out there, it has one weakness, if you use it to photograph anything that is a distance away it loses sharpness quickly. If you want to get an animal in the environment type shot then get in close and use a wider lens, big telephoto lenses don’t mean you can sit at the back and shoot from a distance. Somehow what people do do, is allow me to push to the front of the row of the cars, at least in busy parks like Etosha and Kruger. I guess all the tourists think I must be a pro and am paying more money so I am somehow entitled to be in a better position, that is not true. I prefer to think that they are being courteous and allowing someone who is so keen on photographing wildlife a front row seat, either way I thank all you wonderful people for letting me go first.

I was probably about 3 or 4 metres away from this croc when I took this photo, this photo is proof how sharp an image is when you get up close with a big lens, this one was taken with the 200-400.

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3 Zebras

It’s been well over a year now since i’ve used my big heavy telephoto lenses and I’m really not sure when the next chance will be. I only ever get them out when I go to Africa, perhaps I should take up local bird photography.

There must be something about having things in 3s, it just seems to work.

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Arosa Winter

We returned from NZ a few weeks ago now, most of that time it’s been pretty foggy and a slow start to trying to figure out the next step in life. Finding a new job or doing something completely different…

Winter is in full tilt here, and there’s snow all around. We should be heading up to the mountains but haven’t found the time to do it yet. It’s been pretty clear above the fog.

I took this photo last winter up in Arosa, we go up there regularly as my cousins allow us to stay in their chalet in the middle of this photo.

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Ngorongoro Kites

Ngorongoro is still one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. It’s full of wildlife everywhere you look and it’s very used to humans. I wonder if the whole if Africa used to have wildlife like this.

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Arosa Black and White

I was up in Arosa with the family last week and I kept on borrowing my old mans D7000, I was being a bit lazy and couldn’t be bothered carrying my own camera. It was weird going back to a crop sensor on the SLRs, I noticed how unwide 18mm is on one of them.

 

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Modifying photos

I was giving my step dad a lesson with Lightroom the other day and I was showing him what is possible. He then started saying what I was doing is cheating, I said all I’m doing is adjusting shadows, tones and vibrance a little, I don’t misrepresent the scene by adding or removing a part of the photo to make it look completely different. I showed him how it would be easily possible by removing a lamp post with Photoshops content aware fill. I then closed photoshop and didn’t save the photo. While I am fairly liberal in my adjustments in tonal changes. I still don’t like adding or removing something to/from a photo to make the scene look completely different.

For example in this photo I used the radial filter to blur the majority of the photo except the tree.

 

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