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Apr 01, 2013 21:31 |  #1

I had no luck of finding a thread like this..
I have the idea of African Safari photos to be posted here. I would love to see some!

I haven't been yet but one day, until then post your shots :D


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Apr 04, 2013 08:05 |  #2

I think people just tend to post some as and when they have finished processing them when they come back off a trip. I know people tend to have thousands of photos and post up quite a few of them in their own threads. I only tend to have a few that I am really happy with, I think these have been posted before, but I will add my favourites here.

Chobe, Botswana, Christmas 2004, EOS 300V, 75-300 USM Mk III, ISO 400 Fuji film.

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Mokolodi, Botswana, Christmas 2004, EOS 300v, 75-300 USM Mk III, ISO 400 Fuji film.
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Moremi, Botswana, September 2007, EOS 300v, 75-300 USM Mk III, ISO 400 Fuji film.
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Mokolodi, Botswana, August 2010, 40D, 70-200 f2.8, ISO 400, f4, 1/2000
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Mkgadikgadi, Botswana, August 2010, 40D, 70-200 + 1.4x, ISO 400, f8, 1/500
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Apr 04, 2013 08:18 |  #3

Here are a couple more:

Chobe, Botswana, August 2010, 40D, 70-200 + 1.4x, ISO 400, f4, 1/3200

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Chobe, Botswana, August 2010, 40D, 70-200 + 1.4x, ISO 400, f6.3, 1/640
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Chobe, Botswana, August 2010, 40D, 70-200, ISO 400, f4.5, 1/1000
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Nr Francistown, Botswana, August 2011, 40D, 70-200 + 1.4x, ISO 400, f5.6, 1/1000
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Nr Gaborone, Botswana, August 2011, 40D, 70-200 + 1.4x, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/800
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Like I said, I only have a handful I like - these are the only 10 I am reasonably happy with from 4 trips over to Botswana.

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Apr 04, 2013 14:17 |  #4

Great shots I am sitting at JFK as I type on my way to Tanzania for a photography safari .I will add some when Iget back




  
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Apr 04, 2013 15:42 |  #5

Marcy wrote in post #15790752 (external link)
Great shots I am sitting at JFK as I type on my way to Tanzania for a photography safari .I will add some when Iget back

You'll love it there! I was there 4 years ago and still have GREAT memories!




  
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Apr 04, 2013 18:54 |  #6

Thanks for the photos...some nice ones!!!

Leaving June 1 for Botswana/Zambia/Zimbab​we...

I am so hoping to see a Leopard this time around. Never saw one in Kenya.




  
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Apr 04, 2013 20:30 |  #7

Great shots! I envy you!
Really hope to make a trip to one of those places with a big lens like the 500 f/4..


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Apr 07, 2013 19:31 |  #8

1. I outlasted MOM!

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2. The leopard
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3. Up close and personal
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4. Lilac Breasted Roller
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5. Quite possibly - my favourite of the trip
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Apr 07, 2013 20:18 |  #9

Beautiful shots in this thread already, and that Serengeti Sunset is just AMAZING!

Here's a few from 2006;
Little Bee Eater, Okavango river Namibia

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Carmine Bee Eater Chobi Botswana
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The road to Etosha, Namibia
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YinYang Zebra Etosha Namibia;
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Watering Hole Etosha Namibia;
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For he is Thy Brother, Moremi Botswana;
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Pride's Hunter, Etosha Nambia;
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Apr 07, 2013 20:25 |  #10

That sunset is just breathtaking! Well done.




  
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Apr 07, 2013 23:41 |  #11

The sunset was shot with a 100-400 :) I just hollered "STOP!" to our guide... and started shooting. Had to ramp up to 1/2000 to get the look I wanted. Sunsets don't last very long... that's for sure!

CDS - that Carmine Bee-Eater shot is off the hook! Love the zebras too. Haven't processed my zebra shots yet. (4 years.. yeah - I know!)




  
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Apr 08, 2013 08:52 |  #12

On task no doubt. Very nice capture...

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Apr 08, 2013 15:17 |  #13

I agree that sunset shot is stellar!!
Jake, those are just great! The wildlife there is breathtaking!


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Apr 08, 2013 16:04 |  #14

Dragon Speed that sunset is phenomenal. The sunsets and sunrises in Africa are just something else IMO!

CyberDaneSystems, those bee eater shots are great. I have got a shot of a swallow tailed bee eater and a fork tailed drongo taken at the same time as the LBR above, but they are both pretty large crops and were taken more for ID purposes. All three of these birds were sat on the cables (think they are phone cables, rather than power), so not particularly nice perches!

I have to say I like all these shots posted, they just make me itch to go back! Unfortunately (!), we have recently had our first baby, and will hopefully have had a second by the time we go back to visit family in Botswana later next year, so my safari trips will be on the back burner for the next 5 or 6 years. But on the plus side, by then, I will hopefully have saved up enough to buy a Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS (or updated equivalent) which is my ideal Botswana safari lens. Whilst I would love a 500L for the birds, I just can't justify the cost as an amateur who only really uses it a few days per year.

My only gripe with Botswana (and I assume other African countries) is that the nice soft early morning / late afternoon light is so brief. The last trip I took over there, I barely took any shots between 8am and 3:30pm.

Here are some more bird shots from my village, these were all taken around 7:30am:

Red billed buffalo weaver

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White browed sparrow weaver
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Cape glossy starling:
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The night sky from my yard in our village in Botswana:
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Dawn on the edge of Sua Pan, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (FL: 10mm on a 40D):
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Apr 08, 2013 16:08 |  #15

DragonSpeed wrote in post #15802257 (external link)
The sunset was shot with a 100-400 :) I just hollered "STOP!" to our guide... and started shooting. Had to ramp up to 1/2000 to get the look I wanted. Sunsets don't last very long... that's for sure!

CDS - that Carmine Bee-Eater shot is off the hook! Love the zebras too. Haven't processed my zebra shots yet. (4 years.. yeah - I know!)

Thank you kindly. I too still have shots I need to go through and "output" .

We hardly got a chance to see a sunset,. it was the dry season, in Etosha which was a dust bowl that time of year. Every morning and evening we'd be reminded just how much dust was in the air as the sun would get up close to the horizon, and then just disappear,. it never made it all the way down before the dust would take it away. Crazy.

One of the closest things to a Sunset shot I got a photo of was this, shot where the Little Bee Eater photo was taken, along the bank of the Okavango. The tree and Herons are in Angola on the other side of the river.

Also taken with the 100-400mm @400mm

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This one also on the Okavango, but much further down river at Ngepi camp in Botswana.
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