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South Africa: 3 weeks and 3 days = 5 lodges and 5 reserves

 
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Jul 31, 2015 09:01 |  #106

@Buddy4344...fantastic​!

Question: are you using auto ISO or are you just super fast and accomplished?




  
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Jul 31, 2015 09:33 |  #107

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@Buddy4344...fantastic​!

Question: are you using auto ISO or are you just super fast and accomplished?

I 'preach' that folks should be able to adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture and focus grouping/focus point without moving one's eye from the viewfinder. For this shot, I manually adjusted the camera. That said, a trick I started using later during this trip for pans is to set shutter priority up at 1/15 to 1/20 sec range at an f-stop I like while using the auto ISO when panning.


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Aug 01, 2015 07:51 |  #108

The next day was a more typical safari morning, with lots of nice sightings of birds and general game. We did come across the leopard from that first night and he was hunting, which gave us a chance to shoot him from a few angles.


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Aug 01, 2015 07:53 |  #109

My friend, Joe, was in the other vehicle, which spotted (not a pun) the leopard first and saw it climb a tree to avoid a hyena. Here is one of his shots of the leopard coming down from the tree. I wish this was my shot as I like the unique angle.


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Aug 01, 2015 11:34 |  #110

Great thread. Really like the narrative and of course the photos.


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Aug 01, 2015 11:40 |  #111

buddy4344 wrote in post #17651258 (external link)
I 'preach' that folks should be able to adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture and focus grouping/focus point without moving one's eye from the viewfinder. For this shot, I manually adjusted the camera. That said, a trick I started using later during this trip for pans is to set shutter priority up at 1/15 to 1/20 sec range at an f-stop I like while using the auto ISO when panning.

Thanks for that.

Curious though about the situations we find ourselves in Africa, i.e. the action is coming fast and furious and panic sets in (at least it did for me). So messing with ISO when you know you want say f /8 and 1000+ shutter speed seems difficult -- maybe unnecessary. What is the downside in your opinion to using Auto ISO in those sorts of situations. Could also apply the same theory to shooting BIF or dogs who won't sit still while you're trying to adjust settings. I'm just wondering because it doesn't seem like a bad thing when you know the other settings you want or need. Thanks in advance for the advice.




  
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Aug 01, 2015 11:51 |  #112

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What is the downside in your opinion to using Auto ISO in those sorts of situations. Could also apply the same theory to shooting BIF or dogs who won't sit still while you're trying to adjust settings. I'm just wondering because it doesn't seem like a bad thing when you know the other settings you want or need. Thanks in advance for the advice.

The downside to auto ISO if you are shooting aperture priority or shutter priority as that you have two moving variables. For Aperture priority, it's both shutter speed and ISO. For Shutter priority, it's F-stop and ISO.

If you are shooting manual, it's the challenge for some is to also remember to use your exposure compensation. IF THE SKY IS A CONSTANT SETTING OF EITHER BRIGHT OR OVERCAST AND IF YOU ARE ONLY SHOOTING ANIMALS/BIRDS OF ONE SPECIES, I think Auto-ISO with manual is the way to go. For example, when I shot osprey in the spring, I zoomed in tight on the white of the breast of a sitting bird and figured my correct exposure compensation for the f-stop and minimum shutter speed I wanted. I then switched to manual with Auto-ISO and this allowed me to not worry on BIF whether they were in the sky, against the light or below the horizon against dark trees. All was okay.

In Africa, the challenge is the constant switching from dark animals like buffalo and elephant to brighter animals like a cattle egret or a leopard with a spotlight on it. I say that as long as you are regularly checking histogram and screen for blinkies to get your exposure compensation correct, auto-ISO is not a bad choice. I'm sure others will differ, but that's my thinking.


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Aug 01, 2015 12:29 |  #113

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The downside to auto ISO if you are shooting aperture priority or shutter priority as that you have two moving variables. For Aperture priority, it's both shutter speed and ISO. For Shutter priority, it's F-stop and ISO.

If you are shooting manual, it's the challenge for some is to also remember to use your exposure compensation. IF THE SKY IS A CONSTANT SETTING OF EITHER BRIGHT OR OVERCAST AND IF YOU ARE ONLY SHOOTING ANIMALS/BIRDS OF ONE SPECIES, I think Auto-ISO with manual is the way to go. For example, when I shot osprey in the spring, I zoomed in tight on the white of the breast of a sitting bird and figured my correct exposure compensation for the f-stop and minimum shutter speed I wanted. I then switched to manual with Auto-ISO and this allowed me to not worry on BIF whether they were in the sky, against the light or below the horizon against dark trees. All was okay.

In Africa, the challenge is the constant switching from dark animals like buffalo and elephant to brighter animals like a cattle egret or a leopard with a spotlight on it. I say that as long as you are regularly checking histogram and screen for blinkies to get your exposure compensation correct, auto-ISO is not a bad choice. I'm sure others will differ, but that's my thinking.

Thanks much for the explanation. I guess I was assuming shooting in Manual with Auto ISO. Anyway your explanation is great and helps a lot. Now if I could only teach my dog to sit still for a half a second that could help too!




  
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Aug 02, 2015 08:57 |  #114

I don't want to give the impression that a safari is all lions and leopards. We have a lot of time to see other animals and also to shoot sunsets. After 4 nights at Kambaku, we did a mid-day transfer to Simbavati. I've always like Simbavati, which is in the far north reaches of Timbavati because I love the mopane leaves in winter as this area has more mopane forests. Elephants love mopane leaves, so I knew we would see more elephants in this area. This area has also been productive for lions/leopards for me and is an area I've frequently seen wild dog.

Here are a few shots that I think show that a great safari is more than big cats. First, the landscape at sunset. The sky is always amazing and every night we caught a great sunset while having drinks and snacks.


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Aug 02, 2015 08:59 |  #115

.... and then there are the more 'simple' game opportunities like giraffe.


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Aug 02, 2015 09:06 |  #116

These are simply beautiful, Buddy. And I just love that last Giraffe shot. One of many wall hangers for sure.


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Aug 02, 2015 09:13 |  #117

Africa brings all of my photo styles to play, from close-ups to landscape; however, for me, I really like capturing a 'sense of place' like this kudu wanding on a hillside. Of course, if I see some action, like this young ellie trying to show me who's the boss, I'm going to shoot that also.


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Aug 02, 2015 09:32 |  #118

Here's a few more examples of my 'sense of place' style. A Waterbuck with landscape and also a fish eagle that was soaring overhead. These may not be your common 'zoom in' Africa shots, but they take me there.


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Aug 02, 2015 10:04 |  #119

Zebra and Rhino also framed with some landscape. The late afternoon and early morning sun is very golden in the winter months in Africa.


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Aug 02, 2015 10:14 |  #120

Wow read all 8 pages here Bucky, thank you for the stories told here, I know how much time and effort goes into a photo project like this. its much appreciated by us photogs. and OUTSTANDING photography and compositions!

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