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

 
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Aug 11, 2015 12:51 |  #241

and a few more shots.


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Aug 11, 2015 13:41 |  #242

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JV's plan is clearly controversial. JV would argue that the land has been altered from the native habitat by farmers putting up fences. He noted that several 100,000 springbok used to migrate through this region. The fences and slaughter by man eliminated that great migration. He feels a large nature reserve could open up these migration paths once more. In addition, JV raises questions on whether tigers once did roam in parts of Africa. He points to regions in Asia where tigers, lions and leopards have been known to co-exist.

I have no opinion, I'm just reciting what I heard while there.

Please don't misinterpret what I'm saying as criticism of you and what you do. I just can't help but wonder about the unintended consequences.


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Aug 12, 2015 02:39 |  #243

Love the Tiger shots.
I was considering going to India for the Tigers but if I can do Tigers in Africa then its back to Africa :)

What were the vehicles like for the Tigers? Standard safari vehicle? Just curious after the story about the Tiger Corbett


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Aug 12, 2015 06:50 |  #244

That story about JV and the photos. Wow. I can sense your ethical dilemma. Africa ruined my taste for zoos and "safari parks" so how would I feel about one in Africa?


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Aug 12, 2015 07:20 |  #245

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Love the Tiger shots.
I was considering going to India for the Tigers but if I can do Tigers in Africa then its back to Africa :)

What were the vehicles like for the Tigers? Standard safari vehicle? Just curious after the story about the Tiger Corbett

Actually, I should have mentioned the vehicles. they are quite different. Essentially, they are huge cages on safari vehicles. While one could probably fit 4 plus driver in each vehicle, We had 2 plus driver in each of 2 vehicles. JV drove one and a guide drove the other and we worked the two vehicles together to get the best angles. I have a photo of the vehicles I will post when I get to my other computer.


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Aug 12, 2015 10:40 |  #246

During lunch, which was provided by JV and the staff, JV spent about an hour talking about the mission of Tiger Canyons, his life, his vision and his general opinions on conservation efforts around the world. This was very interesting stuff and JV has a take on this that few of us have considered since he is a lodge owner, a property owner, an experienced wildlife videographer and now has these cats. I will admit that several of us were thinking "we can have this talk after dark, let's go photo some cats". We really didn't need to worry as the afternoon provided many great photo ops.

Once we went back out, we shot several more tigers, but then JV took us to the property where he has cheetah, springbok and mixed nature wildlife. Before coming to Tiger Canyons I had read that he also had cheetah. I wanted to photo them, but didn't really understand how they fit in to his vision of wild tigers. I still really don't get it, but during the talk, he continued to speak of a vast reserve with all of the plains animals including lions and cheetah in co-habitation with tigers. I still don't get it .... but I'm a photographer and this was an amazing setting to shoot cheetah.

The cheetah habitat has two adult male cheetah, one adult female with 4 or 5 sub-adult cubs.

Here are a few shots to start off the afternoon at Tiger Canyons:


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Aug 12, 2015 10:44 |  #247

Once more, I will bring in the controversial. The enclosure had many prey animals; however, JV wanted to make sure we got great shots so he had a worker bring out a freshly harvested warthog that JV had purchased from a local farmer that shot the hog burrowing under his sheep fence line.

As soon as the carcass his the ground the cats were on the move .... and so were we. I got a shot or two of the female heading toward the kill and a shot of the young following .... and then our vehicle was off roading and on the move as we attempted to keep up with the cats. Naturally, I didn't see challenge in a fast shutter speed so I tried panning while bouncing along on a rocky terrain trying to catch the cheetah.


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Aug 12, 2015 10:45 |  #248

.... let the pans begin. Some of these work, some may make you dizzy.


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Aug 12, 2015 10:47 |  #249

Dizzy yet? If not this nex image will make you dizzy. Two of the cats nipped at each other as they ran to the kill, A third cat watches as it runs along beside the two.

As we approached the kill, the vehicle slowed and I got a shot more in focus.

NEXT CHAPTER: On the kill!


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Aug 12, 2015 10:57 |  #250

7 Cheetah in one frame! Wow! That's gotta be a record! :D


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Aug 12, 2015 11:00 |  #251

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7 Cheetah in one frame! Wow! That's gotta be a record! :D

One adult male, one adult female and 5 large cubs.


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Aug 12, 2015 15:40 |  #252

The warthog kill was an interesting situation. Having been on several lion kills with multiple animals, I expected this to be a loud and aggressive event. Arrival of all of the cats had it's aggression moments, but overall, this was a quiet family dinner.


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Aug 12, 2015 15:46 |  #253

In discussions with JV, we learned that the female and the cubs were quite wild; however, one of the males had been hand raised by humans and the other was very accepting of humans being in close proximity. JV allowed us to get out of the vehicle and shoot from ground level, which I always love. After the animals got accustomed to our presence, he allowed us even closer.

WARNING, THESE ARE ANIMALS ON A KILL SHOTS. THEY CONTAIN BLOOD COATED CAT FACES. I'm not a big fan of shooting kills. I love seeing the action, but prefer to focus on shooting a more classic timeless Africa whoing the harmony that often exists. That said, I saw this as a unique opportunity and shot many shots.


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Aug 12, 2015 15:50 |  #254

It was now clear that we were able to get too close to use my 100-400mm lens, so I decided to go wide. ... and since we could get sooooo close, I decided to go REAL WIDE. I shot these with a 14mm Rokinon lens (my 'night sky' lens) with manual focus on a 5D MkIII.

I was so close to this event that the big male's tale whacked me in the leg when he raised up to slap one of the young cats that was eating too close to him. I continued to push the limits under JV's supervision when the female turned and hissed at me (2nd image). At that point I realized it was time to back off a few feet. :lol:


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Aug 12, 2015 15:52 |  #255

The warthog was fairly small (maybe 30 to 40 pounds) so the cats finished it off within an hour. As the eating slowed, I was able to get a few better portraits (though with blood) and even some 'clean-up' of one of the cubs of mom's face.


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