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

 
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Aug 12, 2015 15:54 |  #256

Holy Crap

Stop now. thats enough awesomeoness. Kind of ashamed to be south african, and never did more of this.

Really well done! the wide shots are special! anyone can take a telephoto shot with nice blurry backgrounds, but this is truly staggering.


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Aug 12, 2015 15:55 |  #257

I have nearly 1000 cheetah photos because this was such a target rich event. I won't bore you with more of those; however, I'm going to close the cheetah kill series with one last shot. This image is included as several have asked about the vehicles we use to shoot the tigers. Here you can see we are literally in a cage. The roof of the vehicle has also been removed so that you are in the same enclosed space as the guide/driver. Note that there are chains over the wheel wells. This is because the tigers have been known to bite the tires, causing punctures.


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Aug 12, 2015 15:56 |  #258

As we headed back to the tiger enclosure, I shot a few shots of the springbok that are in the cheetah enclosure. Naturally, I had to try a pan on at least one shot. ;-)a


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Aug 12, 2015 16:08 |  #259

It's now getting late afternoon and I'm hoping for a fantastic finish to my Tiger Canyons visit. What occurred was beyond my expectations ... but first a few shots before sundown. We shot a variety of cats. JV took us back to the white tiger with cubs in hopes we would get a family shot ... which of course we got. Yeah, this is not my best shots, but still a nice rememberance.


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Aug 12, 2015 17:36 |  #260

Wow, you are brave... I don't even get that close to a domestic dog eating. LOL


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Aug 13, 2015 04:33 as a reply to  @ buddy4344's post |  #261

Having lived in Sunny South Africa for over 70 years now, I can fully understand what Nazmo of Cape Town is thinking......I'm from East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and have missed many golden opportunities to have close encounters with our wild animal and bird life.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful images (and wonderful story) with us.
Your unbiased views are also appreciated.
Be good!
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Aug 13, 2015 05:47 |  #262

As evening approached, we didn't really know what expect next from JV. He and his team worked us over a rocky ridge to an open field with a continuous downward slope. We were met there by a member of his staff and told that we would be using this additional vehicle to cast angled lighting onto our subjects. cool. It wasn't quite dark, but two tigers approached, so we started photographing.

Interestingly, normally when we do night shots, we use a spotlight. The challenge is always to not overexpose, adjust for color cast and hope the spotlight operator doesn't create a 'hot spot' on the animal, but rather a more diffuse lighting. JV's team used the vehcile headlights of the 3rd bakkie (pick-up) which had a different shade headlight (Xenon?). This allowed for images that didn't really need color adjustments.


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Aug 13, 2015 05:49 |  #263

As the light grew more dim, the shots felt better and better.

From our left a second tiger came running along our vehicle as we moved toward a water hole. By now you know my style .... I had to try a pan. Pretty good result for a moving vehicle.


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Aug 13, 2015 05:50 |  #264

By now, the sun was set and the sky had become magical. An amazing sunset to witness.


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Aug 13, 2015 06:00 |  #265

All stories come to and end and so do all safaris. With the sun now down, but color in the sky, JV positioned us near a water hole for our final shots of the evening. I can only hope that if you go on safari, you can end yout trip with quality images and the special feeling we had that evening. As we snapped the last shots, JV put music into the CD player. A strange mix tunes that included of Tracy Chapman and Jimmy Buffett's "My African Friend". It seemed to fit ... but we were shooting tigers in Africa .... but it fit that night.

Following our last shots, we joined JV and Tidi Modise (our 2nd guide/driver on the safari) joined us for a delicious dinner and we had one last chance to hear the thoughts of JV on the future of tigers. JV may not be the answer, but at least he is a voice for change. In the words of JV, "Tread Lightly on the Earth".

I've enjoyed presenting my 5 lodges and 3 reserves. The exchange of thoughts with all participants has been appreciated. Thanks for your kind comments.


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Aug 13, 2015 06:22 |  #266

Thanks again for this amazing thread. The photo of the tiger drinking at the waterhole is a gorgeous end of this story.




  
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Aug 13, 2015 06:40 |  #267

In one word WOW! There were a few of your photos that to me looked like a beautiful oil painting.
If you can't get to Africa this was the next best thing. Thank You.




  
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Aug 13, 2015 07:26 |  #268

Over the past two weeks we have had the privilege of viewing some of the best wildlife photography on the internet, together with a fantastic story, which almost made you feel and wish you were there with Buddy, for that I offer my personal thanks.

If, like me you must have thought, who is this guy and what does he look like? Well for anyone interested, the link below will help to satisfy your curiosity.


Buddy, if you have any objections to the link, please PM me and I will delete this post...:-)


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Aug 13, 2015 08:46 |  #269

So that's it @Buddy? I'm sad to see this end.

Hopefully we can look for another story on your next trip.

As for Tigers in Africa, sadly, I am not a fan. But nevertheless the images are amazing and I guess we'll see where JV goes with this.

Once again, thanks so much for sharing your amazing trip and the beautiful and some unusual images you presented!




  
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Aug 13, 2015 09:27 |  #270

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and wonderful stories to go with it. I enjoyed it very much. Hope you can do a series like this again sometime. Thanks Buddy.




  
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