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Safari Diary, MAASAI MARA – Sep 2015

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Photo Tour, Maasai Mara in Kenya

7 September 2015

The Safari Link flight from Nairobi arrived at 11:00 at Ol Kiombo airstrip in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. My guests were welcomed to the Mara with with the sight of wildebeest as far as the eye can see. Our plan to drive to camp from the airstrip changed into a photographic detour with my guests photographing a crossing even before they had checked into camp. After this very exciting start to the photo tour we arrived at camp at 2:30pm, checked in, had lunch, and then it was time to go out again. During our first official game drive we fought through a sea of wildebeest to find a cheetah mother and her four small cubs as well as a few mating pairs of lions. These got the shutters firing fiercely and was a great way to start our week in the Maasai Mara!

20150907_6214 | ,  in 1-1600 sec at f - 8,0, ISO 800   |   Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + EF100-400mm f-4.5-5.6L IS II USM   |   Aperture priority, 0 EV

 

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Safari Diary, MASHATU – 2015/07/16

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Photo Workshop, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana

16 July 2015

It’s become a familiar feeling with the sun peeping over the horizon while driving on the N1 North towards Mashatu for the start of a new Photo Workshop. Five days at the closest wilderness to Johannesburg with some of my favourite people can only mean lots of fun to look forward to. After transporting a record amount of luggage and camera gear to Mashatu Tent Camp we got our workshop off to a good start with an afternoon game drive. To warm up the shutter fingers we decided to spend some time at an hyena den, photographing in golden light, before sundowner drinks concluded a great first day in the bush!

20150716_2723 | ,  in 1-800 sec at f - 4,5, ISO 640   |   Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + EF600mm f-4L IS USM   |   Shutter priority, -2-3 EV

 

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Safari Diary, MASHATU – 2015/06/20

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Photo Workshop, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana

20 June 2015

Today was the start of an exciting new “video” workshop to Mashatu by legendary cinematographer, Abraham Joffe. I went along to help out with still photography side of things. We arrived at Main Camp just after lunch and were quickly ready to go out on our afternoon drive. For most guests it was their first trip to Africa, so it was a great privilege for me to introduce them to our iconic animals while getting them up to speed with the photography. Our fist drive included elephants, elephants, elephants and cheetah in golden light. Sundowner drinks with a great sunset concluded a perfect start to the safari.

20150620_8400 | ,  in 1-400 sec at f - 5,6, ISO 200   |   NIKON D4 + 500.0 mm f-4.0   |   Manual, -1-3 EV

 

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Safari Diary, S LUANGWA – 2015/06/14

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Photo Workshop, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia

14 June 2015

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve last visited South Luangwa. My three guests on this exclusive workshop and I were welcomed by our guide, Meyam, as we arrived at Mfuwe airport. I was excited to show three people over the next seven days why South Luangwa is one of my favourite destinations! We reached camp just before the afternoon game drive time, and although we had seen most of the animals, including lions and elephants on the way up, none of us wasted time getting ready for our first drive. An incredible start to the safari included elephants play-fighting, owlets in a spotlight and a leopard stalking impala. With all that excitement, we can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

20150614_7194 | ,  in 1-500 sec at f - 7,1, ISO 400   |   NIKON D810 + 500.0 mm f-4.0   |   Manual, -2-3 EV

 

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Safari Diary, MASHATU – 2015/04/25

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Photo Workshop, Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana

25 April 2015

The April rains in Mashatu carpeted the land in a stunning green with yellow and purple flowers and I’ve never seen the bush this beautiful. Temperatures are also down with warm days and cool nights. I met the guests at the border for the start of the first scheduled photo workshop for 2015. After checking everyone into the lodge we embarked on our first game drive where we were blessed with good sightings of jackals in golden light and a leopard just before sunset. We toasted to another stunning day in Africa! Let’s see what tomorrow will bring!

20150425_2735 | , Mashatu Game Reserve in 1-800 sec at f - 4,0, ISO 2500   |   Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + EF200-400mm f-4L IS USM lens   |   Shutter priority, 0 EV

 

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Safari Diary, SERENGETI – 2015/03/09

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Photo Tour, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

9 March 2015

Our journey stared in Arusha and we arrived at 10am at the Southern Serengeti airstrip. We got to camp early and had time to settle in before the afternoon game drive. We were lucky to start our trip with a young male leopard up a tree. He was a beautiful specimen and we decided to stay with him for the whole afternoon as the light got better and he delivered some stunning poses. This was a great way to get our eyes in for the photography that would follow for the rest of the week! On the way back to camp we came across a Francolin on a termite mound, perfect for photographing against the setting sun!

20150309_0001 | , Serengeti National Park in Tanzania,    |    +    |   ,_

 

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Safari Diary, ANTARCTICA – 2014/11/20

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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Photo Tour

19 November 2014

Our journey started in Ushuaia in Argentina – the southern most town in the world and the gateway to Antarctica. By this time Shem and I had been here a few days and that was a good thing considering that our luggage was lost on the way there and the few extra days was enough buffer to find it again in time for our trip. We were going to board the ship the next day, so in the afternoon we decided to hike up a mountain next to Ushuaia to take a few photos and getting our “shutter fingers” warmed up.

20141119_4079 | ant red, ant safari diary, ant unknown, Ushuaia in Argentina1-100 sec at f - 22, ISO 1600   |   NIKON D810 + 24.0-70.0 mm f-2.8   |   Manual, -1 EV

 

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Safari Diary, MAASAI MARA – Sep 2012

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Photo Tour, Maasai Mara in Kenya

1 September 2012

I was greeted by a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro on my way up to East Africa! What a nice way to say hello! Tomorrow we’ll explore a few places in and around Nairobi as our guests will be arriving throughout the day from all around the world!

20120901_4118 | N-A < HumanHand, Kenya in Kenya1-2000 sec at f - 2,8, ISO 80   |   iPhone 4 +    |   Normal,_

 

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