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Tanzania Photography Safari

Post 1 – Tanzania is a land of much excitement.  Animals move about in search of food and water – some for a few miles, while others are on the great migration.  Sometimes we waited for light, sometimes we waited for action.  Many times we witnessed how the animals behaved in a variety of situations, which gave us opportunities for some special photography.

Leopard © 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopard
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Leopards and rhinos, very difficult to find and this year we were lucky to get both at reasonable distances.  It did take some patience, waiting for this leopard to get up and walk out of the shade, and only for a few seconds.

Black rhinos © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Black rhinos
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

 

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost Wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah brothers stalk a lost wildebeest baby, and then together jump into a charge.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill.  The other will return to eat. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Only one of the cheetahs will make the kill. The other will return to eat.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah smothers to finish the kill.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah © 2015 Bob Harvey

Cheetah
© 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect. © 2015 Bob Harvey © 2015 Bob Harvey

A lilac breasted roller is quick to snap up this insect.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo and friend. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cape buffalo and friend.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Baby elephant © 2015 Bob Harvey

Baby elephant at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the water hole. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Zebra at the water hole.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Panning a zebra at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wildebeest running hard, panning at 1/30 second.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Our group had a lot of fun learning this technique. It does take some practice. You must pan with the animal as you shoot at a slow shutter speed.

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lions resting, or as much as they can with flies bothering them.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Join us in February 2017 for our next safari to Tanzania!

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Namibia Photography Safari

Post 2 – The Namib Desert, a closer look

The Namib Desert, which stretches along the coast of Angola, Namibia, and northern South Africa may be the oldest desert in the world – having endured drought conditions for 55-80 million years!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Its sand dunes, which rise up to 300 meters, are the highest in Africa and second highest in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The Namib Desert, because of its antiquity, may host more endemic species than any other desert in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

The beauty and expanse can best be appreciated from the air.  From our hot air balloon, the desert seemed to go on forever and many shapes, geologic features, and life forms came into play.  Photography was inspired by shapes and colors, but the magnificence of the place was breathtaking.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

At sunrise, the haze made detailed photography impossible, but the layers of haze backlit by the rising sun offered us moody and dramatic photography.  The balloon moves with the air, so you don’t have a sensation of movement. It is very stable. We used shutter speeds between 250 and 400 while flying, which enabled us to use smaller apertures – depth of field was important.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Abstract designs were everywhere, it was just a matter of selecting your design.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

And sometimes we fly right over something that our eyes would never see from the ground!

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Photographing dunes takes a lot of thought, patience and the right conditions.  Sometimes we were in the right place but the light was soft.  Most of the time, dunes sing the loudest when the light is intense, and light and shadow bring out the sculpting of the dune shapes. We hiked into the zone of ghost trees, Deadvlei, but clouds covered the sky.  We studied the movement of the clouds, had our compositions lined up (we practiced while we waited) and when the beams of sunlight came out from the clouds, we worked the scene hard.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As we continued exploring the dunes, we chased light, fog, and compositions of trees and dunes.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We would like you to join us in 2016 when we go back to these dunes.   Click on the calendar link to the right if you would like more information.

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Botswana Photography Safari

This will be our 3rd and final post for our Botswana safari.  We began our Grand Teton/Yellowstone program tonight – look for posts from here in the next few days.

Be sure and start the Botswana Safari post from the beginning if you are just joining now.  I will end with a few thoughts about the experiences we came home with.  We felt so calm and peaceful there, the animals behave so differently away from lots of human activity. We could take our time and enjoy watching them without feeling we were intruding. 

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Hippos
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Impala
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Giraffe
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Baby Nile crocodile
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant at sunset
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sunset, Chobe River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Botswana was a special experience and we look forward to returning.  We hope you will consider joining us.  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.botswana.htm

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Botswana Photography Safari

This is our second post for the Botswana safari.  Be sure to browse below to see leopards and others great creatures. As exciting as it is to see and photograph leopards and elephants up close and personal,  there is so much delight in watching a heron stalk and catch a fish…  a fish eagle perched high in a tree, able to do the same… or a beautiful lilac breast roller take flight…

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Grey heron landing a fish
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Fish eagle
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fish eagle© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fish eagle
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Lilac breasted roller
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Saddle billed stork© 2013 Bob Harvey

Saddle billed stork
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Jacana© 2013 Bob Harvey

Jacana
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Egret at sunset© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Egret at sunset
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tanzania Photography Safari

This 4th post will conclude my blog for our February Tanzania Photography Safari.  If you are just visiting for the first time, be sure and scroll down through the other 3 posts.  This was such a memorable trip with the many rare sightings we had and were able to photograph.  At the end of our trip, everyone felt very touched by the sign as we entered Lake Manyara National Park – Remove nothing from the park except: Nourishment for the soul; Consolation for the heart; Inspiration for the mind.  They said “that was our trip”!  Join us in 2015 http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.tanzania.htm

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Zebras and wildebeest running together
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

The lion cub photo on the last post seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so I am including 2 more of the 20 or so shots I got of this cute little guy.

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Lion cub taking a cat nap
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Ah, nap didn’t last long
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

And speaking of yawns, check out the teeth on this cheetah.

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wow
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sure, we can back up, no problem
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant dust bath
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Look at those lashes – yeah, we were pretty close
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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The elegance of the flamingo
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Taking flight
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Storm coming in late afternoon, Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sunrise after the storm
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tanzania Photography Safari

Our first morning in the Serengeti… I was awakened by the sounds of lions roaring, hippos grunting, and something munching the grass outside my tent.  I thought that would just be a giraffe – not so.  At 6:00 am my fearless Maasai warrior escort arrives and starts stomping and yelling to chase away two cape buffalo right off my deck blocking my exit (fortunately the deck is 4’ high).  The buffalo responds and gives me some space.  I did check to make sure my escort had his spear before I came down the steps.  We always have an escort when it is dark.

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Sunrise, Camp Masek, near my tent
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After breakfast, we had a beautiful sunrise by my favorite tree here at Masek (which is near my tent).  The day only got better with lots of cats and more.

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Lions having a family discussion
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Leopard sleeping high in a tree
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cooling off in the shade at the granite kopjes in the Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cub (about 3 months old) in the kopjes
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Crowned cranes, protecting the nest
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Young zebra snuggling up to mom
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Impala…

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We met some Maasai junior warriors out herding goats and stopped to chat. One of them tried to offer me his necklace, didn’t know what that implied so I gracefully declined.

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photo taken by Said, our guide

More photos to come in a few days.

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