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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 3 – Cats!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

It is difficult to describe – being in a quiet place away from people, just the 4 of us and our guide walking quietly and slowly alongside cheetahs in the wild.  Our guide assures us if we don’t make any sudden moves, they will accept us.  One of them wears a collar and we track them to our location.  Then we leave the vehicle behind and follow them on foot, giving them room to scout for a meal, find water, scratch on trees…  it’s amazing to watch them behave naturally.

Following cheetahs © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Following cheetahs
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

One of the great experiences in Namibia, is our chance to photograph within the reserve managed by AfriCats.  Our time there will not only yield outstanding opportunities to photograph big cats – but when we spend time there our expenditures underwrite their conservation efforts, particularly with cheetah and leopards! Our sightings for the day are documented for research. This is an amazing example of using tourism to accomplish conservation. They have a good success rate of releasing cats back into the wild – the others stay on the reserve.

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes we track them and find them out in the open and sometimes they are hiding in the grasses and we have to be careful not to alarm them!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopards, on the other hand, must be photographed from a vehicle (open with high seats) or from a hide.

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

See more cat photos in post 1 and join us to photograph them in 2016!  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.namibia.htm

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Namibia Photography Safari

Post 1 – Namibia, a land of contrasts and remoteness.

From the softness of the dunes of the Namib Desert to the rock formations of Damaraland, landscape photography is at its finest.  In this harsh environment, the Himba people with their goats and the wild animals are always searching for water.  The mountain zebra is found in the region, as well as desert elephants.  Ancient cultures left behind beautifully etched rock art for us to interpret their lives.  Namibia gives us great photographic opportunities for cats!  And the dry desert air and lack of development give us clear night skies. We will be posting throughout September and October with more details of Namibia, our experiences and photo techniques.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Ghost trees, Namib desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ghost trees, Namib desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Bob Harvey

Leopard
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Leopard, its eyes look like they are saying "you are next!" © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard, the eyes look like they are saying “you are next!”
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Elephant bath © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Elephant bath
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rock art, wildebeest © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rock art, wildebeest
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Damaraland © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Damaraland
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Damaraland © 2014 Bob Harvey

Damaraland
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Milky Way, Damaraland © 2014 Bob Harvey, Diane Kelsay

Milky Way, Damaraland boulders
© 2014 Bob Harvey, Diane Kelsay

Himba woman © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Himba woman
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Spotted eagle owl © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Spotted eagle owl
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Oryx © 2014 Bob Harvey

Oryx
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the waterhole © 2014 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the waterhole
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Lion, Etosha National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Lion, Etosha National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Next post – the Namib desert, from hiking through the dunes to capturing scenes from a hot air balloon – landscape and abstracts.

 

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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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