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Post by WesternGuy » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:57 am

Week 26 - on Safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

I have just returned from two weeks on safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa, so I have a bit of catching up to do. I will do this by posting one image from each week in this forum.

Sabi Sands is considered by many to be the Leopard capital of the world. I don't know if this is true, but we saw 11 different leopards during the safari - more than I have seen on my previous four trips combined. This is the first one we saw on our first game drive the afternoon after we arrived at the Nkorho Bush Lodge. He was sitting on the side of the road and eventually got up and wandered off into the scrub brush.

This image was shot with my Canon 1D X and a 100-400 II lens with a 1.4 III extender, Processing was in Lightroom CC.


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Post by TomCofer » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:59 pm

Glad you made it home safely WG and I look forward to seeing more.
I always love the critter shots, all the more so when they are in their natural environment.
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Post by WesternGuy » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:20 pm

TomCofer wrote:Glad you made it home safely WG and I look forward to seeing more.
I always love the critter shots, all the more so when they are in their natural environment.


Thanks Tom. It is a long trip both going there and coming home, but it is all worth it in the end. I am still a little bit jet-lagged, but that is just part of the price you pay for the experience. It is what it is and that too will pass.

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Post by WesternGuy » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:34 pm

Week 27, Safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa.

Our usual day consisted of two game drives, one in the early morning starting at 6:00 am until about 9:00 and a second one starting at 3:30 pm and ending about 6:30 pm. On this particular day, we had stopped for our morning coffee break at about 8:00 am. I noticed that there were some elephants up the road and so I took my camera and walked to a nearby vantage point, while coffee was being prepared, and started to photograph them. I then heard our leader, Gavin call me and as I turned, he pointed to three elephants across the road behind us less than 30 - 40 feet away. I quickly returned to the jeep area and started shooting. There were three elephants, a female, a young one, maybe 1 1/2 years old and another one about 4 to 5 years old. They continued to chow down on the trees and branches as we all watched and photographed. Having these large mammals so close and yet totally ignoring us was an experience I will never forget. This is a picture of the older child as he consumed a bunch of branches off one of the trees. If you look closely, you can see these trees are covered in needles about 2 to 3 inches long and yet the elephants consume them without problem. They seem to pass right through them and end up in their dung on the bush floor. The main reason you do not want to drive over their dung on the road - these needles can easily embed themselves in a tire and the resulting blowout means you are changing a tire - we saw this happen to one of the guides from another lodge.

This image was shot with my 1D X and a 100-400 mm II lens with a 1.4 Mk. III converter attached. Processing was done in Lightroom CC and Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.


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P.S. For those interested, I will be posting a selection of my images from this trip to Africa on my Flickr site and will let folks know when they are posted.
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Post by TomCofer » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:52 pm

Nice elephant shot and interesting story WG.
All I see at the zoo here are the Asian ones.

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Post by WesternGuy » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:45 am

TomCofer wrote:Nice elephant shot and interesting story WG.
All I see at the zoo here are the Asian ones.

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Thanks Tom.

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Post by WesternGuy » Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:24 pm

Week 28 - Harvesting the Hay

It is that time of year and there is a lot of activity in the farm fields outside the City. This is a false colour infrared image of hay bales.

Shot with my 590nm converted 5D III and a 24-105 lens. Processing was in Lightroom and Photoshop CC.


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Post by TomCofer » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:18 pm

Interesting view of the hay bales
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Post by WesternGuy » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:03 am

TomCofer wrote:Interesting view of the hay bales

Thanks Tom.

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Post by WesternGuy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:21 am

Week 29, End of summer...

I had my desk top go on the fritz :o - power problem I think, so I have had to resort to my new laptop for processing. I have also had to rescue some images from CF cards that were not reformatted so that I could stay up to date with my "52 week" process. Please bear with me as I get this new machine up and running. My entire image library is on the desktop and, unfortunately, not recently backed up - I wil have to change that. The repair shop said they would back up my disk before they started checking out the machine. Not sure how they are going to do that as the problem is one of the machine not booting up because of a "power" problem. Anyway, back to the process at hand. (OK)
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I thought this small bush (Unknown kind) going to seed was typical of what was happening at this time of year as summer wanes and bushes and flowers go to seed.

Shot with my 1D X and a 24-105L IS lens. Processing was in Lightroom and Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.

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