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 Post subject: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
Unread postPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 11:28 pm 
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I've just returned from a five day trip to Kruger. The bush is incredibly dense and green at the moment which makes spotting wildlife difficult and getting quality images a mission :? In the five days that I spent in the park the sightings were pretty good and included leopard, (one) lion and two cheetahs. I found all these cats on the H7 from Satara to Orpen. This road has been incredibly kind to me in the past and this trip was no exception. The S100 on the other hand yielded zero sightings (as usual for me) and I'm seriously thinking about not ever wasting my time on that road again.

I stayed in Satara and Biyamity during my trip and both camps were a joy to stay in. In Satara I was able to get some decent images of the Honey Badgers that raided the camp one evening and I maaged to get some nice shots of a Pearl-spotted Owl which was eating a lizard. I won't do an extensive trip report but instead I'll post some of the images I captured during this trip and I'll let the images do the talking :wink:

Here's a shot of the Pearl-spotted Owl with kill.
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
Unread postPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 11:25 am 
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Here are some more pictures from the Pearl-Spotted Owl sighting in Satara. I was two huts down from Sneeugans so we enjoyed a mini forum meet while watching this beautiful little owl. What a privilige it was to have this sighting right in camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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While we're on the topic of sightings in camp...here are some pictures I took in Satara (A-circle) of two honey badgers one evening who were raiding the dust bins. It was a very funny sight to see because as soon as people had picked up the trash and put it back in the bins these two jokers would start all over again just to make sure that they hadn't missed any food :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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Nina! wrote:
How were you able to take pictures of such a great quality in the dark?
Which camera/lense/flash did you use?

These images were made using a Canon 1D Mark IV camera and a 70-200 f/2.8 L IS lens. I didn't use a camera flash but instead set the camera to 3200 ISO and used the available light from a flashlight to take the pictures. By using the flashlight instead of a camera flash I was able to isolate the head of the honey badger against the blak background which gives a nice effect.
Taking these pictures was not entirely without danger as I was lying flat down on the ground about 3 metres from the honey badger. It was aggresive towards people who ventured to close to it but it more or less ignored me.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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Here's a star trail picture which was taken in Satara. Each night there were clouds in the sky so I couldn't do a proper one hour exposure star trail picture. I had to settle for second best which in this case is 10 minute star trail image including some of the chalets in the A-circle. I used a wide angle lens so unfortunately there is some visible distortion in the image.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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This is an image which I had been wanting to make for years now but the opportunity just never presented itself. This trip I was finally able to make a low level image of a chameleon. I'm my biggest critic and I think there's always room for improvement. In this case I should have selected a higher ISO value to get a faster shutter speed as the tail is now not 100% sharp due to movement of the tail. I'm pretty happy with the overall result though.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
Unread postPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 11:37 am 
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Thanks for all the kind comments! Like I said I'm my own worst critic and I always see something in a picture which could have been better. Being critical about my own work just ensures that they continue to get better and better. Images that I considered as very good five years ago would probably not get past my quality control now. This frustrates my wife from time to time as I will sometimes trash images that she really likes :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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As promised...

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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bert wrote:
So no lion or leopard this time :thumbs_up:

No don't worry 8) we saw one lion, one leopard and two cheetahs this trip. I just didn't get any good pictures. Here are two snapshots of one of the cheetahs and the leopard.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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And another bird picture. I think it's a Crested Francolin, if anybody could help ID'ing it would be appreciated :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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Yes - Crested Francolin. Magnificent bird photos Madach.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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Hi Madach,
Did`nt think my first meeting with a forumite would be such a talented photographer. But one has to get lucky sometimes. My photos of the same subjects that evening in "A" block at Satara came out okay for a verymuch amateur. But rest assured you have no competition from my side, you being in the "AAA" league, and me very much the "ZZZ" rookie. My shot of the honey badger produced only black and white backsides. Jokes aside, I want to echo the accolades of the other forumites. Great photos.
After breakfast on Thursday morning at Timbavati we experienced a lovely drive north on the S39, beautiful scenery and rewarding sightings. Keep well in Nederland. :whistle:
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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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michel367 wrote:
Can't imagine that these are all the pics he took during that trip. :hmz: :hmz:

I thought you were all fed up with my pics so I decided to stop posting them :wink:

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The page turned so without any further delay....

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I'll post more when the page has turned again...


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger May 2010 - Photographic trip report
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wow nice, very nice pictures :clap:
thanks madach :D

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