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WillemK: Let the photos tell the story-KTP weekend Dec 11

Unread postby WillemK » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:02 pm

Just returned from another successful trip to the Kgalagadi. This time it was only for a weekend (long weekend of 15-18 Dec 2011). As somebody at work asked me one week before I left for the park: "Is it really worth travelling to the Kgalagadi (all the 700+km) from Bloemfontein just for a long-weekend?"

Well, look at the stories provided by the photos and decide for yourself.

One needs to make the best of the limited time in the park - especially when it comes to photography and you only have a long-weekend. So we decided not to stay at XXXX lodge (60km from Twee Rivieren) as it was possible for us to leave Bloem around 10H15. We phoned from Uptington and got a booking at TR. Arrived around 16H45, booked in and just get the camera equipment ready for a quick trip on the Leeudril road.

Lets see what the Kgalagadi has to offer.

Edit 1: It is now 1 year since my first ever visit the KTP - did it with a point and shoot Sony camera while the wife was there with her Nikon gear. What I decided to do in this trip report is to provide details of my camera setting on some of the photos. I would request the photography gurus to comment on the details as they see fit. I've learned a lot on this forum and I am prepared to learn more.

Edit 2:

My other trip reports:

Mokala edition

First 4 trips
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Unread postby WillemK » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:15 pm

Thursday afternoon:

Started the drive towards Leeudril around 17H00. Great light for photos. Was it worth the drive straigth to Kgalagadi?

Well, yes. I saw my very first caracal in the park and a kill from it as well. The caracal caught a very nice fat rat - I took a few photos but it was too far. My wife saw Cape foxes for the first time. A few spotted eagle owls on our way back to camp - too far for a photo opportunity.

Defintely worth driving straight to the park and sleep the first night in TR - despite the bats.

Just before Leeudril we saw this martial eagle high up in tree.

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600mm & 1.4conv, ISO400, f5,6, 1/5000, exp -1, distance 84m

Then we saw another kill:

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On our way back to camp near Leeudril - this tawny eagle in the last light next to the social weavers' nest.

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600mm & 1.4conv, ISO800, f5,6, 1/3200, exp -0.67, distance 50m

Not too bad sightings for two and half hours in the park.
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:31 am

Thursday:

We came across a Lanner falcon looking for its last meal of the day:

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600mm & 1.4conv, ISO800, f5,6, 1/4000, exp -0.67, distance 63m

And that was the 2.5h of Thursday afternoon.
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:37 am

Friday morning:

We left TR just after the opening of the gates (around 05H35) on our way to Kieliekrankie (we had the two days booked at KK). We decided to take the road via Rooiputs & Kji Kji to KK because I we want to look for the Cape fox den as well as the spotted Eagle Owl near Rooiputs.

The martial eagle was still around Leeudril - this time next to the road and it wasn't impress with us stopping for a photo or two:

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600mm & 1.4conv, ISO800, f5,6, 1/6400, exp -0.67, distance 18m

Hind sight - could have changed ISO to 640 or even 400 or lower.
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:42 am

Friday morning:

Just past Rooiputs we came across the ground ss and some of them were playing already - that early in the morning:

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All the photos: 600mm & 1.4conv, ISO400, f6.3, 1/2500, exp -0.67, distance 18m
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Unread postby Tobieo » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:34 pm

WillemK, absolute stunning photos and thank you for taking the initiative to include camera setting. This way we all learn. I do not want to give myself out for an expert but let me get the ball rolling with some remarks on the settings..... Angry Martial the focus on the tongue is spot on but the rest of the head (beak etc) could have been sharper, perhaps by uping the aperture to give you better dof, the available light was good enough to do this. All the photos are really very good! What support do you use? Heavy beanbag?
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:07 pm

Friday morning:

Continue - Just past Rooiputs we came across the ground ss and some of them were playing already - that early in the morning - a few more photos, we did enjoy their interaction:

Sit boxing?

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Maybe the rugby springbok team can take some lession here how to tackle:

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One step dance:

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Edit 1:

All above ground ss settings are 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ between 15 - 18meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:14 pm

Friday morning continue:

Between Kji Kji and Melkvlei we came across a secr bird busy hunting. Usually the birds just walk to the dunes we you stop next to it. This time this one continue to walk "next" to us. In 40min he/she caught about 10 "things" to eat. Excellent photo opportunities - even the moves/chases when he/she saw a potential prey:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ 63meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:39 pm

Friday morning continue:

The same Secr bird hunting - some more photos. He/she spoiled us with some great photo opportunities - however, the birds is so quick, taking the photos was not that easy. Only after the 4th "kill" did we understand the action and we managed to get a few great shots:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO640, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO640, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.


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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/5000, ISO640, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.


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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO640, exp -0.67, @ 25meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:16 am

Friday continue:

While we were watching the secr bird, we also so this sitting on a branch for a while before taking off:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f8, 1/500, ISO200, exp 0, @ 15meters.

On the dune road (on the way to Kieliekrankie) we saw this juvenile SPCG nicely framed in a bush. Couldn't resist stopping once again for a photo of a SPCG:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f6.3 1/4000, ISO640, exp -0.67, @ 25meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:20 am

Friday continue:

We drive to the river bed and then we came across the hyena family of Kamfersboom - I am sure by now almost everybody is familiar with the family. Just a few quick photos - the light was already to hard, so we decided to come back early Saturday morning hoping they'll still be there:

What a life in the Kgalagadi? Who want to join me at my local spa?

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f6.3, 1/2000, ISO200, exp -0.670, @ 50meters.

Well, somebody was interested!

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f5.6, 1/5000, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:25 am

Friday continue:

While we were watching the hyenas, along came a lonely secr bird for some water. Boy, was he/she upset with the hyenas in the waterhole. It walked around the waterhole three or four times, tried some of the muddy water but wasn't satisfied. Eventually the hyenas climbed out of the waterhole and were lying down a few meters from the water. Just far enough for the impatient secr to have a sip of water:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f8, 1/3200, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.

And then to get away, it decided to have a mini take off - just to land a few meters further.

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f5.6, 1/4000, ISO400, exp -0.67, @ 50meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:34 am

Saturday morning:

We left KK around 05H30 and went to see the hyena family. They were just lying around the spa with no action. So we decided to drive north. Just after the T-junction (lower dune road) we came across a family of BBJ (father, mother and their two kids) - they were very quick to disappear over the river, my wife didn't have time to get her camera ready and I managed a few quick shots (free hand). Just a pitty because the light was perfect.

This is my brother and me - who wants to start the fight?

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Edit 1: The setting for this sighting was much more difficult to determine because of the light and the quickness of the jackals - didn't have time to think about it/practice with a few shots.
600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f11, 1/100, ISO1000, exp 0, @ 21meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:38 am

Saturday morning continue:

We continue our drive northwards and we saw a Bat eared fox den. We waited for some action and eventually the kids started to play.

Interesting to note that they don't really play like the other jackals. This one was more interested in mother:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f5.6, 1/1000, ISO500, exp -0.33, @ 25meters.

Here are a few of the "actions" photos:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f8, 1/500, ISO500, exp -0.33, @ 25meters.


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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f7.1, 1/800, ISO800, exp -0.33, @ 25meters.
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Unread postby WillemK » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:40 am

Saturday morning continue:

Then I tried something different with the development of a family photo - type of B&W version. Don't know if it will work but lets see:

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Edit 1: 600mm x 1.4 convertor (850mm), f8, 1/800, ISO500, exp -0.67, @ 21meters.
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