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Photo Theme: Night Photography in Kruger or Kgalagadi Parks

Unread post by fazekma » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:28 am

Our highlight when visiting the Kruger and Kgalagadi parks is seeing and photographing the shy nocturnal animals - hence we tend to stay at camps such as Lower Sabie, Tamboti, Punda, Shimuwini or the Kgalagadi wilderness camps.

We would like to hear from other forumites if they photograph at night, what their favorite camps are and what types of animals they see.

We don't enjoy the night drives as we are unable to control the light, vehicle movement, vehicle placement etc. so we prefer to photograph from the camps.

We have photographed some unusual animals from caracals in the Kgalagadi camps to civets in the Kruger camps...

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We used a Nikon D300 with SB-800 flash with softbox at Punda Maria for this Civet - hence no reflective eye-shine.

See you when the sun goes down!

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Re: Night Photography in Kruger or Kgalagadi Parks

Unread post by wingman » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:54 pm

Nice shot fazekma - tell us more about the soft box please.
The below taken using the spotlight of the nightdrive vehicle no flash at 1/60th on a 18-200mm at 200mm with a 40D

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Skukuza 23-04, Satara 24-04, Ngwenya 25- 29/04

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Re: Night Photography in Kruger or Kgalagadi Parks

Unread post by fazekma » Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:54 pm

Wingman - are you sure this picture was taken in the Kruger? Looks more like the Serengeti - not a tree or bush in sight, very nice photo! You also don't have any eye reflection making it a good night photo.

The softbox is the small white diffuser that comes with the flash - it fits over the top and spreads the light so that you don't get harsh shadows or red-eye. If the subject is close to you then it works well.

Mario

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Re: Night Photography in Kruger or Kgalagadi Parks

Unread post by issi » Wed May 05, 2010 8:33 pm

Hi, I’m new to the Camera club but love photography, took this last year in Satara. Wanted to take star circles but it was full moon, so I improvised.
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