Monthly Archives: November 2009

Star Trails: A great way to bring something different home from your safari

November 27, 2009
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Star Trails:  A great way to bring something different home from your safari

In other articles, I mentioned the fantastic night sky in Botswana with more stars than you have ever seen.  In that article, I chose to accurately catch the night sky.  Another technique I had planned to use was to shoot star trails.  My plan was to scout out a great setting such as a...

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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: Panorama Shots – November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009
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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: Panorama Shots – November 25, 2009

The image below is a composite of 3 separate images ‘stitched together’ (photo shop term for combining photos).  I know it’s a little hard to tell it from a simple crop on a small image like this, but there is a big difference.  This image is large and detailed enough to easily print a...

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Impact of Photography Safaris vs. Wildlife Hunting Debated by Expert

November 23, 2009
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Impact of Photography Safaris vs. Wildlife Hunting Debated by Expert

I grew up hunting birds and small game.  The rule was “if you shoot it, you clean it and the family will eat it”.  I don’t hunt anymore probably primarily because of where I live; however, I would be hypocritical if I felt no one has a right to hunt.  I guess my problem...

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Botswana Ranks Best in Sub-Saharan Africa in Corruption Perceptions Index 2009

November 22, 2009
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Botswana Ranks Best in Sub-Saharan Africa in Corruption Perceptions Index 2009

As you plan your safari trip, you may be concerned with the safety within the countries you plan to visit.  The following information will supply a small piece of information on your due diligence of the issues.  Transparency International (TI) is a the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.  As part...

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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: Pan Action Livens the Activity – November 21, 2009

November 21, 2009
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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: Pan Action Livens the Activity – November 21, 2009

Adding action to your shots – Tip for turning boring into interesting. You will have a lot of chances to see baboons.  Sometimes they are giving you some great action as they fight or groom or mate.  Other times, all they are doing is passing through the bush.  In these cases you have a...

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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: From flat to ‘wall hanger’ via B&W conversion – November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009
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Photo of the Day / Photo Tip: From flat to ‘wall hanger’ via B&W conversion –  November 19, 2009

Here is a little ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot.  I always teach to try and shoot when the light is low in the sky as this gives soft light and nice contrast to an image.  However, sometimes, you see something you like when the sun is high.  What to do?  Well of course photograph the...

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Botswana’s Little Birds and BIG COLORS

November 18, 2009
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Botswana’s Little Birds and BIG COLORS

One of the pleasant surprises of my trips to southern Africa and Botswana in particular were the small birds.  Coming from a place in America where blue jays and cardinals were considered colorful, I was surprised by the variety of colors in the small birds.  While you may be going to see the ‘big...

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Photo of the day / Photo Tips: Creating Drama in Post Processing – November 16. 2008

November 16, 2009
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Photo of the day / Photo Tips: Creating Drama in Post Processing – November 16. 2008

Photo Tips: Shooting into the light can create powerful image silhouettes When color is unimportant to the photo message, it can be a distraction, so consider a black and white conversion

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Photo of the Day and Photo Tip: Shoot in ultra low light – November 15, 2009

November 15, 2009
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Photo of the Day and Photo Tip:  Shoot in ultra low light – November 15, 2009

Photo Tip:  We often talk of the golden hours as being those hours just after sunrise or just before sunset, however some of the most special light is just after sunset.  With modern cameras allowing higher ISO settings, this timelimit  is constantly expanding.

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Botswana joins Kavango-Zambezi conservation area

November 13, 2009
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Botswana joins Kavango-Zambezi conservation area

The following is  taken from an article reported by MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE, a  Mmegi Online Staff Writer. At a meeting hosted by Namibia recently, the countries developed a draft treaty, which provides the basis for national consultations with stakeholders. Besides Namibia and Botswana other countries in the venture are Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At the...

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