Monthly Archives: December 2009

Photo Tip: An initial peak at Topaz Adjust

December 28, 2009
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Photo Tip: An initial peak at Topaz Adjust

Seeing images by others created with Topaz Photo Adjust, I assumed that it was just another HDR program.  However, seeing so many many highly regareded photographers use this tool, Topaz Adjust, I had to give it a try.  At the TopazLabs web site, one can download Adjust and the rest of their suite for...

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Video: A Drive Through Chobe National Park

December 26, 2009
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“DavesWebSiteVideo” uploaded this on YouTube.  It gives a great overview of the variety of animals spotted in a day and will also give you a feel for water levels of the Chobe River and how green/grown the bush is at this time of year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2U-iDU6u0s&feature=player_embedded

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African Elephants RUN from the sound of Bees!

December 24, 2009
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African Elephants RUN from the sound of Bees!

While reading info on African Elepants, I came a across an article from October 2007 issue of Current Biology entitled “African elephants run from the sound of disturbed bees“.  The authors are Lucy E. King, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Fritz Vollrath.  With a title like that, I had to read more.  In this strange but true...

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Video: Elephant giving birth

December 19, 2009
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Have you ever wonder just exactly how an elephant gives birth?  Do they lay on their side?  Do they stand up?  How soon does the baby start walking?  Attached is a 1 minute, 35 second YouTube video shot in the bush of exactly that event.  This excellent video was shot and it the copyright...

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Photo of the Day: Spring Rain Coming December 15, 2009

December 15, 2009
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Photo of the Day: Spring Rain Coming        December 15, 2009

The winter is now over within Botswana and the rains come to Chobe and areas north, keeping the bush alive for another great season of wildlife viewing next year.  In this image, a pair of Giraffes walk near the water.  The Caprivi Strip of Namibia can be seen in the distance.  Incoming storms are...

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Photo Tip: Spotting the action

December 14, 2009
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Photo Tip: Spotting the action

Today’s tip is also a tale of two lenses.  In the first picture, you see two young bull elephants play fighting for dominance.  An okay picture, but the key was seeing the action and shooting this.  By the way, this shot is at 235mm with a Canon 100-400mm zoom lens. Now the tip:  In...

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Photo Tip: Finding the Compostion – even after the shot

December 13, 2009
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Photo Tip:  Finding the Compostion – even after the shot

In winning photography, composition is everything.  That said, sometimes in the field, the shot comes and goes that fast.  That’s the case with today’s shot.  I was on the Chobe River doing a ‘booze cruise’ on a pontoon boat with friends.  In this setting, you don’t really have control of the boat pilot.  Our...

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Photo Tip: It is important to Know the Light ……….. even consider ‘logging’ the light!

December 12, 2009
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Photo Tip: It is important to Know the Light ……….. even consider ‘logging’ the light!

During your trip into the bush, there will be times to photograph and times to watch.  I’ve noted several times that the ‘golden hours’ are precious in Botswana.  Since the landscape is fairly flat, the sun comes up quickly and sets quickly. How early can you shoot?  How long into the morning can you...

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Pula converter

December 11, 2009
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Interesting Video: Termites attracting birds attracting lions

December 10, 2009
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This Botrswana feeding frenzy video was captured by crew members Brad Bestelink and Jason Loughran at Earth-Touch.com. A flurry of bird activity in the distance cught the attention of the videographers.  The thoughts were that there was a kill and potential prdators ahead.   Once arriving at the scene, they realized there was a...

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