Monthly Archives: March 2010

Photo Tip: Creating space when post processing

March 30, 2010
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Photo Tip: Creating space when post processing

When shooting wildlife, many of us use the center focus point to make sure we get the very sharpest and in focus image we can.  In case you don’t know, for many camera’s that center focus point is a ‘cross type’ focusing point whereas many of the other focus options on the camera focus...

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Photo Tip: Know Your Subject

March 27, 2010
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Photo Tip: Know Your Subject

One key to getting special shots it by getting to know your subject’s behavior. Pre-Safari Homework Begin by the basics: Read books, look at coffee table books full of great animal shots, review old issues of National Geographic and talk to those have been into the bush before to learn more on the species. ...

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Photo Tip: A must download – The Photographer’s Ephemeris

March 25, 2010
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Photo Tip: A must download – The Photographer’s Ephemeris

One of the most important things one needs to know in photography are the details surrounding the ‘golden hours’.  You know, those special hours near sunset and sunrise when the light is special and all of your subjects have that special flow.  To take advantage of this light, one needs to know exactly where...

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Travel Tip/Photo Tip – Photographing The Soul of Botswana – the People

March 21, 2010
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Travel Tip/Photo Tip – Photographing The Soul of Botswana – the People

As you prepare for a safari, most of us think a lot about the animals, the equipment, the accommodations and travel details.  If you are going to Chobe, these are important things; however, it is also important for you to remember that you will be a visitor in this country and this is your...

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Photo Tip: Understanding Depth of Field – A Must on Safari

March 20, 2010
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Photo Tip:  Understanding Depth of Field – A Must on Safari

One of the keys to success in the bush which I find important is knowing your camera.  Since I’ve been into photography for quite a number of years, I have a sound understanding of the basics and these have been invaluable in the field.  Also invaluable is practice.  And I thought the next most...

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Photo Tip: Never Forget that You Are at One of the Greatest Shows on Earth

March 18, 2010
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Photo Tip:  Never Forget that You Are at One of the Greatest Shows on Earth

During my last trip to Chobe, we were coming back from a little side trip to see a leopard in a tree.  Unfortunately, all we could see was the tip of a tail and also the legs of the impala kill well camouflaged up in a tree. It was near lunchtime, the sun was...

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Photo of the Day: The Catch – Fish Eagles 1, Tiger Fish 0

March 16, 2010
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Photo of the Day: The Catch – Fish Eagles 1, Tiger Fish 0

Close up of a Fish Eagle claws tightly own a tiger fish, fractions of a second after the catch.  The precision at which these birds catch fish is truly a sight to behold. Photographers, in particular, note the EXIF data in the caption.  to stop the action of a fish eagle you really need...

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Photo Tip: Composition is Vital in Creating that Great Safari Photograph

March 12, 2010
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I look at a lot of photography.  A lot of it is really bad.  Why do I say it’s bad?  Well usually the ‘small things’ … but important things: Subject too centered in frame Distracting elements in the background directly behind the primary subject Horizon too centered Exposure issues The proposed exercise in this...

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Photo tip: New dust control strategy for your camera’s sensor

March 8, 2010
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I hate dust.  I hate dust bunnies on my images.  I have cleaning my sensor.  … but I love photographing in dry, dusty locations.  On past safari trips, I have accepted that dust is part of the deal.  Every other day or more often as needed, I am willing to clean my sensor while...

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Photo Tip: What is your message?

March 4, 2010
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Photo Tip:  What is your message?

I look at a lot of photos.  I look at a lot of great photos and also a lot of ‘so so’ images.  Since I have more experience than many of my photo friends, I am often asked what I think of a specific image. Good photo or bad one, there is always room...

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