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Part 2 of 5: A Mobile Safari – journey log of Johan De Bondt

October 15, 2009
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Part 2 of 5: A Mobile Safari – journey log of Johan De Bondt

Continuation of the August 2009 safari of Johan de Bondt and his travel companions.  All text and photos copyright Johan de Bondt. Second leg of the trip – Savute We arrived at Harvey’s pans around 10.30 and saw 2 roan antelope which had just been drinking and slowly made their way back to the...

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Part 1 of 5: A Mobile Safari – journey log of Johan De Bondt

October 14, 2009
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Part 1 of 5: A Mobile Safari – journey log of Johan De Bondt

Over the next 5 days, we will be posting the details and picture filled journey recap of a Belgian named Johan De Bondt.  In August 2009, Johan along with 3 other travelers hired guides and a vehicle and traveled via Maun to: a) Nogatsaa & Tchinga (Chobe forest); b) Savute; c) Khwai riverside (Moremi);...

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Travel Tip: Peri-Peri Chicken and a chain called Nando’s

October 11, 2009
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Travel Tip: Peri-Peri Chicken and a chain called Nando’s

On my first trip to southern Africa, I discovered a dish that I fell in love with: peri peri chicken fron Nando’s.  Peri-Peri Chicken is a must on your trip to Botswana or South Africa! Peri-Peri is the perfect blend of flavor and fire. Technically, it should be piri-piri and not peri-peri. It is...

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Telephoto lens options for Chobe/safari

October 9, 2009
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This article will not be full of recommendations, but will have lots of links to help you read reviews on any lens you are considering.  Over time and as new information or options become available, this article will be updated. It’s possible to go on safari with a lens as small as a 70-200mm. ...

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Photo of the Day and Photo Tip: Watch the photo angle! – October 4, 2009

October 4, 2009
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Photo of the Day and Photo Tip: Watch the photo angle! – October 4, 2009

Lilac Breasted Roller Photo tips: This time, we will have some negative tips. This is not one of my best shots.  Reasons: Angle from below: I don’t like the angle on this shot. Distracting elements: perching limb dissects image at bad angle. Bird too centered in frame.

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Photo of the Day & Photo Tip: Depth of Field – October 3, 2009

October 3, 2009
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Photo of the Day & Photo Tip: Depth of Field – October 3, 2009

Swainson’s Francolin Photo Tips: Shallow dof allows background bokeh free of distracting elements Always try for catchlight in the animals eye

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Finding the perfect photo bean bag for safari

October 2, 2009
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Finding the perfect photo bean bag for safari

Well, that is what I planned to title the article.  I spent two weeks examining more than a dozen different bean bag designs for supporting camera and telephoto lens on safari.  I developed a rating system and thought I could come up with the one true winner. It doesn’t work that way – life...

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Photo of the Day – October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009
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Photo of the Day – October 2, 2009

Egyptian Goose in morning light Photo Tip: Not all of the great shots at Chobe stand 6 feet tall.  Look at the photo opportunities in comparison to your typical available shots at home. Use morning lighting Try to catch some action – even it it is just the target walking Use a low angle...

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3 Basic Tips for Photographing Flying Birds

September 14, 2009
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3 Basic Tips for Photographing Flying Birds

Determine wind direction. Birds will always land and take off against the wind. So the best circumstances for good flight shots are when both the light and wind come from over your shoulder. When the wind comes from another direction, change your location for silhouettes or just be happy with loads of butt-shots. Try...

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Photo tip: Digestion is easiest when things are in proper proportions!

September 12, 2009
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Photo tip: Digestion is easiest when things are in proper proportions!

The title has double meaning.  The photo above is the “as shot” image. This little Pied Kingfisher may have a meal that is too big for him to swallow.  It is a nice “behavior shot” of these birds as this is a typical catch.  The sun is at a nice angle as there is...

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