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  1. #1
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    My South African Photo Safari

    My South African Photo Safari
    Allow me an introduction:
    About a year ago I decided to arrange a Photo Safari to South Africa. The plan was to arrange a "New Zealanders Only" group to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to view some real wild animals in their natural habitat.
    In the end there were 10 of us that went - all from the same camera club.
    The focus of the safari was to see Big Cats at real close quarters. The "Big Cats" are defined as Lions and Leopards. Cheetahs are 'small' cats and because of the vast territory that they traverse the chances of seeing them are not so good. However we would take Cheetah and any other animals as New Zealand does not have much by way of wild life.
    In this thread I will post some of my photos for you all to enjoy.
    It will be a gradual process as I go about processing the hundreds of photos I captured in the 5 days of safari.
    I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
    The itinerary was to arrive 2 days earlier than the start of the safari and use those two days to get over any jet-lag issues and to generally acclimatise. We all met at OR Tambo International on the morning of the 26th August and set off in one vehicle for our 2 night stop over before the safari proper. It was a leisurely 8 hour drive with lunch stops and the odd photo opportunity to get to where we would spend the two nights in a little town called Hoedspruit in Limpopo province.
    Hoedspruit borders on Kruger National Park or is very close.

    To kick the thread off is a photo of a really ugly power station we passed en route. It gives you an idea of the weather we encountered and the scarcity of green foliage - the country is extremely dry at this time of year which makes for fantastic game viewing.

    My South African Photo Safari-dsc_1718-power-station.jpg


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    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
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  2. #2
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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    My South African Photo Safari
    We arrived late (ish) at our accommodation and didn't do much. There were a few antelopes and warthog aroun near the camp but we were all a bit knackered and after an early meal hit the sack in anticipation of the following days activities which meant a trip to a underground bird hide.
    What we saw and photographed there blew us all away.
    There were two hides which could each accommodate 5 people (perfect as it turned out). One hide faced East and the other west so the groups spent half a day in each with the more established photographers being given the better lighting time for each hide.

    My South African Photo Safari-_1000037.jpg

    My South African Photo Safari-_1000047.jpg

    Not just birds then ...
     
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    AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX
    AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
    www.myphotoskills.com

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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    Looking real good so far Lawrence.
    What is that 500 f4 you have there?
    Brad


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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    Looking real good so far Lawrence.
    What is that 500 f4 you have there?
    Looking good so far. Yea, did @Lawrence buy a 500mm f/4 and didn't tell us?
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  5. #5
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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    My South African Photo Safari
    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    Looking real good so far Lawrence.
    What is that 500 f4 you have there?
    Sadly not mine. The tour guide lent it to me for the day.
    And the tour owner (a friend of mine) lent me a D750 for the entire trip. I didn't use it often as I was too afraid of something going wrong with it and I would need to replace it.
    The combination of my D7100 and my 80-200 f2.8 was perfect in almost every situation we came across.

    I'll post another just for fun .

    My South African Photo Safari-dsc_1796.jpg
     
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    EX Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC HSM
    AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX
    AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
    www.myphotoskills.com

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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    There is a 3 page minimum posting requirement if you're posting Safari shots!
    Thanks/Like nikonpup, RocketCowboy, Friggs Thanks/liked this post
     
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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktop View Post
    There is a 3 page minimum posting requirement if you're posting Safari shots!
    and our posts do not count to your minimum limit.
    Thanks/Like Blacktop Thanks/liked this post
     
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  8. #8
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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktop View Post
    There is a 3 page minimum posting requirement if you're posting Safari shots!
    You have my word this will go way beyond 3 pages in photos alone.
    Thanks/Like jc32750, Friggs Thanks/liked this post
     
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    AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX
    AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
    www.myphotoskills.com

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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    My South African Photo Safari
    My South African Photo Safari-dsc_1884.jpg
     
    Nikon D7100
    EX Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC HSM
    AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX
    AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
    www.myphotoskills.com

  10. #10
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    Re: My South African Photo Safari

    My South African Photo Safari
    My South African Photo Safari-dsc_1900.jpg

    My South African Photo Safari-dsc_1901.jpg
     
    Nikon D7100
    EX Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC HSM
    AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX
    AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
    Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 Di Macro 1:1
    EX Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO DC HSM OS
    Nikkor 80-200 f 2.8 D
    2 x Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlites
    Yongnuo YN 560-TX Manual Flash Controller
    4 x Yongnuo RN603N remote control and OCF controllers
    Giottos YTL9353 Tripod with Giottos MH 1300 Pro Series Ball head
    Lowepro Slingbag
    www.myphotoskills.com





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