Mountains and Mountains . . .

posted on 15th of october, 2008

OK, I think that I am finally starting to gain some momentum in editing the thousands (literally) of images I took on safari.

I have been home for a few weeks now, and somehow the very large collection of safari shots became overwhelming.

Where to start? How to decide what I like, what to delete, what to submit to Dt? Well, I guess that all journeys begin with, and proceed in, single steps. That in mind, I am going through the images day by day, trying to find my favorites from each. This isn't always easy, as the differences between one photo and the next can be minute.

But I am not complaining at all. I am hoping this process takes months, as it's very enjoyable, and takes me back to Botswana, Zambia, South Africa . . .

Comments (2)

Posted by Black-white on October 17, 2008
I am eager for your coming pictures. These photos must be nice.
Posted by Charlesoutcalt on October 17, 2008
Thanks, Anne. Very good advice!

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Things I Wish I Had Known Before Going On Safari, Part 1

posted on 17th of october, 2008

Before I went on safari to Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, I scoured the web and photo guide books for tips on how to prepare. I found quite a bit of good advice, but, once I got to my destination, I realized there were many things that I wish I had known.

In the hopes that these ideas will be useful to others who might be in a similar situation, I'll post some of those 'things I wish I knew.'

Here's the first: You don't have much control over your position or angle when you are out on game drive in an open jeep. Most of the time, you must stay in the safari vehicle for safety reasons. You are NEVER allowed to stand up, or even move around too much. This means that you don't have much say in your position relative to your photo subject. For people who are used...

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Posted by Maigi on October 17, 2008
Good tip! Waiting for more... :) Your impala herd is lovely.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Going on Safari, Part 2

posted on 20th of october, 2008

Before I went on safari, I sought advice on what to take from every source I could find--discussion boards, books, friends who had done a lot of nature photography. . .

Over and over, I was advised to take the longest lens I could, and to get a teleconverter to extend that lens even further. I listened to this advice, and it turned out to be useful.

What I always never heard, though, was the suggestion that I take a wide angle lens. The advice I got (or at least the advice I listened to!) was all about capturing animals.

At the last minute, I decided to pack my 17 - 40 lens. With the conversion factor in my camera (1.3), this wasn't super wide angle, but it was the broadest field of view that I had.

I am SO GLAD I made that quick decision....

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Comments (2)

Posted by Flatscreen on October 22, 2008
Very good advice to people traveling the first time to a foreign country.
First take you photo equipment! And then.. you will see how much space is left for the other stuff ;-)
Ciao, Holger
Posted by Marilyngould on October 20, 2008
Great shots and very helpful advise! Thanks.

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Before You Mess Up That Hotel Room. . .

posted on 23rd of october, 2008

The last couple times I have traveled, I have made a deliberate effort to haul out my camera before I unpack my bags and strew my things around my hotel room. When I can hold back from making a mess of my room long enough to take a photo or two, I have been rewarded with some nice shots.

Of course, these are good for memories, and they make me appreciate all the hard work that goes into making a hotel room look inviting, but they just might sell, too. So, the next time you find yourself in a pristine hotel room, think about tucking your bags out of sight, and capturing the feeling of the room. . .

Comments (3)

Posted by Charlesoutcalt on October 23, 2008
Hah-hah! Yes, and the time we spend packing before a trip, agonizing over batteries, chargers, mem cards. . .

I am hoping too that I have more safari shots in my collection. I have some in the queue, and others almost ready for submission. Thanks for asking.
Posted by Maigi on October 23, 2008
Before You Mess Up That Hotel Room ...
yeah, and before you eat that lunch ...
and before you say to kids, go and clean up yourselves ...
and before you take your backpack and run to catch your travelmates ...
Would it be fair that photographers would have twice the time other people have? I think it would.
Anyway, you must have had a great trip. I hope we can see more safari shots in your portfolio. :)
Posted by Marilyngould on October 23, 2008
Hey Charles, great suggestion! In addition, love your lodgings in Africa, oh my, so inviting!

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