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First episode of pictures from Kenya trip

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First episode of Kenya pictures taken the week of January 23rd at Amboseli. I had all new camera equipment and I am still adjusting to digital over regular. There was a lot of dust everywhere I went due to the drought so some pictures aren't as clear as I'd like them to be.

I took my Canon Eos Rebel XT digital camera with 85 mm and 300 mm. lens, a 2 gig compact flash and for added safety (after reading of card problems on this website) I I also took two additional 1 gig cards. I had purchased a new Epson 2000 reader and every evening when I got back to my room/tent I would download the pictures from the flash card to the Epson, and then I could delete the pictures from the flash. I love this machine. It has a larger LCD screen and it makes it easier for viewing and deleting unwanted pictures than the camera itself. Every two or three days I'd plug the Epson in for battery recharge. Had no problems the first week. The second week I inserted the compact flash and got access failure message so I just started using another flash card. Another time I recharged the battery in the electric plug in the tent (being run by generator), and it went through the full two hour charge and the charge light went out. The next morning I got a battery dead sign. I was worried sick that all my pictures would be gone, but I recharged the Epson at the bar plug and it charged just fine, no loss of pictures. Really am loving this Epson and hope to learn more about it as I go on.

The dust in both Amboseli and Tsavo was tremendous because of the drought. Thus I will have my camera professionally cleaned next week and be ready for the next trip.

I did have one curious incident that I still haven't figured out and perhaps some of you camera experts can help me with this one. At one camp I had a visit of an old wild elephant bull that I had seen before. When I arrived he was standing about 15 feet in front of me, and not wanting to move or make noises I left my 300 mm. lens on. The first 8 - 10 pictures are heavily overexposed with that lens. I was sitting under a makuti roof (in the shade) and he was in the sun. I changed the lens to my 85 mm. and these pictures came out alright despite the same distance, lighting, etc.
If anyone has answers on this one for me I be grateful to hear about it. I am by no means a photographer. Usually just leave the camera on automatic all the time.

Hope you enjoy the pictures of Amboseli. I am still working on Tsavo and as soon as I get the trip report and pictures completed I'll post them.


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