Botswana/Zambia - pictures

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Feb 9th, 2006, 12:34 PM
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Botswana/Zambia - pictures

Hello everyone,

I would like to share with you 10 of my favourite pics taken on my last 2 safaris.

You can see them by following this link:

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...o&x=0&y=pyvy1r

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Feb 9th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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OUTSTANDING. I wish I could say I have a favorite but they all are fabulous.

Thank you for sharing! More, please???

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Feb 9th, 2006, 01:05 PM
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I second cooncat. These are fantastic.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Those are gorgeous - definitely pro level - thank you so much for sharing! Are these going to go into the book your said you were putting together? They are wonderful!
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Feb 9th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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I can only add my compliments - do you mind posting what your photographic kit is? What lenses you use? I am seriously thinking of investing in the new Nikon D200 to replace my beloved but weary FM2n. Whenever I look through my old National Geographics or copies of time I really appreciate how those pioneering wildlife photographers worked, using manual focus as I do!

Also probably asked previously, where were they taken?

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Feb 9th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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Who said "OUTSTANDING"? My sentiments exactly.

Thank you so much. These are truly beautiful.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Johan-
Wow!! These are absolutely great. I would also like to know what type of equipment/lens you used.

And how close to the "zebras playing"
were you? They usually break up when approached too closely.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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From the first shot of your favorites to the last male lion they were superb photos. Such a nice variety. The rambunctious zebras are a great catch on film. Now those should go in the book.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 02:52 PM
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Johan

Terrific pictures, do you have your own line of postcards ;-)

Do you private vehicle at Kwando? Every time I see one of those vehicles with six people, I am astonished at how uncomfortable they look.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 07:03 PM
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Hi Johan,

Lovely photos, zebra in particular just make a great photo with those colourful backdrops. Hard to get a bad zebra photo, all so photogenic!

I am wondering about that seating arrangement as well. I am off to Botswana this July, are all camp vehicles in that configuration? Do not like that 3 across at all! I have heard that seating arrangement at Kwando camps and it is usually followed by that you rarely have 3 across - but in high season I would think most vehicles would be pretty well full.

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Feb 9th, 2006, 07:28 PM
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As everyone has already said, they're wonderful. My husband would really like to know what equipment you used.
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Feb 9th, 2006, 08:59 PM
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Hello everyone,

Thank you for your lovely comments on my pictures.

I use the following equipment at the moment:

Nikon D2X + Nikon D70 (will be replaced by Nikon D200)
Nikon lenses: 80mm-200mm F 2.8
300 mm F 2.8 (+ teleconverter 1.4)

About the vehicles at Kwando, I can say the following: in the green season I didn't book a private vehicle because most of the times I was alone or with two other persons on gamedrive. But in high season (wintertime) I'll book a private vehicle because I don't like overcrowded vehicles (too much noise for bird pics, too much people that want to move from point "A" to point "B" - and best pictures will be taken when you are sittin' with an animal for some time). All my trips to Botswana in 2006-2007 will be in a private vehicle because of those reasons (+ I don't want the people do bother with my interests)


About the zebras playing we approached them within +/- 70 metres I think. It's true what you said they stop doing their "zebra thing" the moment you approach them too closely. I think a great spot for zebra pics is "Rock pan" in the Linyanti concession.

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Feb 10th, 2006, 05:31 AM
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Hi again Johan,

SO it seems the new D200 will be a popular digital body - re lenses: I was thinking of on of these two:

AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Of course I'd love something like the big

AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED

But alas think it's beyond my financial capabilities.

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Feb 10th, 2006, 07:04 AM
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Matt,

I would opt for the following lens:
AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED.

I think it's best to buy a second lens for portrait photography or landscapes.
It wouldn't be that expensive I think.

Abd you need a 400mm (or even more) if you are interested in taking pictures of birds.

In Africa there is lots of light so during daytime you won't experience much problems with the f-stops.

But to be honest with you I am not an expert on photography, so other people can tell you maybe much more about it.

Greetings,

Johan


 
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Feb 10th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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Johan, I think you're being much too modest.

Matt-
I'm far from being an expert too, but I agree w/ Johan about the 80-400VR.
I've had it for a couple of years now and love it, especially for the close-ups. Using it w/ my D2X and D70 digital cameras puts the 400mm to up to about 600mm. It's great.
For landscape or wider angle shots, I use the 17-35mm lens. It's another one of my favs.
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Feb 10th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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Thanks Johan and Divewop for that lens info: from all the reviews I can find it is a very sharp lens at both extremes and considered a top of the range consumer lens. But the focus speed is siad to be a bit slow and noisy? How do you find it in this respect? Also I see the D200 has 1.5 ratio so giving the 600mm top as you say.

With regard to landscapes and portraits I still love and use my old FM2n - I have the 28mm f2.8 and 80 - 200 f4 both AIS. Use the film scanner to upload them.

Have a look at my photo journals from TZ:

http://clubs.wanadoo.co.uk/pictures/...lbumID=5272073
http://clubs.wanadoo.co.uk/pictures/...lbumID=5280137

Taken with a combo of the old Nikon and Canon A80 digital compact. Nowhere near your quality Johan, but for my standard not bad. I use Photoshop 5 as well.

Anyway, sorry to thread hi jack but inevitable after your excellent photos Johan. Thankyou.

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Feb 10th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Matt,

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I always enjoy other's people work.

I think the other lenses you mention are more than sufficient.

Greetings,

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