Favorite Safari photo?

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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:34 PM
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Favorite Safari photo?

ive been searching thru some of my safari photos and thought it would be a good idea to try and get a good sampling of people's favorite/best/unique photo from safari. u can only choose 1 so here's mine. its not the clearest shot but certainly is pretty unique and shows one reason why Mombo is unique.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/PhotoVie...d=679278811205
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Aug 9th, 2005, 02:51 PM
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I don't think I saw this album first time - unbelievable. You got some great shots, but the stuff you saw. Mombo surely lived up to its rep for you. When and how long were you there?
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Aug 9th, 2005, 03:15 PM
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Although it was a tossup between this one and a photo of two rhinos that seem to be guarding the road, shoulder to shoulder, facing opposite directions...given the fact how rare cheetahs are, although the cubs are not all smiling for the camera, this photo of mother cheetah with her three photos must be my favorite.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/PhotoVie...d=853178806105

(taken at Singita in March, 2002)
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Aug 9th, 2005, 03:51 PM
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I have been thinking seriously about taking another African safari, and have been enjoying these posts immensely. The most immediate benefit of lurking on this board was meeting Roccco in an exchange of emails, he has just convinced me to book a Zambian adventure in the Wet Season. Not only that he suggested an intinerary, provided contacts, and explained in great detail how I could book everything directly and easily, and economize without going through a travel agent, all of which has been a huge step for me. If not for this site, this fortuitous meeting would have never happened. I would probably still be spinning my wheels in frustration.

So Ive been waiting for a thread where I could give something back to Fodorites. As a long time teacher of expressive photography, it was this particular thread that drew my interest because it gives me an excuse to share a few of my own safari images with you. Bigcountry asks for but one, yet I give you four because of the range of subject matter, approach, and locations. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite, because each of these images is entirely different in concept and circumstance, not to mention technique.

Just follow the links below to these images, which appear in my teaching galleries on expressive travel photography on www.pbase.com. Feel free to browse, learn, and enjoy.

http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/22389306

http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/20792461

http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/22388831

http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/20826826


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Aug 9th, 2005, 04:54 PM
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These images were some kind of improvisation. My checked-in luggage had gone 'lost' somewhere between LON-JNB-LUN, and so I had to spend my first week in Zambia without flash, which made photographing during the night game drives a little difficult.

Finally I used Ektachrome 400 pushed to 1600 and made this nice little sequence of a leopard kill:

ftp://www.podszuck.de/po/podszuck.de...ardKill-1.jpeg

ftp://www.podszuck.de/po/podszuck.de...ardKill-3.jpeg

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Aug 9th, 2005, 05:10 PM
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PND1, this is a bit off the photo topic, but you mentioned you are going to go to Zambia during the wet season? I'm still trying to sort all of this out, so I'm wondering when in the wet season, and why in the wet season? I'm just curious, and furiously try to learn.

Thanks, and sorry to derail the conversation a bit.

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Aug 9th, 2005, 05:31 PM
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Mitch,

Was this in the Busanga Plains area?

One part of me wants to visit Kafue next August/September, but doing so would limit my time in Botswana to a maximum of six nights. If I skip Kafue then I will be able to do three nights in LZNP, likely at Chiawa or Sausage Tree, followed by nine nights of Botswana (either option I will make my annual trip to South Luangwa).

Just curious about your itinerary, Mitch. Have you previously visited Hippo Camp in Kafue? What kind of wildlife do you expect to see while at Hippo Camp? I had previously believed that once you get too far away from Busanga Plains that the gameviewing is somewhat poor in Kafue.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 05:48 PM
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we're off to a good start. pnd1, that shot of the tiger is awesome. really cool.

matt, we were at mombo in jan 05 for 3 days. we have been to mombo the last 2 jan and have been blessed with amazing game. as you can see the 3 days in 05 were very diverse and active. and back in jan 04 we saw 72 different lions including 15 different full grown males comprising 6 different prides and 5 different coalitions of males. that was over a 4 day stint when rates were much cheaper in the rainy season. i highly recommend going to botswana in dec/jan for any experienced safari goer. the photography is fantastic. and the daylight is very long. i am going in sept next yr to see mombo at a different time, but i will be extremely happy if it can match what i've seen in the rainy season.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:07 PM
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Rocco,

This is around Lufupa Lodge, the area of the exciting leopard night drives.

I havn't been at Hippo Lodge before. The main reason I'm going there is more of personal nature, I want to meet the owner Bruce Whitfield (ex-Lufupa manager and leading conservation force in the area). I don't expect much from the activities there.

Busanga Plains? I'm not sure if I will go there at all. My main priorities in Kafue are leopards, wild dogs (the is a research team located at Lufupa) and African fish eagle. If I won't get good images in the first four days, chances are good that I will cancel the stay in Busanga Plains and remain at Lufupa. Busanga Trails are quite flexible in their arrangements. I already had been in Busanga Plains and didn't find it overwhelming so that wouldn't be a big loss.

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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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oh my brain cells...
should be: 'there is a research...'
 
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Aug 9th, 2005, 06:57 PM
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bigcountry - what a great topic! I remember your photos and how much I like them. The one you have chosen is great.

Roccco, the one you have chosen is great, too. I also like #17 in your album. (It would be the best if you had his full ears and feet.)

Phil, I like your favorites alot but my favorite of yours is the giraffe image in the same album. Beautiful.

Mitch, I can't get yours to display. I'll try it at work tomorrow.

I have several favorites of my own but probably the one I like best (even though it didn't turn out because of vehicle shake) is
http://www.pbase.com/cjw/image/47469492
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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:06 PM
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Lisa,

To answer your question, the wet season in Zambia is also called its Emerald Season. It runs from November 1-May 31, (at least that is when facilities there offer reduced rates.) Why do I go then? I am a photographer. I understand the quality of light, the clearness of the air, the richness of the colors in the foliage and the skies, and even the physical condition of the game are conducive to productive images. Fewer people around, too. And I can stay in luxury camps at affordable prices. As for the downside: it rains periodically. The grass is high, so smaller game might not be visible in places. The game is everywhere, not concentrated. And some roads are impassible. But I am excited about my trip. Email me for details if you wish. Hope this helps.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:13 PM
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Sundowner,

Thanks for the comment on my giraffe photo. I did not include it in my favorites because we were asked to submit just one, and I already had four links in my message. Since you brought it up, it gives me an excuse to post that link as well: http://www.pbase.com/pnd1/image/20797115

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Aug 9th, 2005, 07:43 PM
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I have a lot of favourites . Miss Serengeti was a crowd favourite. Check her out -- http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3442577

If you want to check out more pictures, please visit --
http://www.photo.net/photos/vjhanak
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Aug 10th, 2005, 01:27 AM
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Some FAB photos here everyone! Phil, your rhino just blows me away and that tiger is wonderful too!
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Aug 10th, 2005, 01:29 AM
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PS I'm sorry I didn't just post one. I'm not good at picking out favourites!
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Aug 10th, 2005, 01:42 AM
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Wow, these are amazing!!
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Aug 10th, 2005, 06:42 AM
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Phil,

Thank you for your response; yes, it did help.

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Aug 10th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Couldn't resist adding my favourite pics to this great thread. You people have really taken the most stunning photos!

I know it's meant to be one picture only, but I swear, I couldn't choose between these 3 (taken at Etosha park/ Ongava lodge in May this year)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wbordes...in/set-427116/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wbordes...in/set-427116/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wbordes...in/set-427116/

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