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Sep 9th, 2005, 11:22 PM
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I'm not a pro either but am sure 432mm will be fine - as my friend told me, it's always good to have some background to prove to people you haven't taken the photo in a zoo !
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Sep 10th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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philw:

Awesome pictures. You have a penchant for particularly excellent cat photos. In fact, I am going to send your Samburu thread to a friend who is the lion researcher in Samburu. She knows all the lions, cheetahs and leopards and I am sure she will absolutely love your pictures.

Thanks so much for sharing.

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Sep 10th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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philw:
I really enjoyed your photos--particularly the leopards and the crossing.

I have a couple of booking questions. When you say you booked directly with the Serena hotels, did you contact each Serena separately or do they have a booking system by which you can book multiple Serenas at once?

Also, did you book your internal flights directly? If so, how did you do it?
Thanks and compliments on the pictures once again.
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Sep 10th, 2005, 10:14 AM
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Good pictures. What kind of camera did you use and how close were you to the subject...away from the hotel? Would a tripod have been of any use?
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Sep 10th, 2005, 11:50 AM
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Thanks all for the continued kind comments. To answer the questions ...

Bat, I booked both Serena lodges and the internal Air Kenya flights directly with the central Serena booking office in Nairobi. I'm pretty sure the contact details are on their website. Aloyce Otieno ([email protected]) dealt with my booking ).

tmweil, the camera was a Canon EOS 300d (Rebel). Most pictures were with a Canon 70-200mm L f4 zoom lens. A very small number of pictures were with an old 75-300 mm lens. I took a mini tripod but never used it. A bean bag to rest the camera against windows/roof is a much better bet. Most of the animals were pretty close -in some cases just a few feet from the vehicle. Luck does however play a big role. I've been on quite a few safaris and never been this lucky with leopards in particular.
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Jan 9th, 2006, 02:25 PM
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The photo links have changed. Following loads of help from others, the new links are :

Mara only

http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slidesho...Uy=epkbzs&Ux=0

Samburu only

http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slidesho...y=-9uo5sw&Ux=0

Mara River Crossing

http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slidesho...y=-k3imfa&Ux=0

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Jan 9th, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Thanks Phil - your pix. are great. The leopard shots are so lifelike, you could almost touch their spots - beautiful. What a trip your family had, seeing so many cats and such an intense looking migration.
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Jan 10th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for posting the second set of links Phil. Now I can ooh and aah along with the rest! Great work!
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Jan 10th, 2006, 01:20 PM
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Thanks Phil, those pictures were absolutly worth the wait and the back and forth on figuring out the link - they were fabulous!
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Feb 17th, 2006, 12:54 PM
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Sorry, I may just be ignorant, but I can't seem to access your photos. Any suggestions?
 
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Feb 18th, 2006, 12:05 AM
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The links at the top of the post are now invalid. The new ones are about four posts from the bottom ...
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:43 PM
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I know other people have said it Philw but.... WOW, WOW, WOW.... those are some pictures! Thanks so much for sharing.

I am trying to convince DH to let me 'invest' in a proper camera for our upcoming trip and showing him your photos is definately helping - beautiful colourand close-ups! I have a question, I know practically nothing about photography and normally use a 'point and shoot' type camera but am definately egding towards getting a 'proper' camera with maybe one lens - how easy is it to use your canon?? Think I might manage? I would be thinking of making my purchase in duty-free (maybe!, any advice?

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Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:36 AM
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Imelda,
I saw this post and came to look at Phil's Samburu pictures again; I'm like a junky for pictures and information on any of the places we are going this year - even if I've seen or read it before!

While I am here, if you are going to buy a camera in duty free on the way I am not sure it will work if by point and shoot you mean the pocket-sized, basic, digital cameras. My experience, even with a Canon S2 -- the poor idiot cousin of Phil's camera -- was that a couple of weeks of practice before going wasn't quite enough, because you have to adapt to different light and to the temptation to use maximum zoom all the time. I got my good pictures - generally - but I would have messed up a lot of them if I had not had the practice before.

Having said that I now wish I had spent the extra on a camera like Phil's - with time to practice in advance and learn to make it really worthwhile.

Could you borrow one?
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Feb 23rd, 2006, 11:05 AM
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Hello again Kimburu. Like you I am constantly reading this forum - it's addictive. And Phil's photos are amazing. How is your planning going? I'm finally getting a grip on mine.

I have to say I am an 'absolute wally' though!! I can't believe I confused a digital camera with a 'flim type' camera - which is what I've done! I actually have a digital camera, a Powershot S50 but the zoom is pretty awful and what I actually want to buy is a 'film type' camera. (That's what I thought Phil had used!). As I say, I know very little about photography an boy does it show! Now I'm going to go and splash some cold awter on my very red face!!
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Feb 23rd, 2006, 03:43 PM
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philw:

Fantastic pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Feb 23rd, 2006, 04:49 PM
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From what I know, digital SLR (like the kind of camera you are thinking of but digital) is the weapon of choice for most serious hobby photographers nowadays. I'm certainly not the one to take advice from, but I'd say I stick by my comments, although the Powershot has a lot of manual features which will put you in good stead for upgrading to a more advanced camera (you would probably want to leapfrog the [email protected] and similar)... if you actually use them.

There are some excellent threads on photography on this forum which really focus on what's good for using on safari. If you search around you will be rewarded with some excellent info.

By the way, tell DH he'll seriously regret it if he goes on safari with only the Powershot; I really think you need considerably more than double the zoom capacity it's got, and I'm a real "point and hope amateur with occasional delusions of grandeur".
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Mar 11th, 2006, 01:08 PM
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Imelda

The Canon digital SLR's are really easy to use. As important however, are the lenses. Most of these pictires were shot with a 70-200 L lens (about $400) with some of the furter away shots with a cheaper $200 75-300 mm lens.

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Mar 11th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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philw:

Your pics are fantastic. Makes me so happy that I've recently switched to a Canon Rebel. I have the 100-300 lens and I'm glad that seems to be long enough. You've done a wonderful job with the lighting in your shots. Did you have to push the ISO at all? Also, did you use auto mode or manual? Loved the shots of the cheetahs especially.
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Mar 12th, 2006, 02:24 AM
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Thanks. For a few of early morning shots (river crossing comes to mind) I did have to use the ISO button to get the right exposure. Mostly I used the 'Program' setting but rarely needed any manual adjustments. One of the big benefits of digital however is also that you can improve the lighting in Photoshop afterwards !

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