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Aug 27th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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That's funny Liz!

Nearly all my adult life I have had a cleaning lady even when I couldn't afford one because life's too short to clean (when you work full time and hate to clean).

BUT - no cleaning lady in my house yet. I still HAVE to go to Kenya and I'm sure even after that the African "bug" will not be still.

In addition to that my little ones will be old enough to go in a few years and they will "need" to go too!

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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:05 AM
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Cindy-
I fully understand! We also had a cleaning lady until we retired and figured out what all we could do ourselves so we could still travel to Africa.
We leave a week from today for Kenya, and we are very anxious as the migration is just getting there as you probably already know from my endless posts.
I was so looking forward to posting our pictures, but now I think I shall keep them just for us and say our camera didn't work or something like that rather than face the shame of people comparing ours to the others. All of ours will be taken on automatic. No fancy f-stops for us. I tell my husband, "Gee, you're so smart that I just KNOW you could figure all of that out so easily", which translates to "I'm not so smart as to figure this out at my age and don't want to admit I am ever wrong".
Anyway, maybe ours will be good enough to get you to go next year and show us how its done. Liz
 
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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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Dear friend, you are funny and also daft! If anyone went back to look at my photos, which people were so very sweet about when I posted them, you'd see that they totally lack the quality of the photos shared more recently by a number of us here.
We're not interested in your photos because of their artistic merit or technical perfection - we want to see them so we can share just a little of your wonderful experience and also your memories!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:28 AM
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Cindy,
I have never been to Africa, but I see that you have caught the beauty of the place and those amazing animals!
Thank you so much for sharing this!
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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:58 AM
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Liz, Liz, Liz

Yes, I do know you are leaving for Kenya next week and I?m totally jealous. But go ahead and keep reminding us because I know how much fun that is! If you are like me you can?t believe you are really going until you get there - when your dreams come true it?s just really hard to believe!

And you must take pictures of everything you see and then come back and share them. Seeing everyone?s pictures just keeps the little African ?bug? stirred up. Kavey is exactly right ? share your experiences with your photos.

If I remember correctly, you have the same camera Roccco has and I know the automatic setting on that camera will take excellent pics. Just look at his again! You?ll do great.

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Aug 27th, 2003, 03:41 PM
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Liz don't even THINK about not posting those photos!! I'm already eagerly awaiting every detail of your adventure, from trip report to photos to Q&A. And you haven't even left yet
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Aug 27th, 2003, 05:21 PM
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Just one more vote for how wonderful your photos were. We went to Botswana a couple of years ago and our photos were not nearly as good. I am hoping to go to South Africa next year or the year after. Does Rod plan trips for other people or was this a friend of a friend favor. If he does, I would like to know how to get in touch with him. My husband and I would be going to see the animals and we do not need pools and jacuzzis and the expensive amenities. I really wanted to see Capetown and the wildlife one more time. The guides and the wild life are the most important things to us. It is just a phenomenal experience to see the animals on their terms and to see live as God created it.
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Aug 28th, 2003, 02:56 AM
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kapmap - why don't you email me at [email protected]

I'll be able to furnish Rod's address and you can contact him. I'm sure he'll be interested in working with you. I would highly recommend him.

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Aug 28th, 2003, 05:00 AM
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Liz,
I'm sure some of the serious amatuers will disagree with me but we used the automatic settings on our digital and we were both very impressed with the quality. We think it's impossible to get bad pictures in Africa because the animals make the pictures. We even got the SLR pictures back yesterday and the digital ones look as good if not better than some of them. Also, after having to go through 8 x-ray machines at airports, the SLR pictures were a bit foggy.
Hopefully you get to see one of the crossings Liz and you'll post the pictures.
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Aug 28th, 2003, 05:30 AM
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Thank you everyone. I didn't mean to hijack Cindy's thread this way, but your comments meant more than I can say. I will post what we get, especially if we get lucky with a crossing, but no one judges them by Andy's or Cindy's recent ones. Not to mention Kavey, Roccco, and of course we have Offy coming back in a couple of days. That will be the another one to see. I'll bet they got a crossing. I think of him/her every day and wonder whats going on. You guys are really super. Thanks. Liz
 
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Aug 28th, 2003, 05:54 AM
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Andy I agree with you and I'm what one might call a serious amateur. (The prints do look a lot better than my low quality scans).

Auto settings on a decent consumer camera should yield perfectly good results in most reasonable light sitations.

I also make use of aperture priority and shutter priority on holiday, though I use full Automatic a great deal too. Those two controls let me get the depth of field I want in my final images.

I seldom use fully manual even at home and would never dream of using it on holiday, let alone on a safari.

I want to be experiencing the safari through my eyes too and certainly not just through my view finder!

I also feel that, although it's thrilling to take an image others also love, that my primary aim is to make a record of our trip and images to serve as memory aids don't have to be as polished or perfect as those in some glossy magazine.

Liz, if I can see you guys or the animals or the scenery in your photos that's all I need, to go along with your report when you get back!
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Aug 28th, 2003, 07:47 AM
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Kavey-
I'm stunned. You are so knowledgeable and you use automatic in Africa? Boy, do I feel better. I am just so surprised. All you know? I figured you did it all. Thanks a lot for that post. I was really becoming intimidated about it. I am just mesmerized with Cindy's album. Of course, part of that is because its Mashatu and I've looked at all the backgrounds for how the terrain is. Really nice place that I'd love to see. I just lost my head there for awhile. Thanks for snapping me back to attention you guys. I needed that!
 
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Aug 28th, 2003, 07:49 AM
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Liz

I certainly did use Automatic for more than half the photos I took, probably for about two thirds. For the others I used Shutter or Aperture priority which do require understanding but are still not as arduous as full manual.

I'm all for an easy life - what's the point of paying for new technology if it can't make life easier.

Enjoy your trip, don't worry about anything, whatever will be will be and we'll enjoy hearing about it when you return and any photos you share will be a bonus.
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Aug 29th, 2003, 07:08 AM
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Cindy, a BIG thanks for your sharing of the great pictures! Not only did I enjoy the great wildlife shots but the background in select ones added to my appreciation of the different ecosystems in Africa. Since I recently was given (for Fathers Day) a digital camera with the expressed purpose of getting ready for a revisit to East Africa (maybe in 2004) I also appreciated the comments your posting has generated on use of said equipment. I also liked the opportunity to "test" myself on antelope and birds you presented. Great one with the oxpeckers! Again, thanks for sharing.

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