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Roccco Sep 22nd, 2005 05:48 AM


In Zambia we did not come across any especially big tuskers, but in the next few days I will be posting my photos taken at Simbambili in the Sabi Sand that is the single most impressive elephant I have ever seen. I saw a similar elephant at the L.A. Zoo, with this HUGE pair of tusks, but I never expected to see one in the wild.


I had trouble adjusting to my monopod and the only time I really used it was for a lion kill of an impala that my wife and I enjoyed for about 90 minutes. However, in that instance, I screwed up on the camera setting and probably should have turned off the flash, as it was about 4PM in the afternoon, and the lighting was perfect. Nothing I cannot fix on Photoshop, but the photos are a bit overexposed right now.

I did often have the camera on high shutter speeds to compensate for camera shake, but other times, I got away with speeds as low as about 1/60th of a second, and this with my zoom lens pretty extended.

It is worth mentioning that my hands REALLY hurt the first couple days of this trip, working with the Canon 20d and the 80-400mm lens. However, afterwards, I adjusted nicely to the weight of the lens.

Roccco Sep 22nd, 2005 06:27 AM

I am attempting to upload about 30 photos right now, from my first game drive at Chongwe River Camp. This was when my wife and I spent about 90 minutes with a pride of four lions (3 adult lionesses and a 2 year old male cub) on a kill of an impala.

For some reason the upload is going very slow, so I don't know if they will all get up since I am just allowing my computer to run while I go to work.

I will continue adding to the Chongwe River Camp photo album tonight, as well as writing my review of Chongwe River Camp.

Thanks for the interest.

atravelynn Sep 22nd, 2005 08:28 AM

Looks like you had a great trip indeed. Some lovely light on buffalos and elephants. Have fun with your pics on Photoshop.

Patty Sep 22nd, 2005 10:43 AM

Photoshop? That's cheating! ;)

Kavey Sep 22nd, 2005 11:06 AM

Rocco, instead of loading full size images to kodakgallery, I'd suggest making copies of the images first into a kodakgallery folder and then resizing them all to about 600 pixels on their longest side.

Quicker to upload, quicker for us to view and no strangers will order prints of your images without you ever knowing or receiving a penny for them... unless they WANT passport photo size prints of your photos!!!

Roccco Sep 22nd, 2005 04:01 PM


Thanks for the advice.

Fortunately, my best photos are yet to come. :)

Roccco Sep 24th, 2005 12:34 PM

Kavey (or anyone else),

How do I do what you recommended? I don't know how to upload them to a Kodak Gallery folder and then resize to a smaller resolution.


moremiles Sep 24th, 2005 02:10 PM

Great photos and can't wait to see the rest. Wish I was heading to Zambia soon!

sundowner Sep 24th, 2005 02:36 PM

Resize them in Photoshop. Go to
Duplicate (make a copy)
Image Size
Then change the size to maybe 650 x 400 pixels. That would still make a fairly large size print so you could go smaller.


When you go to close the duplicate image (or the original for that matter) it will ask if you want to save the changes. If you made a duplicate image, you can make a new folder and file the duplicate pictures in that folder. (If you don't know how to make a new folder, do SAVE AS and it brings up a window and at the top it will have a file folder with a green arrow and another file folder with a sunburst looking thing. The sunburst one makes a new folder and you can name it anything.) Name it something like "kodakgallery Chongwe River" and you'll know all the pictures in that folder are duplicates (not originals) and that you uploaded them to kodakgallery.

Never make changes on your originals in Photoshop. Always make a copy and save the copy. If you save changes on the original, you can never get the original back. As you learn more in Photoshop you can go back to some of your originals and make them better.

Roccco Sep 25th, 2005 02:53 PM

Just posted about 70 new photos this morning. Last count is 176 photos and I will try to add more today.

Highlights include bike ride through Mfuwe, Luangwa River Lodge accomodations, plenty of elephants including those right in camp at Chongwe River Camp and more Tiger Fishing photos.

Enjoy! :)

thit_cho Sep 25th, 2005 03:31 PM

Rocco, great additions. I don't remember reading about the buffalo rescue -- I would have thought the SLWC would have left the buffalo to perish in the mudhole, but I'm sure they have their reasons for interfering.

Also, great photos of elephants in camp, including some where you could see how close you are.

But, I really like the photos of the stuff that's tough to photograph, like the hare and the elephant shrew. I've seen lots of scrub hares on night drives but haven't been able to photo any of them, and I haven't seen an elephant shrew yet (closest was wild gerbils around Sossosvlei in Namibia).

Thanks for posting.


PS -- I'm about ready to dust off my camera equipment b/c I leave in a little less than one month (October 21) for Churchill, Manitoba to photograph polar bears (short trip, but should be interesting). I need to research filters to see what's best for arctic conditions.

safarinut Sep 25th, 2005 07:48 PM


Excellent photos!

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed report.

Can't wait for Simbambili!

Roccco Sep 25th, 2005 09:04 PM


I have added some other interesting photos since you last visited:

Snake Eagle
Right Whales (from Hermanus Whale Watching)

Somewhere hiding in my files is a decent photo of a Civet. This was VERY hard to get and while not the best shot is still a decent shot.


I am currently downloading 130 more photos. This should get me up to about 500 photos total. Included in this download are a lot of photos from Simbambili, including a huge Tusker elephant, leopards, including a mother and her 7 month old cub on a duiker kill, and rhinos.

Hopefully I will be able to download the remainder of my photos in the next couple days.

It will take me weeks, however, to put my best images through Photoshop Elements. Once I do, I will make a new album of my favorites, hopefully narrowing it down to 100 or so photos.

Thanks for the interest.

Kavey Sep 26th, 2005 04:21 AM

Can't wait to view the latest additions - something to look forward to when I get home tonight...


schlegal1 Sep 26th, 2005 05:47 AM


Love the new additions. Especially the rabbit, shrew and porcupine. DH is jealous of the fish eagle in flight photos--on our trip he was contantly trying to photograph birds in flight and never really got a good one. Also, the pod of hippos where just eyes and ears fill the shot is excellent!

cooncat Sep 26th, 2005 06:41 AM

Whew! You've really added a lot of photos...they look great from a glance but I'll have to really check them out tonight! Thanks for posting so quickly!!!


thit_cho Sep 26th, 2005 07:02 AM

Rocco, some real interesting photos -- needless to say, great leopard photos at Simbabilli, but also real nice owl, porcupine, genet, mongoose. The Big 5 are much easier to get great photos of that the small critters, and you've gotten some excellent photos of some less seen stuff.

Roccco Sep 28th, 2005 07:32 PM


Thanks for all of your comments within my photo album! :)

For those who have not yet done a slide show of my photo album, I believe the photos are bigger and nicer when viewed in the slide show instead of individually.

I realize there are still quite a few photos that need to be rotated, and I promise to do this by this weekend, as well as adding more photos! :)

Roccco Sep 30th, 2005 10:47 AM

topping for Banson

girlpolo33 Oct 1st, 2005 09:19 AM

Rocco, your leopard photos are stunning. I'm very tempted to add a stay at Simbambili to my 2006 Horseback Safari, based on your photos! It was reassuring to read the backstory on the mother and cub, because it looks like she's going to kill the poor little thing in the photos. Thanks for sharing these remarkable pictures : )

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