Small photo album from E. Africa Safari

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Oct 23rd, 2006, 11:34 AM
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Small photo album from E. Africa Safari

Hi Folks,
In case anyone is interested. Just started my photo gallery from Tanzania, Kenya, and Zanzibar- www.techpertise.net/africa. I have about 2000 pics I still need to go through but this is a nice start.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Oh, that lion/Cape buffalo (is it a buffalo or a wildebeest?) snout shot is pretty gnarly. Great though! Terrific album. And I loooove the cheetah photo. And the wildies crossing.

Looks like an excellent trip. Thanks, Brian.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 12:38 PM
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Those pictures are awesome, Brian.
The cheetah cubs and leopard are beautiful. You did an excellant job capturing the frantic river crossings and the snacking, bloodstained lions - they look so lifelike. Look forward to seeing more. Nice site, btw.
p.s. would love to hear about your trip.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Nice photos, Brian, thanks.

You used ISO 800 on all your photos, is this a good setting for daytime shooting on the Safari?

I just bought a Sony H5 for my trip to Kenya next August, trying to learn something about cameras.

How did you get the photo info on the album? It says "Generated by JAlbum 6.5 & Chameleon skin", what is that?

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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:44 PM
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Hey Pat. I went mostly with ISO800 because I wanted to have a fairly quick shutter speed if need be. I did take some 400 also went my light was good. The day I spent in Ngorongoro was rather cloudy so any lower might have killed my shutter speed. I can't talk for your camera but the Canon does fine at the higher ISO speeds. Some don't and you might find more noise on your photos. I would try testing out some pics before you go and see what you think.
JAlbum is a free web album generator. I happen to have my own domain so I posted to it. It worked fairly well for me after messing with it a bit. Intructions are limited but it's free. It also let's you host the gallery from your own hard drive if you are comfortable with it. Just google it if you want to download it.
If you need some photo tips (we all do), try dpreview.com and go to their forums. Excellent source.

Still need to get around to posting my trip report. Seems like there never enuff time in the day. I haven't even got around to our video recordings including the wildebeast crossings.

Thanks for all the complements!
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Hello Brian,
I loved the tree climbing baby cheetahs, the stretching leopard and the lappet-faced vulture close-up. It's a bit worrying though to see the wildebeests surrounding and standing on a mound that would be perfect for a topi.
Thanks for sharing.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:52 PM
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Thanks Brian, one more question.

How did you get these information on your photos? You didn't have to input them manually, did you?

CAMERA: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT | DATE: 8/10/06 4:42 AM | RESOLUTION: 3456 x 2304 | ISO SETTING: 800 | EXPOSURE TIME: 1/1600s | APERTURE: 5.6 | FOCAL LENGTH: 370.0mm | FLASH: Flash did not fire, auto
54 Images | Generated by JAlbum 6.5 & Chameleon skin |

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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:56 PM
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Hi Pat,
JAlbum has the option of displaying what's called the EXIF information. There are free exif viewers you can download- just google it. They will give you all the details of how you shot your photo.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:56 PM
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I'm totally impressed Brian! They are so clear--you can see every strand of fur! Wow.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:00 PM
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I just got to the leopard! Are you sure these aren't from National Geographic!!!!
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 02:15 PM
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Brian -- another technical question -- what lens did you use for these shots? I see a lot of 400mm focal lengths and relatively small apertures, which suggests the Canon 100-400L to me. The reason I ask is that we just bought a new camera for our upcoming trip -- the Rebel XTi, and we got the 100-400L as our primary wildlife lens. Any impressions or tips you could pass along would be helpful.
The pictures are excellent, congratulations. And I second your comment about the very good quality at ISO800 and 1600 -- the noise is very well controlled in our camera as well.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Hey Chris,
Good call. I splurged and got the 100-400L lens. Good choice on your purchase. I have the rebel XT (not XTI).
Tips on the photography-
Dust! It's everywhere. I used a pillowcase but still got quite a bit. This will mess up your small aperture shots and landscapes. I need to clean my up (clone tool) and have not gotten around it. If you don't think your tour group will have a bean bag, buy one. It's so worth it! Nice to lay that heavy lens on it. Always use a lens filter to protect it. Check your histograms often. Get a battery grip. Balances the lens out and gives you lots of life. Another good choice since you are investing, the Epson photo storage/viewer. Great way to load off your CF's and check them out.
Take lots of shots. Try different white balances and exposures. I'll shoot you my e mail if you want more tips....
Thanks all.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 04:55 PM
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On the subject of dust, I was thinking about getting the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly to clean the sensor while we are traveling. The first part of our trip will be in Ethiopia, so there will probably be a good bit of dust. Then the main part of our trip is gorilla trekking, so we will not be in vehicles and I figured we would take walking staff/monopods instead.
For a photo storage device, I have the Creative Labs Zen Vision, which has a CF reader on it. We have been doing a lot of photography practice at the zoo recently, since this is our first DSLR. But I am simply amazed at the resolution and sharpness of that lens, and the IS really helps in lower-light situations.
My email is chrisgts(at)gmail(dot)com. Send me an email and let's talk.
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 05:03 PM
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These are some outstanding highlights. You must have seen the lion kill. It is obvious the lion suffocated the buffalo from your photos. Great river crossings. I really liked the baby cheetahs on the tree and the jumping leopard. It certainly is a nice start!
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Thanks! It was all quite amazing. We caught three crossings. Ngorongoro was amazing but more folks than I would have liked. That's where we caught the lion kill. Serengeti was awesome but the Masai Mara beat it just because we could break up the game drives. Those 9 hour drives are rough at times!
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Oct 23rd, 2006, 08:10 PM
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Great album! We have just returned from our safari and I have yet to begin sorting through the mounds of photos. Yours are all amazing! Loved the cheetahs. Thanks for sharing.

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Oct 24th, 2006, 05:02 AM
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Thanks so much!
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Oct 27th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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Your photos are fantastic!!

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Oct 27th, 2006, 10:30 AM
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These are great photos...nice portraits, but also some great shots that also show the animal in its surroundings. I'm thinking specifically of that beautiful shot of the male lion and the plains rolling out behind him.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 12:54 PM
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Brian: These pictures are so beautiful..I especially love the cheetahs.

Thanks for sharing and am looking forward to more (and your trip report).
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