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Jan 17th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Arenít there any matatus/dalla dallas in Paris?
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Jan 17th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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Chances are that I will find some out of work limo driver at the airport and get to the King George V for 50 Euros!

This is one that I will wait on and see what develops upon arrival.

For my short stay in Cape Town last September, right at the airport, we were able to find a private transfer to the Twelve Apostles hotel for about 120 Rand (less than $20). This is not a short drive. Of course, Paris is much more expensive than Cape Town, but I am sure I will find something nice enough for 50 Euros each way.

It is unbelievable that I am already returning. Glad to be able to squeeze in this time of the year, but, quite honestly, I do not even miss Africa yet...it has only been 16 weeks since I returned! Well, better to go before I start longing for it too much, I suppose.

It will be 5 months between this visit and my last visit, while it will be 7.5 months from this visit to the next visit.

Only because I cannot shut up, I am confident that I will have a wealth of information to share. However, more than anything else, I really hope that my wildlife photography improves since last time. It wasn't bad last time around, but with help of my boxing photography, I do hope that I will improve.

(here is my latest little album...I will be covering these same fighters when they fight this weekend) http://www.kodakgallery.com/rocco/azteca_boxing_gym

My boxing photography has made me into a lazier writer, although you wouldn't know it from the amount I write on this forum. Perhaps it makes me lazy for boxing writing, but apparently not for anything Africa related. My one and only boxing article to date:
http://www.fightnews.com/1011.htm

Don't expect a Wayne Hazel-ian type effort from me on the trip report, but it will be a good one with PLENTY of photos! 36.5 days and counting.

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Jan 17th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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Leely,

The trick to pulling it off and adding Tarangire or elsewhere to your trip is to just be impulsive and do it, ignoring any and all consequences!

I was actually able to do it not once (Tarangire Treetops) but twice (King George V) in this very thread. Kinda scary, really, but what is the saying? Whatever doesn't kill me only makes me stronger? (or is that only makes me poorer?)
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Jan 17th, 2006, 10:21 PM
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Patty,

That is too funny!

My "over the top" style is nothing more than a lack of confidence...each time I allow self-doubt to creep in, I upgrade!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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Oh. My. Stars. Go away for a bit and see what you miss out on. I can't fathom reading through this whole thread - Rocco's itineraries really make my head spin.

Paris? When did this happen? Rocco - I of course would like to know your most current plan. Would you consider copying and pasting the latest itinerary to a reply here? Then...as I get time I can go thru the above posts!!! ;-) At any rate - hope everyone is doing well!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 06:52 AM
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OK - never mind. I think I found it. Sheesh! How entertaining all your chatter is. I forgot how much fun this place is! It's a good thing I didn't recommend MY preferred mode into Paris. Yes, Patty, the RER!!! I am cheap. What can I say? I also agree with other posters - any time is a good time to be in Paris!!! Sounds like a wild and fabulous trip, Rocco!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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cooncat,

Glad I could be cheap entertainment for you!

I think that half the fun is in planning the trips. Once it comes time to take the actual trips, with the obscene amount of time that I spent planning, my mind is completely at ease. I know I have done everything in my power to give me the best opportunity at a fabulous holiday.

How is the photography coming along, cooncat???
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Jan 18th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Did you know that dromomania is the compulsion to travel? Therefore Roccco, (and excuse me for my impertenence being so new and not knowing you) it would seem you are a dromomaniac... I think that here, especially on this forum we are all dromomaniacs, are we not?

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Jan 18th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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Dromomaniac - affirmative!
Photography: SSSLLLLLOOOWWW. Really disappointed so far in my 100-400 images. I really need to practice and get the settings right. On the long end, the photos are too soft. Thanks for asking!

And I couldn't agree more. I love the trip-planning process.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 05:13 PM
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Matt,

Well you know...the heroin addiction and gambling on midget wrestling just wasn't working out, so I had to find something to fill my time!


Cooncat,

Which mode are you shooting on? Ever since I learned how, I prefer to shoot on Manual...you just have to find the right combination of shutter speed, apperture (f/stop) and ISO setting. This is the most important thing I have learned so far with my boxing photography and talking to fellow photographers.


Back to my own upcoming trip, I am now 100% booked at each place. I booked a room w/ double bed and canal view at the Canal House for 170 Euros per night (this is about 1/4 the price of the King George V Four Seasons which is also now booked). Now I am just figuring out my next trip for November/early December. I am now also considering Dubai instead of Buenos Aires & Sao Paulo. Buenos Aires & Sao Paulo will require 6 nights as well as 1 night in Joburg. However, I am hopeful that I will be able to do 4 nights in Dubai and 1 night in Joburg. The extra two nights would allow me to add Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe camps, and I would split 4 nights in Mana Pools and 4 nights in Hwange between African Bushcamps (www.africanbushcamps.com) and Wilderness Safaris camps, all while retaining my two nights at Songwe Village in Victoria Falls. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to go white water rafting and possibly even try bungee jumping and microlighting over the falls! This is only, however, if I drop at least 35 pounds by then...would hate to be the fat American that plunges to his death and, as a result, hurts tourism to Zambia!
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Jan 18th, 2006, 06:17 PM
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Roccco, have you seen that video where the guy bungee jumps and a huge croc jumps out of the water right when the jumper hits the water and bounces back up? Pretty incredible. No bungee jumping for me.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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Sundowner,

No I haven't seen that video, but, GEE, THANKS, for the feedback! As if worrying about the cord snapping, or being a little too long was not enough of a concern, now I have to worry about snapping Nile Crocodiles, as well! Hmmmm...I may just skip the bungee jumping.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 07:09 PM
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I think I have it on my computer at work. I'll check tomorrow. I don't think the mental image is enough. You have to see the real thing!
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Jan 19th, 2006, 03:14 AM
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Roc -I mostly use Aperature priority. Sometimes shutter priority to experiment. I also use the "forbidden" green zone. You know, the P&S mode! But I'm trying not to use that. One problem I realized last night is that I wasn't adjusting ISO for the dusk conditions. I really need to get out during the day when it's sunny and see what I can do. It's very disconcerting to say the least. I've always been fairly competent with a camera! I'll be giving manela a try, too. I wish it was a better time of year to be practicing!

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Jan 19th, 2006, 03:16 AM
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Manela? Hmmm... make that manual! (just crawled out of bed!)

Sundowner - do you have a preferred shooting mode for safari?

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Jan 19th, 2006, 03:47 AM
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cooncat2

to avoid your 100-400 pictures getting to soft. Try to avoid f5.6 go to 7.1 or even better 8.0. Also make sure that the shutter speed is fast enough.
I will normally also use photoshop to add a little to the picture.
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Jan 19th, 2006, 05:11 AM
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Thanks Michael. I will try that. Honestly, I thought the more light, the better.
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Jan 19th, 2006, 05:34 AM
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cooncat - my first two safaris with the DSLR, I mainly used AP. If I wanted a real shallow DOF, I used f/2.8 or 3.5. If I wanted to get most of the picture/animal in focus, I used f/11 or higher. If it was real early or late in the day and getting dark I changed the ISO to 800 or 1600.

My last safari, I learned how to use the incident meter which actually gives you the settings to use for manual. The incident meter "measures" the light falling on the subject and tells you the f/stop and the shutterspeed. You do have to make adjustments to avoid blowing highlights or losing detail in dark subjects. Very handy little tool.

If I'm rushed or just don't know what settings to use I use the "green" button also!

My biggest mistake is forgetting to check the ISO. Use 1600 after dark and then the next morning just start taking pictures without changing the ISO back. OOPS!
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Jan 19th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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Thanks Sundowner - I need to be more vigilant about checking the ISO as well. judgin by what you guys are telling me, I need to use lower f stops as well. I'm pretty consistently going wide open for long shots, thinking that I need that light. Lots to learn before May.....

Tell me more about the incident meter. Is this built into the 20D? Ignorance on the sleeve here....

Thanks again!
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Jan 19th, 2006, 10:47 AM
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The incident meter is a seperate hand held device. I found a website that explains it pretty well (and they aren't selling them!). http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...exposure.shtml



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