January 2015 Visual Adventures Newsletter is Posted

Posted January 30th, 2015 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Our January 2015 Newsletter is posted here: http://visadventures.com/newsletters/2015-01-newsletter/

This month we have lots of great topics including a review of the Nikon D750 in Tanzania, a review of the Uplift adjustable height desk, a Lightroom tutorial and more.

In This Month’s Newsletter

– Stuff I Like This Month
– January GOAL Assignment: B-Roll and Secondary Subjects
– Field Report: Using the Nikon D750 In Africa
– Product Review: Uplift Desk
– Digital Tidbits: The Lightroom Solution for Cloudless Skies
– Workshop and Business Updates

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New Mike Hagen Workshops Added

Posted April 13th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

We’ve just posted new Nikonians Academy workshops for Seattle and San Diego this September and December as well as a brand-new trip to Tanzania scheduled for November 4 – 11, 2014. Our classroom topics in Seattle and San Diego will include Mastering the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000, Mastering Lightroom 4, and Masering the Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, CLS.

For the existing trips in 2013, we have two seats remaining for our July 2013 photo adventure to Iceland, and four seats remaining for our November 2013 photo safari to Tanzania.

Be sure to check back soon as we’ll be adding 2014 excursions to Iceland and Galapagos in the coming weeks.

Follow this link to sign up: www.nikoniansacademy.com.

Mike Hagen Nikonians Academy Workshops

 

 





Nikon 1 V1 Images from Tanzania

Posted November 29th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a Nikon 1 V1 camera with me to Tanzania this November to test out. B&H Photo and Video provided the test camera that included the Nikon 1 V1, 10mm f2.8, 10-30mm zoom and 30-110mm zoom. I’m currently writing an in-depth summary of my experience with the camera that should be published within the next week or so. In the mean time, I thought I’d post a few pics from this ingenious new camera system. Enjoy!

Cape Buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Cape Buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young male lion on kjope. Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1 30-110mm.

Young male lion on kjope. Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1 30-110mm.

Nogorongoro Crater at sunset. Nikon 1 V1 10-30mm.

Nogorongoro Crater at sunset. Nikon 1 V1 10-30mm.

Superb Starling, Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Superb Starling, Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Red Headed Agama lizard, Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Red Headed Agama lizard, Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Rainbow at sunset in Lake Manyara NP. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Rainbow at sunset in Lake Manyara NP. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Two male lions in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Two male lions in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Dusk landscape in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Dusk landscape in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young zebra legs, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young zebra legs, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Masai boy, Northern Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 10-30mm.

Masai boy, Northern Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 10-30mm.

Aloe plant, Serengeti NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Aloe plant, Serengeti NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.





Off to Tanzania

Posted November 1st, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Off to Tanzania for a few weeks for photos of amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes. I’ll be testing out some new camera gear (Nikon 1 and Nikon P7100) while creating new images and enjoying the company of 11 intrepid adventurers.

See you on the flip side in mid-November!

Elephants in Tarangire NP

Elephants in Tarangire NP

Raptor, Tarangire NP

Raptor, Tarangire NP

The search for water, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The search for water, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania





How Close?

Posted February 17th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

When I talk to people about what it is like on an African photo safari, one of their first questions is wanting to know how close the animals get to the vehicles.

The answer?

CLOSE!

The thrill of having a leopard walk by your front bumper or a lion lean up against your door is undeniably cool. The first time you get that close to a big, beautiful, dangerous animal is absolutely amazing and you never forget the surge of adrenaline.

Here are some shots from our last safari in Tanzania that show how close the animals frequently come to our Land Cruisers.

Leopard in the Seronera region of the Serengti. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8.

Leopard in the Seronera region of the Serengti. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8.

Zebra in Ngorongoro Crater.

Zebra in Ngorongoro Crater.

Lion and license plate in Ngorongoro Crater.

Lion and license plate in Ngorongoro Crater.

Serval and vehicles in Ngorongoro Crater.

Serval and vehicles in Ngorongoro Crater.

Two lions taking a rest underneath the safari vehicle.

Two lions taking a rest underneath the safari vehicle.

Leopard watching people in safari vehicle. Tarangire NP.

Leopard watching people in safari vehicle. Tarangire NP.

Leopard by front bumper in Tarangire NP.

Leopard by front bumper in Tarangire NP.





Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 Announced

Posted January 17th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

Nik Silver Efex Pro is one of my favorite programs for creating black and white images. The great news is that Nik has just publically announced Silver Efex Pro 2.  I’ve been using the beta version to create some black and white conversions and can’t wait for the final version. Here are a couple samples.

Leopard in Tarangire. Converted to black and white in the beta version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Original image Nikon D300s, Nikon 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC.

Leopard in Tarangire. Converted to black and white in the beta version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Original image Nikon D300s, Nikon 200-400mm f4, 1.4x TC.

Elephant herd in Tarangire, NP, Tanzania. Image converted to black and white in beta version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Original image Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8.

Elephant herd in Tarangire, NP, Tanzania. Image converted to black and white in beta version of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Original image Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8.

More info here: www.niksoftware.com/sep



					
					
					



People of the Masai

Posted November 24th, 2010 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Last week while in Tanzania, we took a day trip up to the Loliondo region of the northern part of the Serengeti. One of the local Masai tribes is very friendly to photographers, so our group spent a few hours getting to know some new friends! What a great time. Here are some images from the Masai as they danced, laughed, posed and hammed it up for the camera.

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Elementary School Slide Show

Posted May 8th, 2009 by   |  Travel  |  Permalink

I’m headed out the door to give an Africa presentation and slide show to a group of elementary school children. There’ll be about one hundred kids. I’m dressing up in my safari outfit, bringing my big Nikon lenses and playing loud African music. Should be great fun!





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