Private Group Photo Trip to Tanzania

Posted July 27th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I’ve just returned from leading a private group photo trip to Tanzania for five people. We had quite an adventure photographing the beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife throughout Tanzania’s northern national parks. Here are a few photos from the journey. Enjoy.

By the way, our next group trip to Tanzania is scheduled for November, 2013 and is sold out. After that, we have a trip scheduled for November, 2014 through the Nikonians Academy.

Male lion at sunrise in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Male lion at sunrise in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Bee eaters

Bee eaters. Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

elephants

Young elephants playing in Silale Swamp, Tarangire NP. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Love birds

Love birds on branch, Tarangire NP. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Black rhino

Black rhino in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Umbrella acacia

Umbrella acacia tree on the Serengeti plains. Nikon D600, 70-200mm f/2.8

lion

Old male lion in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Elephants in shade

Elephants enjoying the shade from the Serengeti mid-day sun. Nikon D600 24-70mm f/2.8.

Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard in acacia tree, Tarangire NP. Nikon D800, 200-400mm f/4, 1.4x TC.

Giraffe

Giraffe on the Serengeti plains. Nikon D600, 24-70mm f/2.8.

 

 

 

 





Under Tanzanian Skies

Posted April 11th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel  |  Permalink

I love the sky in Tanzania.  The daily afternoon thunderstorms almost alway guarantee some type of dynamic light that begs to be captured by your camera. It is easy to point your camera towards the heavens, but the challenge is to find a way to juxtapose wildlife or an austere landscape underneath those dramatic skies. This combination of amazing sky and wildlife/landscape is one of my reoccurring photo goals each time I travel to Tanzania.

Here are some attempts from our last photo safari with the Nikonians Academy.

Zebra in Tarangire. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0 and Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Zebra in Tarangire. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 and Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Elephants and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Elephants and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Elephant dwarfed by baobab tree. Tarangire NP. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Elephant dwarfed by baobab tree. Tarangire NP. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Approaching storm and young male lion in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Approaching storm and young male lion in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Acacia tree, rain storm and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Acacia tree, rain storm and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Dead tree on the Serengeti. Nikon D300s, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Dead tree on the Serengeti. Nikon D300s, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.





Night Sky Photography in Tanzania

Posted February 14th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

One of my favorite things to do on Safari in Tanzania is to photograph the amazing night sky. There is almost zero atmospheric pollution and on clear nights it feels as if you are a part of the cosmos. Here are a few shots of the starry nights in Tanzania.

Kikoti tent camp in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Kikoti tent camp in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

The above shot is a composite of two images. I exposed the first image for the tent and the shadows. It is lit up so well because there were very small lanterns all around the camp area. To the naked eye, the lighting was incredibly dim. However, when I photographed the scene with a really long exposure, the building burned in and lit up like it was in daylight.

I exposed the second photo in the sequence for the stars using a high ISO and a relatively short exposure. I didn’t want the stars to blur from a long exposure, so I needed to use an ISO of about 3200, aperture of f2.8 and shutter speed about 5 seconds.

Back at my office in the USA, I brought the images into Photoshop to do a little bit of cleanup and white balance fine tuning. My final step was to use Nik HDR Efex Pro to merge them and perform a mild HDR process.

Morning twilight above Serengeti camp. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Morning twilight above Serengeti camp. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

This photo above is from a single shot taken with a Nikon D700. I exposed for the sky which meant that the foreground was almost completely black. Since the shot was taken in 14 bit RAW, I knew I could brighten the foreground with the right digital tool set. I used Nikon Capture NX2 and and four Control Points to gently brighten the foreground.

Star-filled sky above Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Star-filled sky above Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

This green colored sky is the result of an image I took with my Nikon D700 at Ngorongoro Crater. I’m still not quite sure why the sky has this interesting color cast, but I love the result. The shot was taken at ISO 6400 and the exposure time was about 5 seconds long.

Luxury tent camp in the morning blue hour. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Luxury tent camp in the morning blue hour. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Sometimes the clouds get in the way of your night photography (above). In these cases, take the photo anyways! You might just be surprised with the final pic.





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