Some images from Botswana (1)

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Some images from Botswana (1)
Jul 1, 2013

Pt 1. houseboat on the Okavango

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Pt 2. Kalahari

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Pt. 3 Moremi (Okavango Delta) & Khwai river (right "next door".

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Pt 4. Savuti

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Pt 5. Chobe

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Trip lasted 16 days and was organized by Sun Safaris in Cape Town. As usual I was very pleased with their services.

The boat on Okavango river was "Ngwesi", the lodge in Kalahari was "Haina", the lodge near Chobe was "Elephant Valley Lodge". Part of this trip (Moremi to Savuti) was "self drive" with a rental 4x4 and all equipment. Camping sites were: 3rd Bridge, Xakanaxa, Mogothlo and Savuti.

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5DMkII with 70-200 F2.8 IS L

50D with 400 F5.6 L

5D MkI with 17-40 L

If you need any other info, just ask!

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Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing them

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Inspiring... Very well done

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Wonderful images. Great to see all the birds - congrats on the Pel's Fishing Owl.

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Great shots! Thanks for sharing.
Approx what % of the shots with the 40D and 400 5.6 were hand held, tripod, monopod? Thinking that might be my next lens for my 60D.

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>>congrats on the Pel's Fishing Owl.

Hey hey, a connoisseur!

Thanks Paul!

J.

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I'd say on this trip most were with the 50D and 400mm. 60-65% or so. A bit atypical, this safari. When I go to Kruger, it's the 5DMkII with the 70-200mm that is used the most. The night drives are partly cause of that

All are hand held. I don't take my monopod anymore on trips like this. I only take that on safaris where you can do a lot of night drives.

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Thanks, I'm impressed with those hand-held shots. Of course the IQ is probably 75% skill and 25% equipment, the gear does look like all I need for my hobbiest pursuits and budget. Would you buy the 400 5.6 again or prefer the 100-400?
Don

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2esetters wrote:

Thanks, I'm impressed with those hand-held shots. Of course the IQ is probably 75% skill and 25% equipment, the gear does look like all I need for my hobbiest pursuits and budget. Would you buy the 400 5.6 again or prefer the 100-400?
Don

Hey Don,

To be honest I don't get why people need monopods etc for wildlife shots in broad daylight. At 400mm you need 1/400s. If I don't get the needed shutter speed I crank my ISO. And I always shoot RAW, and in bursts. That's it.

The shots of the cubs, for example, are taken at least one hour after sunset, at ISO 4000 and 5000. But there's no way you can see that. Not on these small images for web. But not even on my iMac 27" at home.

I had the 100-400 for a while, as a loaner. But at full tele it's a bit soft. Given the choice, I'd go for the 400mm again. But it's true there's a trade-off; sometimes the animal is a bit too close for optimal framing.

Actually... given the choice, I'd probably go for one of those 200-400 F4 lenses.

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Thanks for info and advice. I'd have a 70-300 DO Pn my second body for the closer shots, so the 400 sounds great. Just have to work on my technique. I could trade my car for a 200-400, but then I'd be stuck at home and definately wouldn't have enough reach

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Just a sensational series... stunning!! Thanks.. now I have to spend money getting to Africa

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Fantastic shots!  Makes we want to go back to Botswana.  There's nothing like those sunsets on the Delta is there?

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DanielBme wrote:

Fantastic shots! Makes we want to go back to Botswana. There's nothing like those sunsets on the Delta is there?

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Oh yes there is!

Sunsets in Namibia's Sossusvlei!

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Great set. Beautiful locations and amazing creatures

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Great pics and TFS.

Just wondering if you used a tripod a lot for the bird pictures?

Bryan

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