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I first noted our first 20 photos from our 2013 photosafari in January on our website  www.africaraw.com.

I have continued selecting our best photos from the trip to the Kruger, Hwange, Chobe, Caprivi, Etosha, & Kgalagadi parks & there are now 277 wildlife photographs of many mammals & birds in the 2013 portfolio in.
 We still have more to come but lion share is now done & should be complete by end of August.
If interested have a peep at  http://www.africaraw.com/WildlifePhotography/2013-photographic-safari/35535509_FfwdJN#

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:09:35 AM »
Swallow tail bee-eater lands on his favorite perch with yet another meal in the early morning. Taken along the Auob river, Kgalagadi transfrontier park, South Africa. Highly recommended for raptors etc etc etc. We have spent a month each year there for 10 years now.www.africaraw.com

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wildlife of the Kruger National Park
« on: June 05, 2014, 12:11:13 PM »
Good photos especially considering the limited time you had. KNP is a wonderful park  but sightings are soon crowded by other tourists. Thus we prefer the less crowded northern camps e.g. Tsendze & Punda Maria, & go outside the school & public holiday times.

But do not forget the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Much less traffic 7 wonderful opportunities for lions, leopards, & cheetahs. We spend 4-6 weeks a year there in our 4x4 with roof top tent.. Its a harder area to travel i.e. desert than the KNP & a 4wd is preferable. Are 3 camps that allow camping & then tent5ed camps with more expensive chalets orv luxury tents (we cant afford these being pensioners). For a taste of what it offers see our portfolios including that for 2013 in our website www.africaraw.com. Every photo gives the precise place photo was taken e.g. name of waterhole

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If you are interested in wildlife photography in Africa have a peep at www.africaraw.com

We are old age pensioners & have now spent 3-6 months a year in our 4x4 with roof top tent & other accessories digging ourselves out of sand & mud in many wildlife parks all over Africa. We sometimes take a good picture & have discarded thousands in our quest to become good nature photographers. The site has hundreds of photos & also tries to give tips on travel, 4x4 driving i.e. errors we have made, & photography.

 It also includes a blog on wildlife physiology but have not updated this for a year now because of the great deal of work it entailed for a very small readership.

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Sorry about the delay in replying. After our return my wife had a hip replacement & had to turn from trying to be a reasonable nature photographer to being a chef. This is the first time in my life!!!!! Standing in front of all the supermarket shelves with their daunting variety of fauna & flora has also been a great new adventure. My wife has survived my efforts & doing well & so today I returned to the web site.

Thank you for the kind comments. TrabimanUK if you move the mouse to the right upper corner of the photo you will see the link "info". In summary we use Canon equipment IDIV & 7D with white lenses (500mm, 300mm 2.8, & 70-200mm 2.8)

I have previously added in shots from Caprivi area & today started on Etosha where we spent a month, so lots of photos to come, & then I will move to the last month which we spent in the Kgalagadi National Park


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My wife & I  returned in December 2013 from another of our annual solo photographic safaris around Southern Africa. This trip of over 4 months & 20,000Km in our Landcruiser 76 station wagon with roof top tent took us to Kruger, Hwange, Chobe, Bambwata, Etosha & Kgalagadi National Parks. We have over the last weeks been editing & selecting photos for competitions & addition to the portfolio on our website. As January 2014 flashes by the first 50 photographs (Kruger & Hwange) have now been posted in the gallery "2013 photographic safari" in our portfolio in www.africaraw.com.

I will over the weeks wade thru the many picture & post the ones I think are interesting. Constructive criticism will as always be most welcome

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:26:48 PM »
Bought the lens(version 1) a few years ago for wide angle shots of African wildlife in their environment. We shoot in African game parks & ,must mostly stay in the car. I found the animals in foreground were too small & had distortion animals & horizon when lens wide open. Now use my 35-70 lens for the same shots. Find magnification of animals in foreground is what I need.

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Thank you all for the rapid replies & sound advice

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I would appreciate advice. I need new batteries for my 2 IDIVs.
Original LP E4s are difficult to find.

I cannot find any good reviews on the cheaper subsitutes. There are many makes  the prices vary a great deal. "Jupio" is available in the Netherlands & is the most expensive but I dont know of any references that they are better.

I understand the new  LP E4N can be charged on by IDIV charger but will only reach 90% capacity. I acan ccept that because a new charger is very expensive for me. But what worries me are the comments that charging the LP E4N on the LC E4 charger is unsafe. Does anyone have experience with this.

Comments on my quandry about buying a generic LP E4 or rather the LP E4N to charge on my LC E4 charger will be appreciated.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wild dogs at impala kill at savuti in Botswana
« on: February 18, 2013, 11:17:49 AM »
This shot was with a 7D & canon 300mm f 4. It was very early but we were too close for me to use the my favourite 1DIV+500mm f4 lens combination. Their is a big difference in the low light capcity of the two cameras but I dont like to swop lenses in the dusty conditions especially with often rapidly changing events.
The portfolios give all the technical details & i am adding biological notes to the captions. But this is slow work as the editing of the 20,000 photos of the last trip & the biology blog I run on the same site seem to devour an old man's time. I am now also adding newborn elephant, & leopard shots from Savuti.

Comments appreciated ++

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Animal Kingdom / Wild dogs at impala kill at savuti in Botswana
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:12:44 AM »
We left camp in the twilight to travel along the west bank of the flowing Savuti river to Motsipi island in Savuti National Park. As we turned a bend we found the wild dogs devouring an impala kill. every now and then they would stop & scan their surroundings.

oldageadventurers
www.africaraw.com

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:23:19 AM »
Just a brief note about taking gloves if going on a photography safari in Southern Africa. In the Kgalagadi & Kalahari (SA, Namibia, Botswana) temperatures drop to minus 6 at night in winter i.e. July, August. All warms up in the sun by 1100. Since mainly shooting from the car no real problem. But we spend 4-6 months camping in the desert bush in our roof top tent above our landcruiser. Their is often ice on the tent walls in the morning and it would be painful  collapsing the tent & pushing in the folds every morning if I didnt have my Mammuth fingerless gloves with mittens (available in Europe).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: images from our Aug -Nov 2012 photosafari
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:55:26 AM »
Thanks for the kind comments . The technical details & often biological notes on each photo are on the website which is linked to the blue internet icon on the side of the post (www.africaraw.com).

Since our retirement 8 years ago we spend 4-6 months a year roaming the African bush & game parks in our landcruiser with a rooftop tent. Our site gives tips on travel spots, photography, & driving a 4WD for beginnners. Our reports may help other "old age adventurers" who want to start travelling around Africa.

I have also started a blog on the site which concentrates on the physiology of african wildlife e.g. why are female hyenas masculinized. Still lots of work to be done explaining the very  varied & sometimes difficult concepts. But any interesting titbits on nature are also reported e.g. Ianin Woodhouse's use of Van Gogh, Seurat, & Constable & PS to draw attention to deforestation  htpp://blog.africaraw.com

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Animal Kingdom / images from our Aug -Nov 2012 photosafari
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:17:03 PM »
My wife & I are currently editing the photos we took in Kgalagadi, Etosha. Caprivi, Chobe & savuti. here is a picture of lions taken in the very early morning at Chudop Waterhole in Etosha & amartial eagle with its guinea fowl kill




There are many more on our website. Please have a peep.


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