Africa – Stuck in Customs

Beautiful Children in Zimbabwe

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Daily Photo – Beautiful Children in Zimbabwe

Look how cool all these kids are! I spent the day at a special village festival in a remote part of Zimbabwe. Wow these kids were absolutely amazing. They were some of the happiest kids I’ve ever met. They are all very poor (by any standard), they have no tech, they have no healthcare, they have no YouTube… despite all that, they were the most joyous kids I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of hard to tell in this particular photo because there was a rather “serious” part of the festival so the mood was complex.

Beautiful Children in Zimbabwe

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  • Date Taken2019-09-22 05:27:07
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length105.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

New Show Recommendation

If you haven’t wanted “Succession” yet, be sure to put it on your list. It reminds me a little of “Billions,” but the writing and characters are even better.

Daily Photo – Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

This is one of my favorite random shots from Zimbabwe. Check out this mother and son while they are walking to the big festival. I loved her white outfit and the shape of the lines across her body as they matched with her son. I’m not sure why she was wearing white; I should have asked her! 99% of everyone else at the festival was dressed in all kinds of fanciful colors.

Walking to the festival in Zimbabwe

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  • Date Taken2019-09-22 02:57:56
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length57.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Mobile in Madagascar

Passport Sunday 360 Video

Today, for you awesome Passport Members, I have a new 360 video when I am taking photos in Madagascar!

Exploring Madagascar

While on a 4-hour road trip in Madagascar, we stopped for lunch in some random town. I recorded a quick video here to show you a little bit of what I saw while there. Sorry in advance for the abrupt ending – the battery on the 360 ran out! ๐Ÿ™

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Daily Photo – Mobile in Madagascar

Here’s one of the many mobile phone photos I took while in Africa. If you want to see some of my favorites here is a link to my favorite 20 or so. Enjoy!

Mobile in Madagascar

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  • Date Taken2019-11-19 08:18:29
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  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
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  • Focal Length
  • Flash
  • Exposure Program
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Baobab Trees of Madagascar

Luminar 4

Today’s photo reminds me that I used it as an example to show some of the new features of the new Luminar. There are about 20-30 different skies you can automatically swap out. One of the cooler aspects of the tool is that if you choose a sunset sky, it actually changes the tone of everything not in the sky as well. It’s adjustable so you can make it look incredibly realistic.

Baobab Trees of Madagascar

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The Massive Victoria Falls

A New Article

Below is a new article that came out about me living here in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was written by my good friend Miranda Spary. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Massive Victoria Falls

Right on the border of Zambia is the amazing Victoria Falls. It’s considered the “biggest” in the world because it has the widest “sheet” of falling water in the world. The best time to visit it is actually towards the end of the year in the “low season” because when there is maximum water flow, there is so much mist that you can’t even see the waterfall!

The Massive Victoria Falls

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  • Date Taken2019-09-28 03:42:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture13
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length45.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Elephants at the Last Watering Hole

A Group of Elephants

Okay, well now I feel dumb. I’ve mistakenly told many people that a group of elephants is called an “Intelligence” of elephants. But now that I look it up, I’m not so sure about that. I think it’s a great name for a group of animals, like a “Murder” of crows or a “Crash” of hippos. But now that I look it up, I see the group-naming may be a “Parade” or a “Memory.” It makes me wonder who is in charge of all this naming business. Anyone have a good contact with the OED I can ask?

Daily Photo – Elephants at the Last Watering Hole

While in Zimbabwe, our workshop (come to my New Zealand one!!) stopped under a tree for about two hours of silence. We were waiting for elephants to come by one of the last watering holes in the dry season. If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know that elephants are my favorite animal! Well, to be specific, it’s my favorite mammal. My favorite water-based animal is a type of cephalopod is the cuttlefish, but they are harder to photograph.

Elephants at the Last Watering Hole

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  • Date Taken2019-07-22 02:01:07
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Boy in Zimbabwe

Daily Photo – Boy in Zimbabwe

What an amazing day we had at the little village festival. There were about 100 kids there and we had the best time hanging out with them. They were totally fascinated by us and our cameras… they probably thought we were total freaks! These were some of the happiest and most curious kids I’ve ever seen… I think hanging out with children in Africa might just be even better than hanging out with the animals!

Boy in Zimbabwe

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  • Date Taken2019-09-22 05:42:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Come to my New Zealand Workshop!

Today, if you’re a Passport Member you get to see a new 360 video from our recent workshop in Africa! We had a ton of fun… and you’ll get to hear a little from some of the guests!

You can see more about what happens on the workshop here.

More from Africa!

A few weeks ago, I shared a 360 video where I talked to a few of the workshop members that joined me in the wilds of Africa. This year you get to hear even more… I think my favorite one was when Phillipa and I were talking and lemurs were jumping all over us! ๐Ÿ™‚

(As always with 360 video you can turn the video around while watching.)

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Tracking Male Lions in Botswana

New Tutorial in the Works!

Now that I’m back in the studio in New Zealand after 4-5 months on the road, I’m getting organized! One of my to-do items is to put together a new tutorial I recorded while in Africa. If you’re a Passport Member then you’ll see a few sneak peeks along the way!

Daily Photo – Tracking Male Lions in Botswana

I didn’t see a male lion until my fourth trip to Africa! I don’t know why, but I kind of thought these guys would be all over the place. They’re not endangered or anything, but they are quite elusive. Male lions are not as elusive as leopards or wild dogs, but they are quite hard to find. I had this amazing guide and he didn’t mind me asking dumb questions. It turns out that male lions are hard to find because they basically sleep most of the day in tall grass, do nothing to help the kids, and, when they’re not being lazy, they are thinking about being lazy. We came across a few males… and one took a break from his laziness to climb on top of this log to appear to be rather majestic.

Tracking Male Lions in Botswana

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  • Date Taken2019-07-17 19:28:48
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length289.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday!

We’re in Africa for Passport Sunday this week and in glorious 360 to boot as I chat with some of the lovely people below. This was taken just as we were heading off to another location on part 1 of my Africa photo adventure/workshop.

Delving into the minds of my workshop friends

I’m out in Africa at the moment (probably Madagascar when you’re reading this) running a couple of back to back photography adventures. During the first workshop I grabbed a few of the attendees for a quick chat about what they will take away from the experience. It’s always fun to hear what people pick up on, especially those who’ve joined one of my trips before. (Next up on the workshop front is New Zealand in April… which is fall/autumn in upsidedownland… Come join me!)

Oh, and remember, you can grab the camera view and spin it to look around as you watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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