Zimbabwe – Stuck in Customs

Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

Look what happens when…

…lightning strikes sand!

Daily Photo – Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

It’s amazing what people carry on their heads here! I noticed they start training the girls quite early with lighter loads. They actually put a little ring on their heads (sort of like a bean bag) that sort of flattens out the surface area so they can put anything on top. We went out to watch the sunset and saw these ladies walking miles back to their homes across the sand. It makes you wonder why people in the modern West complain about doing the laundry.

Doing Laundry in Zimbabwe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-23 03:00:14
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length600.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Rene Jumping Over Jonatas in Zimbabwe

Crazy Beatbox

This might be the best guy I’ve ever seen!

This guy has serious talent one of my favorite videos of all time from videos

Daily Photo – Rene Jumping Over Jonatas in Zimbabwe

Rene is definitely a climber and a jumper. In Africa, if a baboon could climb it, then he was pretty sure he could too. It made me quite nervous, actually… I’m not personally scared of heights, but I mostly don’t want to watch other people do that stuff… especially when they are your friends!

Rene Jumping Over Jonatas in Zimbabwe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-24 10:21:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length39.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Victoria Falls from Above

Naval’s Podcast

Here is an excellent podcast from Naval. It’s a bit business-oriented, but there is also great life advice in here too. One cool thing about the podcasts is that each one is only about 2 minutes long. That Naval gets to the point!

Daily Photo – Victoria Falls from Above

On the way here, we had this strange female pilot. It was a little Cessna plane and I was sitting up where the co-pilot sits. She was getting up into the plane (it’s a long way up) and I offered her my hand to give her a boost up. She kind of snapped at me and said, “I’m not THAT old!” I was thinking… jeez lady, just being nice. But, she was at least cool enough to tilt the plane right and left as we went over the falls so we could get this God’s eye view.

Victoria Falls from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-27 05:36:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length184.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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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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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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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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. 🙂

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