Sony a6400 – Stuck in Customs

Intense Baboon

Virtual Barber Shop

My friend Rene sent this to me… close your eyes and use headphones! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Intense Baboon

These guys look pretty docile but you don’t want to get on their bad side. Some of you may know this already, but the more forward-facing the eyes are (like a wolf), the more of a predator they are. The more the eyes are on the side (like a horse), the more they are often prey. So this will give you a pretty good idea what side of the equation the baboon is on! ๐Ÿ™‚

Intense Baboon

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  • Date Taken2019-09-21 17:20:05
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length459.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Mom and Baby Elephant

Travel Photography Tutorial

If you haven’t gotten my New Tutorial, which is currently on sale, then you’re really missing out! Here’s a trailer for it:

Daily Photo – Mom and Baby Elephant

I don’t know if that’s a mom or dad. I’m just assuming it’s a mom because, if I were a baby, I’d feel like my mom is more likely to take care of me while dad is off rolling around in some mud pit with his friends. You can see some of this footage in the video above!

Mom and Baby Elephant

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:04:13
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Unhorny White Rhino

Daily Photo – Unhorny White Rhino

It’s very rare to see white rhinos in the wild, so we were pretty lucky to see them in Zimbabwe. One thing I didn’t know is that the park rangers cut off all their horns so that they are not attractive targets to poachers. Kinda sad, eh? Seeing a rhino without his horn is like seeing a giraffe without his neck!

Unhorny White Rhino

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-26 21:11:58
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length594.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Serious Male Lion

Daily Photo – Serious Male Lion

The whole time I was there in Botswana, I think I only saw male lions twice, so you can imagine how exciting that was. There was one surprising thing that made photography a little difficult in that these guys can be surrounded by a huge cloud of flies. So I had to spend about half an hour in Photoshop to get rid of all of them… they were just distracting and made the lion look dirty.

Serious Male Lion

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:07:09
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Male Lion in the Wild

Duncan Trussell on Joe Rogan

I’m trying to turn more people on to this Duncan dude! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Male Lion in the Wild

On our second day in Botswana, we were lucky enough to see this mature male lion. The previous time I was in Africa, I didn’t see a male lion for over two weeks. I don’t know if that was just bad luck or what. The guides always say that luck is a huge factor, but it also depends on each game reserve. This one was a bit smaller and the guides already had a really good idea of where these males lounge about during the day.

Male Lion in the Wild

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  • Date Taken2019-07-17 19:29:05
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length266.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Angry Cat Lady

Daily Photo – Angry Cat Lady

Man, can you imagine what it would be like to be bitten by an angry lion like that? It’s probably best to stay on her good side. Most of these lions lounge around all day long and never really have many interesting expressions, but if you’re patient enough, you’ll see this once in a blue moon.

Angry Cat Lady

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  • Date Taken2019-07-18 02:08:37
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length463.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Baby Lions Relaxing

Great Podcast – The Dream

I don’t remember who turned me onto this podcast called The Dream (that link is on Stitcher but you can find it on any platform) but it’s great! I’ve never listened to episodic podcasts before… it’s a really interesting deep dive into MLMs/Pyramid Schemes. It’s fun, funny, and shocking! I mean, I knew all of that stuff ahead of time… I know what goes on, but to listen to some of their findings was incredible. She’s a great storyteller too.

Daily Photo – Baby Lions Relaxing

It must be fun to be baby lions, I mean unless you are being eaten. These two sisters already had their two siblings eaten by hyenas. The mom (behind them) has to leave for a few hours a day to feed and bring back snacks… sometimes while mom is gone the kids get munched on a bit.

Baby Lions Relaxing

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-09-17 17:41:39
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length326.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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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

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  • 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
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Adventuring in Botswana

World Animal Population

I thought this little graphic animation was kinda interesting!
https://www.reddit.com/r/educationalgifs/comments/dfwfld/animals_population_comparison/

Daily Photo – Adventuring in Botswana

Male lions may be the laziest animal of all. I just looked it up to confirm and they literally sleep 20 hours a day. It does make me think about the nature of sleep… I think when you sleep, you get into another world. Maybe they’ve evolved so that they can be in that other world way longer than humans. We call it “lazy,” but maybe they actually have a bit more insight into the nature of reality than we do.

Adventuring in Botswana

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  • Date Taken2019-09-17 19:28:54
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length571.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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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
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