Botswana – Stuck in Customs

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

Photo Information

  • 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. πŸ™‚

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A Cool Rainy Night in Tokyo

Becoming an Artist Day!

Today, we have a new Africa video for you… that’s right! In this one, I get hands-on with some long exposure night images.

Daily Photo – A Cool Rainy Night in Tokyo

I made this one with my Movie Night Presets that are available now. It’s one of my favorite presets, especially for moody night shots. I almost called it the “Blade Runner Presets” but I didn’t want to run afoul of those persnickety copyright lawyers in Hollywood.

A Cool Rainy Night in Tokyo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-02-01 23:16:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Some Favorite Photos from the Last Africa Trip

Amazing Madagascar

Check out this preview of Madagascar, one of the many places we are going on the upcoming Africa Photo Workshop. I learned all sorts of things about this place… like 80% of the species there are found nowhere else on earth. There’s a whole documentary on Netflix too about it where you get to hear the sweet whispers of Sir David Attenborough!

Of course, the workshop is not just going to Madagascar, but also Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is going to be amazing!

Here’s a collection of some favorites, I can hardly wait for the next one! πŸ™‚

fibonacci

Fresh Kill In the Trees of Botswana

The Dreaded Cape Buffalo

The Rare Wild Serval Hunting at Night

A Black and White Photo

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Blood in the Water

From the Helicopter!

Today’s photo was taken when I was hanging out of the helicopter you see in the video for our photography workshops! Of all things, our pilot was a Kiwi!

Daily Photo – Blood in the Water

We heard over the radio that there was a hippo being attacked by a bunch of crocodiles, so we thought, hey, “Let’s go fly over there and see if the hippo is okay”. As you can see below, he was not.

Blood in the Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-01 08:22:47
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO2000
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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The Sleek Serval

Workshop Fun

Today’s photo reminds me of the workshop we did in Africa! A lot of the footage you see below is from that workshop event… Be sure to check out our Photography Adventures and Workshops page for more info on upcoming events!

Daily Photo – The Sleek Serval

One of my favorite activities in Africa is tracking animals at night for photography. There’s a whole other group of animals that come out to prowl through the night. I kind of thought I knew a bit about animals, but I was so surprised that I hardly knew anything. Some of the names I didn’t even know… like I saw this and I was like, “WHAT KIND OF CAT IS THAT!” Our guide laughed like Mufasa and with a deep vibrating voice he said, “That is a serval my young padawan. A serval.”

The Sleek Serval

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-03 10:07:09
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Out of the Bush

Upcoming Workshops

Be sure to check out our Workshops page for some goodies coming up! This time we changed the time of year for the New Zealand workshop to mix things up a little bit! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Out of the Bush

We stayed and watched these lions for hours on end. They completely ignored us, except for this 1% of the time when I captured this photo. Going back through these photos makes me want to do a serious Africa trip again! I can’t decide if I want to go alone or maybe make a workshop out of it. Maybe I’ll do both, like last time… half the time with the workshop and the other half by myself. It’s a pretty good system, actually, and many of the attendees did the same thing. As long as you’re in Africa, why not spend an extra few days or week there to test out your newfound skills!

Out of the Bush

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-05 05:03:23
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Little Pretty Bird

Book Suggestion

Speaking of the importance (or non-) of knowing the names of things, I recommend a great book from Richard Feynman called “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!” It’s a great read and very fun while insights abound every page.

Daily Photo – Little Pretty Bird

You could add up everything I know about birds and put it into a one-page encyclopaedia. When I was in Botswana, I was with a group that knew a lot about these birds and could name every one of them. I think bird-people are much more patient than I am. I got a few decent bird shots, but mostly I was unlucky and impatient. I do know a lot about bird-law, however.

Little Pretty Bird

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-01 09:00:37
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Zebras and Water Buffalos

Becoming an Artist Season 1

Be sure to Grab Season 1 over in our store to see even more Africa action. There’s a lot more zebra fun where this comes from! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Zebras and Water Buffalos

It’s nice to see these little pods of animals in such close proximity to one another. It was almost like there was some kind of animal-dropper from high above that says, “Oh, let’s put 10 zebras here and 34 giraffes here and 24 elephants over there.” Over a week, you’d think you would see every possible combination, but that’s just not the case. Just looking at these photos makes me want to go back again, and soon! This time I want to bring my kids since they are a little less bite-sized.

Zebras and Water Buffalos

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-02 23:22:40
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Hangry Kitty

Another Photo from Africa!

Here’s another photo from our new Becoming An Artist series! I took this when we discovered a pride of lions under a tree… I could watch these lions forever! Here’s a preview where you can see some of the lions in action.

Daily Photo – Hangry Kitty

I notice my little girls get hangry like this (hungry + angry). I do the same thing I would in these survival situations, just kind of toss meat on the ground and slowly back away.

Hangry Kitty

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-10-05 20:51:49
  • CameraILCE-6000
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length138.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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