Botswana – Stuck in Customs

Male Lion in the Wild

Daily Photo – Male Lion in the Wild

How cool are lions? These male lions are particularly cool looking, even though they spend most of the day doing almost nothing. I seriously think they nap about 20 hours a day, so I was lucky to see this guy. He was basically simply walking from one nap location to the next!

Male Lion in the Wild

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  • Date Taken2019-07-17 19:28:42
  • CameraILCE-6400
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length553.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Intense Baboon

Virtual Barber Shop

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

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! πŸ™‚

Intense Baboon

Photo Information

  • 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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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! πŸ™‚

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

Photo Information

  • 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

Photo Information

  • 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
  • Exposure Bias

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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
  • Exposure Bias

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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
  • Exposure Bias

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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. 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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