Little Lion

This little gem popped up between the bushes and stared at us with interest.
New noises and smells from us were compelling.
The mother was not so sure and was keen to keep their collective distances.

Lion Cub - Kenya
Lion Cub – Kenya

Kenya – we continue

Please check out yesterdays post. It might be interesting.

I have fixed the link issue, but it does take some time, as there’s some sort of background process that builds the link (I think) .. No friggin’ idea really.

Here’s a couple of pics for the day

Masaai Mara Cheetah
Evil Eye Cheetah

Masaai Mara Elephant Angry

Teenage Elephant RampageMasaai Mara Lioness

Sneer Sneer

Kenya – Continued

 

I’ve been putting a lot of pictures up on Facebook which has gone down well, il I must say. For those that look at this / read this,  I hope to add something to the value of each one by perhaps explaining what I did to get the shot or how I processed it. Perhaps I’ll say nothing.

It has been said that the shot is just essentially “Pointing the Camera and pressing the button”, which is quite correct. But there are other considerations as well that make a difference to the final outcome. I use these photo Safaris with experts like Andy Biggs, Chaz Glatzer and Mark Brazil to learn not only about the wildlife and regions we visit, but to explore the ever interesting “process” of getting the shot, shooting the light, available light etc. etc.

The first image is one I quite like, it’s a Lion that’s relaxing before deciding to move to somewhere comfortable or to head off with his mates for some food collection. The light was on him and was rapidly diminishing behind the  horizon. We had made quite the 4WD rock climbing journey to get this spot. I made it black and white and one might notice I’ve left colour in his eye for a bit of fun.

Lion Masaai Mara
Relaxing Sub adult Lion

The next image is a baby Lion cub that was in the last vestiges of light and was playing it up on a rock with its siblings and cousins. There were three females with cubs here and they had been doing a great job of getting food for the brood. For this one I zoomed in to the image and tried to accentuate the expression and pose of the cub. The eyes say it all

Kenya – The Masai Mara

It’s the last day of the trip and I am putting up a taster for some of the images I was happy to have shot while here. the week has been a blast and thanks muchly to Andy Biggs of Andy Biggs Safaris and Chas Glatzer of Shoot The Light for making it such a great trip.

We had the great fortune to come upon an Eland kill over on the part of the Masai Mara where the main migration crossing points are. We were searching for Black Rhino (which we found, more on that later) and came upon the grizzly sight of a pride of lion devouring the remnants of a magnificent Eland. As happens when predators make a big kill on the Mara, the scavengers come out in force to have a piece. This is a White Backed Vulture that’s coming in for whatever morsel it can get.

White Backed Vulture
White Backed Vulture

Kenya – Masai Mara :: Journal

It’s Nairobi, buy a cool day after a longish overnighter from Bangkok.
The clouds have slowly come over during the day and enveloped the skyline. The Ole-Sereni Hotel is right next to the Nairobi National Park and although there’s not much to see (apart from a small buck earlier in the day), canada it still gives the sense of what’s to come.

I’ve been logged on to work messing with the all too important stuff that is done in a modern office environment (That doesn’t involve the endless meetings with people who are only really worried that they have another meeting to go to). This fills in the day nicely as all crises are averted and the matrix (or whatever it is) is balanced so that life can go on.

Ole-Sereni Reception

 

Gear Junkies!!
This year I am taking two bodies and a few lenses. As we’re heading to an “Off-road” reserve the 800/5.6 stays home (now this was unexpected) and the 200-400 on order has to wait for me to return and it to arrive. A spectacular miss in timing that only canon could assist with!!!

Bodies:-

Canon 1Dx – 2x 64 GB CF Cards, the primary being 1000x

Canon 1D4 – 1x 64GB CF card and a 32GB SD card as backup.

Sony RX100 – a knockabout Camera recommended by the irrepressible E.J. Peiker who is not known for recommending crap.

 Lenses:-

EF500/4 IS – Staple lens for a Safari (I reckon). Will be obsolete when the 200-500 arrives.

100-400/4.5-5.6 IS – This is not a bad one. Might be more into the next lens though for some of the environmental imagery I may see.

70-200/2.8 IS – awesome lens this. Even the Mk1 version. I see this getting some use

24-70/2.8 MkII – sits on the camera 80% of the time!!

EF1.4x Teleconverter MkIII – hope this is not used. 2x ones are left at home. Forces me to be creative ??

Other essentials:-

Colorspace UDMA with a 500GB SSD in it. Incredibly reliable and tough, makes the downloads a piece of cake!!

Lenovo X201s – super light and although now getting out of date, it’s still not a bad machine.

 

Believe it or not, that’s it. If Sao was with me on this trip, then it’s almost be double this.

Well, until I hit the mara and actually have an image or two to share……

 

Rob

 

 

Kenya – Masai Mara :: Journal

It’s Nairobi, buy a cool day after a longish overnighter from Bangkok.
The clouds have slowly come over during the day and enveloped the skyline. The Ole-Sereni Hotel is right next to the Nairobi National Park and although there’s not much to see (apart from a small buck earlier in the day), canada it still gives the sense of what’s to come.

I’ve been logged on to work messing with the all too important stuff that is done in a modern office environment (That doesn’t involve the endless meetings with people who are only really worried that they have another meeting to go to). This fills in the day nicely as all crises are averted and the matrix (or whatever it is) is balanced so that life can go on.

Ole-Sereni Reception

 

Gear Junkies!!
This year I am taking two bodies and a few lenses. As we’re heading to an “Off-road” reserve the 800/5.6 stays home (now this was unexpected) and the 200-400 on order has to wait for me to return and it to arrive. A spectacular miss in timing that only canon could assist with!!!

Bodies:-

Canon 1Dx – 2x 64 GB CF Cards, the primary being 1000x

Canon 1D4 – 1x 64GB CF card and a 32GB SD card as backup.

Sony RX100 – a knockabout Camera recommended by the irrepressible E.J. Peiker who is not known for recommending crap.

 Lenses:-

EF500/4 IS – Staple lens for a Safari (I reckon). Will be obsolete when the 200-500 arrives.

100-400/4.5-5.6 IS – This is not a bad one. Might be more into the next lens though for some of the environmental imagery I may see.

70-200/2.8 IS – awesome lens this. Even the Mk1 version. I see this getting some use

24-70/2.8 MkII – sits on the camera 80% of the time!!

EF1.4x Teleconverter MkIII – hope this is not used. 2x ones are left at home. Forces me to be creative ??

Other essentials:-

Colorspace UDMA with a 500GB SSD in it. Incredibly reliable and tough, makes the downloads a piece of cake!!

Lenovo X201s – super light and although now getting out of date, it’s still not a bad machine.

 

Believe it or not, that’s it. If Sao was with me on this trip, then it’s almost be double this.

Well, until I hit the mara and actually have an image or two to share……

 

Rob

 

 

Namibia – from 2007

I walked around and photographed nearly every tree I reckon……

Life, a fragile reminder as the life blood of this small copse of trees was taken by the monoliths in the Background.

Ah the futility, as the tree stands as a monument to a different age.

Deadvlei - a perspective
Deadvlei - a perspective