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the sun setting over Lake Karibia - viewed from Rhino Safari Camp

Sunset over the Zambezi and hills of Zambia, Mana Pools October 2013.   The birds flying above the sun are quellia, returning home to roost in Zambia. Huge flocks of quellia were an unusual feature

Namibian sunset (near Okaukuejo, Etosha, September 2013)

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Whyone?

Sunset over the Zambezi and hills of Zambia, Mana Pools October 2013.

 

The birds flying above the sun are quellia, returning home to roost in Zambia. Huge flocks of quellia were an unusual feature of this years visit to Mana.

 

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South Luangwa NP in November 2013

 

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South Luangwa NP in November 2013

 

Trip report to follow soon @@Paul T ? :)

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I might have a few of these :) . To get started with a recent one: Luangwa, September 2013. A bit of single image HDR so that you can (hopefully) see the buffalo:

 

 

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South Luangwa NP - November 2013

 

As the sun sets, the rains fall in the distance

 

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Whyone?

A weeks worth of sunsets. Many Pools October 2013.

View from tent (Mucheni 3):

 

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The mighty Zambezi with the hills of Zambia in the background
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Similar shot, another evening, Mucheni 3 lies beneath the silhouetted 'sausage tree':
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Walking along the rivers edge, late afternoon:
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Same old view....difficult to tire of it though!
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Ele's, lots of ele's, with the odd hippo thrown in for good measure:
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Well... After seeing so many killer images, I am a bit hesitant about posting the very few amateur sunrise and sunset photos that I have from my only (up to the moment) safari trip, but here we go... I didn't have a tripod, just used the roof bar of the vehicle for partial support.

 

Sorry for the dust particles on the sensor (visible on some photos). Next time I will bring some type of sensor cleaning stuff. I would appreciate if you share your experiences about cleaning the sensor while on safari.

 

Masai Mara, August 2013. :

 

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Wildebeest at sunrise:

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I like all of them - but particularly no. 3 - tha sunset - just enough light on the animals in the foreground - and the landscape

I'd be very wary about trying to clean the sensor when the air is probably full of dust. The only one I really notice it on is no. 5 - an I would imagine you could remove it with software (but I am no expert on that matter!)

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I like all of them - but particularly no. 3 - tha sunset - just enough light on the animals in the foreground - and the landscape

I'd be very wary about trying to clean the sensor when the air is probably full of dust. The only one I really notice it on is no. 5 - an I would imagine you could remove it with software (but I am no expert on that matter!)

Thanks @@TonyQ, No. 3 is actually a sunrise... I started thinking about possibly being able to clean the sensor while on safari exactly because of the excessive dust. The procedure could be done at the camp/lodge, perhaps with a blower and resort to "wet cleaning" only if the blower doesn't help. I just wonder what the others do in such cases - keep shooting and remove the spot(s) later with a software or try to clean the sensor.

 

I am so bad with post processing, that I need to learn how to use the dust removal tool first, it shouldn't be too complicated... :)

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I keep shooting and remove the dust from the images in post processing. It would be so easy to scratch the sensor trying to clean it in a non-dust-free environment.

 

I used to travel with a Visible Dust cleaning kit but decided it was not worth the risk. Change lenses as little as possible and try to keep the open camera body facing down during the change. My 7D does a good job of sensor cleaning when switched on and off compared to early cameras like the 20D I used to use.

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Really nice photos @@FlyTraveler

 

I think one of the "dust bunnies" on no.5 might be a bird? Anyway, all the spots I can see should be easy to remove in any PP program.

 

On my first serious photographic trip, I had very serious issues with sensor dust. The camera I was using at the time did not have any built-in cleaning mechanism.

 

Nowadays in dusty areas I activate the built-in dust cleaning system at least twice a day (morning and mid-day) when I remember, and every few days during a quiet time (no wind) I will use a hand blowerto clean the camera and lenses. I also try to keep lens changes as fast as possible, and so far it seems to be working fairly well.

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Thanks for your comments @@JohnR and @@Peter Connan. The built-in cleaning system of my D700 is constantly engaged, both at start up and shot down. I am also kind of careful during a safari - keep the camera in a zipped pillow case when not in use and rarely change lenses. I'll learn to use the dust removal tool on my editing program (DxO Optics Pro 6), I think that I will get a better idea about the possibilities and limits for cleaning dust spots during post processing.

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@ whyone? particularly like your second image "the mighty Zambezi with the hills of Zambia in the background" …….evocative. Brings back memories immediately.

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Thank you @@marirangwe - it is a particularly typical Mana sunset picture and I don't think it could be easily mistaken for too many other places worldwide.

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Etosha , June 2006 . An old favorite !

 

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Taken in Maun Botswana

 

 

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Makgadikgadi Pans

 

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Rufiji River, Selous, Tanzania

 

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Malaika watching the last rays of the African day!

 

Masai Mara December 2013

 

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