Africa. Lessons Learned.

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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    @adamz- More to come :)
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    edited April 2013
    Not real sharp. We were driving by in the pop-top land rover, in shade, with no VR. Very hard to get. As soon as we stopped he flew away. The night before my D5000 took a 12" dive to hard tile. The focus ring had a light "snag". Took a while to work out. Lesson-Don't drop your camera the night before your safari. Out of the best burst from my D5000.
    Grey Headed King Fisher. Lake Manyara National Park.

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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    These guys look like menacing old men.
    Marabou Stork. Ngorongoro Crater.

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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    Lazy Day for the big cats.

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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
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  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,585Member
    Enjoyed the info and pictures. Thanks.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    My apologies for not keeping up with my own thread. Family, school and work have eating all of my time. Another gear related tip is rent the gear you want to bring. If you think you can rent gear online and have delivered in country, think again. It will take weeks or months to get there and may have to clear the county-of-entry customs which can take weeks. Djibouti's FedEx and DHL took two weeks for anything to clear customs.
    Be sure to rent to cover all of your travel time and possible delays in travel + insurance :-bd
    Just remember to test your gear before you leave.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    edited February 2014
    Yours truly Matt Holmes, at the Ngoitokitok Picnic Area, Ngorongoro Crater November 2011.

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    All of the photos in the thread were taken with a D5000+Tamron 18-250.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    Prepare to get dirty.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    edited February 2014
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  • michael66michael66 Posts: 231Member
    Wow! Really great shots from the world's largest zoo! :-))

    But we want more!
  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    edited February 2014
    Maasi jumping contest. Tanzania.

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  • henryvshenryvs Posts: 27Member
    Thanks @Dredden85 for this thread. Lots of great insights here from your experience that resonate with my travels to East Africa as well. Great photos too!

    I am still new to this forum, so if this isn't the correct way to share my images please kindly redirect me, but here are a few from Tanzania, taken in 2009:

    An elephant in the Ngorongoro Crater
    http://www.culturesnap.ca/eastafrica/h1bba8df9#h1bba8df9

    A gazelle in the Ngorongoro Crater
    http://www.culturesnap.ca/eastafrica/h4f4915d8#h1f68e894

    A giraffe on the road heading to the Ngorongoro Crater
    http://www.culturesnap.ca/eastafrica/h4f4915d8#h4f4915d8

    Those are some of my favourites from Tanzania, but of course I took quite a few more while there! :)
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,072Moderator
    edited February 2014
    @henryvs: PAD (Photo-A-Day) is the way to show your pictures on NR, you can post one picture per 24 hrs - read the sticky posts at the top of the forum page to see it, the rules and instructions on how to do it.

    HTH.
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  • henryvshenryvs Posts: 27Member
    Thanks @spraynpray I'll go there next time for posting an image. Maybe today! :) Cheers!
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    @henryvs -Thank you for your kind words. I looked over your shots and they are great. Our tour was very time driven and I wish we could have stayed in one area longer to explore the local culture more. Please share your experiences and your lessons learned, so that this thread can be a good guide for those wishing to plan a trip over Africa. ;)
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  • dpidudedpidude Posts: 96Member
    @spraynpray said

    "It's another of those strange American phrases like 'I could care less' which is American for 'I couldn't care less'...."

    I had a Lebonese friend in College who loved all of our sayings. His personal favorite was "when the shit hits the fan", He new what it meant and said the image of that made him laugh.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    edited March 2014
    While in Africa, know that you are on the menu too and you are being watched or hunted!
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  • ChasCSChasCS Posts: 309Member
    Decon Cheetah Refuge Djibouti, Djibouti

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    It's interesting to see the worlds fastest land mammal, laying peacefully and still...
    You have some great pictures and thanks for the wisdom...

    Chas
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    Decon Cheetah Refuge Djibouti, Djibouti

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    It's interesting to see the worlds fastest land mammal, laying peacefully and still...
    You have some great pictures and thanks for the wisdom...

    Chas
    Thanks @ChasC ! The refuge was just five miles from my work while I was there. These Cheetahs had been injured in the wild and rehabbed here. Most they are able to rerelease to the wild but these I have photographed are permanent residents due to they are too accustomed to humans.
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  • Dredden85Dredden85 Posts: 358Member
    I do not recommend touching the wild life.
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  • PistnbrokePistnbroke Posts: 1,837Member
    Why did you choose a D5000/Tamron ? Seems to be opposite to all the advice given.
    By the way that's not a Land Rover.
  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,084Member
    Because this thread is from April 2013?
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