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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Wed 28-Nov-12 01:26 AM
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"Young Leopard"
Wed 28-Nov-12 02:24 AM by rbsandor

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On a trip to Africa I pushed the camera's ability in terms of ISO. Here are two shots of a young leopard drinking at a pool. It was late in the day and we were in shade. The camera was a D4 and I was shooting in manual and Auto ISO. The first shot is at ISO 12,800. The second is at 8,000. I did a bit of NR in the water on the first and none in the second. Richard





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Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010Wed 28-Nov-12 02:05 AM
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Joanna, US
          

That must have been a great experience. Thanks for sharing these wonderful shots.

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Scotty45 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2010Wed 28-Nov-12 02:07 AM
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Great shots Richard. I'm not familiar with the D4, but it seems to handle the high iso settings quite comfortably. They are nice sharp images. Personally, I wouldn't be too concerned....Scotty.

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treadwl Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Wed 28-Nov-12 02:26 AM
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Love the first one. It must have been chilling to be thqt close and experience this first hand.

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Watto Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Mar 2010Wed 28-Nov-12 09:48 AM
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Hi Richard , Great looking animal and the photos do it justice. They are sharp for such a "push"

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rb4good Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Wed 28-Nov-12 01:58 PM
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Rocky Hill, US
          

Beautiful animal and great capture,Richard. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Wed 28-Nov-12 03:01 PM
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Denver, US
          

Thanks to all for looking and commenting. It's appreciated. It is wonderful to see these animals in their element and to be able to capture them in less than great conditions. Thanks again, Richard

  

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Lunastar Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Jan 2010Wed 28-Nov-12 05:31 PM
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Mankato, US
          

Very well done, Richard! I like # 2 best and agree that sometimes a beautiful subject like this should be photographed in whatever light you have.

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Wed 28-Nov-12 05:58 PM
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Vantaa, FI
          

Very nice shots. How did you find the leopard? Is this a wildlife resort or did you team up with rangers?

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Wed 28-Nov-12 10:15 PM
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Mark and Antero: thanks for the comments. On this type of trip, you definitely have to take things as they are. Having great gear makes it alot easier.
Antero, these photos were taken at on of the five camps in the Lower Zambesi National Park in Zambia. All these camps are geared at getting you to the animals in Land Rovers or Jeeps. Once there, you can just look or snap away. The camp I was at is called Chiawa. They try and put folks with like interests in the same vehicle. From experience, they've learned that photographers are much more content to wait around for the animal to to do something, whereas the lookers only may be more likely to want to move on to the next sighting. If you'd like some contacts who arrange these trips throughout southern Africa, send me an email. Richard

  

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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009Thu 29-Nov-12 12:10 AM
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Vantaa, FI
          

Thank you, Richard

I'd love to see African wildlife. My wife is a forest economy engineer and she likes places with healthy forests and tall trees. It may take a while to convince her that Africa will be our next "dream tour" target.

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vcottman Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2006Thu 29-Nov-12 02:50 AM
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Great series Richard! I like #1 best. Amazing shots at that ISO. Going to try to squeeze in a couple of hours of shooting tomorrow before going to the airport.

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Fri 30-Nov-12 07:43 PM
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Vaughn: thanks for the comments. Will you be around this weekend? Richard

  

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Wow, great shots!

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Sun 02-Dec-12 10:12 PM
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Vaughn and Dave: thanks for the comments. Richard

  

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Fantastic work at those ISo's looks like an overcast day.. Wish that I could afford or justify that camera, Im waiting for the D400 I hope



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Silversmith Registered since 15th Sep 2007Sun 02-Dec-12 10:58 PM
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Hi Richard,
These are wonderful photos. You were fortunate to have such an unobstructed view of the leopard. And it's awake and active (the benefit of seeing it at the end of the day)! The second photo with the cat looking back over its shoulder and the tip of the tail poking up captures its felineness.

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TerryMc Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Oct 2008Sun 02-Dec-12 11:23 PM
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Very nice and at such a high ISO.

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Mon 03-Dec-12 05:48 PM
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Preston, Joan and Terry: thanks for the comments. They are appreciated. Richard

  

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Very nice and I am jealous... I get nervous when I push my ISO to and past 800 with my D300.

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Beautiful shots, I'd love to be there to shoot.

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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Tue 04-Dec-12 11:33 PM
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Denver, US
          

Brada and Tom: thanks for taking the time to look and comment. The camera is really something special. Richard

  

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qanik Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Dec 2007Thu 06-Dec-12 07:34 AM
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Smithers/Stewart, CA
          

Hi Richard
lovely shots especially at such a high iso, what lens did you use and what if any hassles did you have getting your lenses over to Africa
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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Thu 06-Dec-12 02:52 PM
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Denver, US
          

Michael: thanks for the comment and the question. First, to answer your question, the lens was the 200-400. The problem of carry on luggage isn't in getting to Africa, it's when you're traveling within Africa.
I've been to Africa once before, so I've learned to pare things down. You can cover all the bases with 2 bodies, a 70-200, the 200-400, a 1.4TC and a short zoom for shooting around camp.
Traveling within Africa you're often limited to 5to 8 Kilos for carry on whether flying on 12 seaters or 737s. To meet this limit, I put virtually all the contents of the camera bag (except for a body and the 200-400) into a vest made by the Vested Interest. I had the vest customized to hold the 70-200 and a body separated from each other. I end up looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy, but everything goes on board with me. Hope this helps and if you need additional info, please feel free to email me. Richard

  

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DE
          

Great shots indeed. I would be interested in knowing your set up and objective you used. I have just returned from a short safari in Timbavati-Kruger private nature reserve SA and use a D90 with a Sigma 50-500 OS. I am very please with the versatility and sharpness. I will post some shots later, but here is one taken with´at 500mm handheld.
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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Thu 06-Dec-12 05:00 PM
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Denver, US
          

Neil: thanks for commenting. That's a very nice shot of the wild dogs. If you read the post immediately above yours, you'll get a fairly comprehensive list of the gear I brought along. If you can be more specific, I'll be glad to reply. Richard

  

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DE
          

Thanks for replying Richard. I assume from your comments you used the Nikon 200-400 VR:
1. Is this so?; 2. Did you use a tripod or monopod?; 3. what speed and f stop did your high iso setting trigger on?; 4. what Nikon body did yoú use?
Sorry for being so nosy.
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rbsandor Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007Fri 07-Dec-12 03:02 PM
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Denver, US
          

Neil: I'm happy to supply the details. The first shot was at f/8 and 1/800s. The second was at f/8 and 1/500. The camera lens combo was a D4 and 200-400 supported on a monopod with a ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick. I was able to drop the shutter speed on the second shot because by then the motor of the jeep had been turned off.
I prefer to shoot in Camera Manual and Auto ISO. That way, I can set the shutter speed and control depth of field as desired for a particular shot, while letting the ISO float. All three parameters are displayed in the viewfinder and are easily adjusted as needed.
One final suggestion, if you are planning this type of trip is to get 2 Manfrotto Super Clamps without stud and one 061 RA stud. This stud allows you to join the clamps at a right angle to each other. One clamp is attached to the monopod and the second to the rail of the seat in front of you. It is very stable. Hope this helps. Richard

  

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DE
          

Thanks Richard for information. Interesting suggestions, I will investigate for the Future.
On previous Safari s I used bean bag and or monopod, which works well in good light for the Sigma 50-500 OS.

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