Wed 28-Nov-12 12:26 AM | edited Wed 28-Nov-12 01:24 AM by rbsandor
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
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
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.
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.
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
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. Neil
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
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. Neil
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