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Needed Big Bertha for this one. (Back light + Long ways) Down by the water hole!baboon.thumb.jpg.2b2abb90fedf4ab9c295e6b4de6836e9.jpg

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One of my favourite animals to photograph are wildebeests. They are often considered to be one of the ugliest animals in the bush, but I love them. This shot I am really happy with as they seldom look you in the eye - they are extremely skittish around humans. This with the Olympus E-M1X and 300/4.0 PRO. 

 

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Here's one from the same sighting taken with the older E-M1 and Olympus 12-100/4.0 PRO. As mentioned already this is a really handy lens to take on safari. 

 

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Last one for today. This is a hyena shot at 06:30 (pre sunrise) with the Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 PRO and the original E-M1 which I allow ISO to auto float up to 12800. This shot was done at ISO 10k and I did some Lightroom selective brush adjustments of noise removal around the subject. I set the noise reduction to 50 and also did some negative clarity (-29) as well as negative texture (-40). This wouldn't print so well, but for use on the web (99.999% of my requirements) it ain't half bad for an MFT camera from 2014. 

 

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So even the big cats like to smooch?  :D

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Time for some zeBras! Here in Africa we call them zeb-rahs, so I had to issue some corrective elocution to some of our guests. :D 

 

This little colt stood there posing like this for about a minute. Very considerate animal. He'll either go far in life or get eaten because of his curiosity. 

 

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Then a mother and smaller colt.

 

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rumbler1.thumb.jpg.14005985f6a0ea4ae45f0fc820f8becd.jpgMexican standoff! Southern Pride Top Female vs Hyena Clan!!!

 

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43 minutes ago, rbeesonjr said:

Wwait.thumb.jpg.08b7de210677e242804ba04b3f848173.jpgWaiting for his kill!!!

 

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Bob, something has gone wrong with this link.  I get a "404 Error Not Found"  message when I click on it.

 

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Thank you to yourself, Dallas and the other participants for your 2019 Safari posts which I am enjoying a lot - sounds like you all have had a good trip.

 

On 10/07/2019 at 09:48, rbeesonjr said:

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Thanks Hugh. I am still editing the photos from the safari, so expect many more to appear on this thread in the days ahead. 

 

I still need to write up my impressions of the E-M1X. Not easy when you don't have the camera in front of you, but I think I made enough notes to form an opinion. :) 

 

For now here are a few more shots from the safari. 

 

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We encountered these male elephant mates having a spat while on our way to look for a leopard with cubs in the south of the reserve. They blocked the road for a while before the one furthest from us moved out of the line of fire from his "friend". 

 

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I don't usually photograph the antelopes, but this male kudu made for a decent subject. 

 

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We didn't find the leopard in the south so we went to the watering hole near Earth Lodge and looked at some hippos. While there I saw this terrapin clinging onto this piece of submerged tree. He fell off shortly afterwards. :) 

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I'm not particularly enamoured with the Cape Buffalo (one of the Big 5), but this time around using the Olympus 300/4.0 PRO I actually managed to see them a little differently and got some half-decent images. 

 

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Really happy with the backlighting on this one!

 

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The weirdest animals in the park! 

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Here's a kudu having a drink.

 

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Getting creative (this took about 10 goes before I got something I was happy to show - not that easy on a dirt road). 

 

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Found you!

 

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Dwarf mongooses.

 

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