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  1. Back To Flowers

    Editor's Note: wonderful image from Scenario. I like the splash of colour and the soft bokeh. The water droplets finish it off nicely. Seen here.

    © Scenario

  2. That's quite lovely! Excellent job on all fronts.
  3. Thanks! The new server is running on SSD's, plus its no longer a virtual server, so its properly managed (and has much better support staff dealing with issues).
  4. Volume is an amazing thing. I see this in shopping malls out here where they charge what I think are ludicrous rental prices for small retail stores, yet those stores somehow stay in business if they have their pricing model right. The interesting thing I also see though, is that in economic downturns the mall owners never reduce their rentals when some stores do fold up. They would rather have an empty store for over a year than budge on the rate per square meter for that space. I recall one of the last specialist camera stores I used to frequent in our regular large mall had a store of about 25m2. In 2003 they were paying the equivalent of about $14000 a month in rent and they stayed open right up until the whole business shut down 3 years ago. The manager told me that they did about 40% of their annual turnover in December, so the rest of the year they probably only just broke even.
  5. Sometimes the opportunity to get gear at good prices comes around so today I damaged my credit card a little and got myself a Rotolight Neo, which is an on (or off) camera LED light that can be used for video or creative stills photography. In this video I unbox the light, show what it comes with and demonstrate my first use of it. I also explain why I got it and how I will use it going forward. It's not a review - I'll do a proper review and demonstration sometime in the near future. If you are interested in Rotolight, go check out their website at https://www.rotolight.com. They have some interesting products! View full article
  6. ▶︎ I Got A Rotolight!

    Sometimes the opportunity to get gear at good prices comes around so today I damaged my credit card a little and got myself a Rotolight Neo, which is an on (or off) camera LED light that can be used for video or creative stills photography. In this video I unbox the light, show what it comes with and demonstrate my first use of it. I also explain why I got it and how I will use it going forward. It's not a review - I'll do a proper review and demonstration sometime in the near future. If you are interested in Rotolight, go check out their website at https://www.rotolight.com. They have some interesting products!
  7. These guys will feature in an upcoming episode of Inside Safari.
  8. Vivion, I think perhaps you might need some tea.
  9. Does it make tea now?
  10. Many months of planning went into deciding what video equipment I should use to film an inside look at our super successful Ultimate Big 5 Safari. I have posted a few video entries here on FZ showing how I went about this decision and also the things I bought to go with the iPhone 7 Plus that I eventually used to make this video series. The past 3 weeks I have been seriously hard at work putting together this first short episode describing getting to Sabi Sabi. Man, I can't believe the amount of work that goes into this video stuff. From reviewing footage to selecting royalty free music, to working with transitions and sub-titles, I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to edit a full length feature film. Anyway, here's the first episode. I hope you like it and I hope that if you have been wondering what it is like to come on safari with me, this will give you a taste. Please remember, I am not a videographer, so a lot of the footage is a bit shaky, but I wanted it to be as watchably amateur as possible so as to bring the authenticity to the foreground.
  11. I think there's a bit too much rock on the left, which makes it difficult to decide what the main centre of interest is for the shot. It also contrasts quite significantly from the background, so my eyes are not sure what they should be focused on, the rocks or the background. If the view is the point of interest then I think more of it should be seen.
  12. Ha, if you can build a fire and erect a tent it will all be worth it.
  13. Tourist guiding over here is quite a highly regulated affair. You can't just get people to pitch up and then show them around. Field guides have to go through various levels of (expensive) training to get their certifications in various areas of interest. It's also geographic too, so if you are only registered to guide in Natal, you can't take people on safari to the Western Cape, for instance. You have to get a national registration. Lots of exams and license fees, etc. Being as allergic to red tape as I am, having great partnerships in place to supply the required legal punctuations helps a bunch!
  14. Hmmm... my 50mm macro isn't quite as old as the lenses you are using. It's from this century, offers full auto focus and metering with the Olympus MMF adapters.
  15. A wonderful thing happens when you are on a photography trip. Relationships that may appear salty online become beautiful friendships, regardless of who uses whatever to make their photos. Hosting photo safaris is the best thing I have ever done and I will keep doing it for as long as I am able to.