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  1. Dallas

    Up A Tree

    Olympus E-M1 at ISO 6400, using the 50-200/2.8-3.5 ED. This was also on the 2017 safari and hasn't been processed or published before.
  2. Franscois does a masterful job of placing the new for 2016 Photo Rig Land Rover into position for a leopard sighting. Fred, Ann and Chris were "armed" and ready for the action to start.
  3. Dallas

    Morning Mist

    Similar to Frank's inspirational photo from this morning, this one was from Sabi Sabi last year, early one morning.
  4. Dallas

    Sabi Sabi Safari 2017

    Hey everyone, just a heads up that the spaces for our 2017 group Ultimate Big 5 Wildlife Safari to Sabi Sabi are now available and we have already had 3 confirmed bookings for it. There are only 6 suites available so this leaves 4 open. Details are here. The price for 2017 will only be known to us next month, but as always we anticipate a 10-20% Rand value hike. This is almost always offset by a decline in the value of the Rand against major currencies, so for 2017 the trip will probably be the same in USD, maybe even a bit less. For this year's sold out safari (2016)
  5. Dallas

    2016 Safari Dates

    Good news! My hard-working safari side-kick Pepe has just advised me of the booked safari dates for 2016! Here's what things are looking like if there are any of you who would like to put this in your calendars for now. SABI SABI 2016 Day Place Date Accommodation 1 Johannesburg 25 Sept Tladi Lodge 2 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 26 Sept Little Bush Camp 3 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 27 Sept Little Bush Camp 4 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 28 Sept Little Bush Camp 5 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 29 Sept Little Bush Camp 6 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 30 Sept Little Bush Camp 7 Sabi Sabi Game Reserve 1 Oct Little
  6. Drive 12 - Morning Game Drive - Last Episode with a nice scenery, wild dogs and a few birds All good things must come to an end ... at 5:30 we started our last game drive and what a scenery awaited us. #1 70mm / ISO400: I could have stood there forever #2 280mm/ ISO 400: The 200-400 does landscapes (well, sort of...) Painted wild dogs are pretty tough to photograph. They are really fast and the damn grass is always somewhere between camera and animal but it was extraordinary to follow them and see and learn about their behaviour. What fascinated me most was the following piece of
  7. Drive 11 - Evening/Night Game Drive - Elephants and Leopards After this most exciting morning drive we spend the day at Little Bush Camp and left at about 4:30 for our last evening drive which actually extended into a night drive with another great sighting. A beautiful and impressive leopard killed a hare and had his snack while we watched him feasting. It started rather quiet. We drove for a while with nothing particular happening. One of the rangers had the idea to drive into a dry riverbed to see whether we find some monkeys (what we did) or other animals (which we met as well). The
  8. Drive 10 - Morning Game Drive - My most intense Moment During this morning drive I had the most intense moment during this Safari. I had the 200-400 with the TC1.4 on my D4 and off we went. The story goes basically as follows ... After some time of eventless driving through the bush we met this wonderful animal at one of the waterholes. Ranger Rich anticipated where the leopard will head to and we met him again as he tried to approach a few Impalas to hunt breakfast. At least this is what my memory tells me although in the back of my head there is a nagging thought that a cheetah played a ro
  9. Drive 9 - NIght Game Drive - The Cook and Hyenas at Night The afternoon was very much like the morning was. Cold, dull, no animals around and all in all not really exciting. But again it payed to have first class rangers. They proposed to get back to the camp, have early dinner and then leave again for a night drive as soon as there are news of something happening in the bush. Well, we happily agreed. Back at Little Bush Camp I took the chance to ask for permission to take some images of the cook. This guy was the secret hero of the Safari. Every evening he stood in front of us all sittin
  10. Drive 7 - Evening Game Drive - A chameleon, a hornbill, a few others and no cats After this impressing action and behavioral pattern sighting in the morning we started our afternoon drive at around 4. I still felt a bit exhausted and wasn't expecting a lot and in a way hoped that there won't be another action sighting. Enough is enough and I had to process (i.e. brain not software) the last two drives first to decently appreciate another highlight. And well, what can I say ... we met a character that represents the absolute counterpart to an action sighting. If this week in the bush w
  11. Drive 5 - Evening Game Drive - A Cheetah Sighting After this most spectacular leopard sighting in the morning I spent the day at Little Bush Camp processing some images and waitiing for the excitement cool down a bit. Ann taught me a couple of things about image processing with Lightroom. I learned a lot even though Ann was cursing about the inadequate LR GUI We left at around 04:30 for the evening drive and I was really wondering how this drive might be able to connect to the morning drive in terms of tension and excitement. I packed the D4 with the 200-400 +TC1.4 and the D800 with the 70-
  12. Drive 6 - Morning Game Drive - About Selecting the wrong Tree We left at 05:15 in the morning and this time we had a straight plan from the very beginning. The rangers knew that a leopard dragged an Impala up into a tree in order to provide her cub a decent meal so headed directly to that spot. The follwing two hours were incredible, full of action and drama ... nature in it's purest form. As it was an action sighting it wasn't really a question of whether to provide context in the images or not. It's "just" action which has completely different set of challenges: Never put down the camera
  13. Drive 4 - Morning Game Drive - aka "Jump for Joy" There is no way to post the full series here at FZ so if you like what you see in this post make sure to visit: - the full series here - the "jump for joy" thread posted earlier here on FZ (I did not include these again but there are better edits included in the full series) - The Sabi Sabi Blog covering this story here This was one of the most spectacular game drives we had during this week. The encounter with Kelenge (aka Bunny Chow) the juvenile leopard was unbelievable.We started at 05:15 in the morning which was real early but it was wo
  14. Drive 3 - Evening Game Drive - Elephants This was the first real highlight of the Safari as far as the Game Drives are concerned. We started at about 3:30 in the afternoon and came past the usual suspects such as Kudu and other Antelopes. They are almost all the time accompanied by those birds that made me laugh every time I saw them. #1 - D4/200-400mm @ f7.1/400mm/ISO400/(1/1250sec) Then we met Sandriver, the male leopard, for the second time this day. He is so impressive and majestic. We followed him for a while but lost him pretty soon. If I remember correctly he went past the border
  15. Chris Wahl

    Sabi Sabi 2014 - Game Drive #2

    Remark: All general information about animals are taken from the truely remarkable book "Game Ranger in your Backpack" by Megan Emmet and Sean Patrick. Drive 2 - Morning Game Drive After a short night our first morning game drive started at 6:00. Thanks to the staff at Little Bush Camp coffee was already available. I got up at 5:00 and spend the best part of the time until 06:00 to decide which lens to mount on the D800. The 24-70/2.8 made it this morning but for the days to come this decision had to be made every morning and I learned that there is no good rule to decide it. Listening to yo
  16. Chris Wahl

    Sabi Sabi 2014 - Game Drive #1

    Since I'm back from South Africa I have been asked by a number of friends what it's like to be on a Safari. I find it actually very difficult to describe it. There is so much going on and it varies from game drive to game drive depending on the animals (obviously) but also on the weather, the amount of sleep, growing experience with animal encounters and a lot of other factors including lens selection and other gear considerations. The best way to describe "What a Safari is like" might be to put together images on a game drive by game drive basis and write something about each image. This is
  17. On the three previous occasions that we have spent a week on photo safari at Little Bush Camp we have seen some pretty awesome stuff, but on this fourth occasion animal sightings got so crazy that on the last drive I dubbed it the “Magnum Opus Safari”. It was that good. I mean, not only is it a privilege to see leopards in the wild, but to see no fewer than 5 different leopards, including some cubs and a newly independent juvenile successfully hunting down a scrub hare (then playing with its food!), is really something quite remarkable. If that wasn’t enough we got to see a mother leopard in
  18. On the three previous occasions that we have spent a week on photo safari at Little Bush Camp we have seen some pretty awesome stuff, but on this fourth occasion animal sightings got so crazy that on the last drive I dubbed it the “Magnum Opus Safari”. It was that good. I mean, not only is it a privilege to see leopards in the wild, but to see no fewer than 5 different leopards, including some cubs and a newly independent juvenile successfully hunting down a scrub hare (then playing with its food!), is really something quite remarkable. If that wasn’t enough we got to see a mother leopard in
  19. Dallas

    In-camera HDR

    One of the features of the E-M1 that I am still experimenting with is this in-camera HDR mode. There are a couple of modes that effectively create a single image from several exposures, but it does it in camera. Pretty cool. Here are a couple of shots I did on safari at one of the prettier watering holes. These have also been edited in Lightroom following a few new tricks I learned from Ann.
  20. Dallas

    The Southern Pride

    Those of you who have been with us on safari to Sabi Sabi will know the Southern Pride of lions fairly well. They are a fearsome bunch of cats! Of late the dominance of this pride is being challenged by the Sparta males who are moving deeper into the Sabi Sands from the East and it looks like there is going to be an epic confrontation fairly soon. Ben Coley is one of the rangers at Sabi Sabi and together with Richard De Gouveia they produce the Sabi Sabi blog, which you may find to be an interesting read. Here's the latest on the Southern Pride saga. (btw, Ben is the husband of our very own
  21. I get asked a lot by people wanting to come on safari about the difference between the Kruger National Park (KNP) and Sabi Sands. For the uninformed, Sabi Sands is a private reserve that adjoins the greater KNP. It is named after the two rivers that run through and along one of its borders, namely the Sand River and the Sabie River. The reserve is populated by dozens of privately owned lodges and camps, each of which has their own boundaries. Some of the camps have traversing rights on each other’s properties, but for the most part you’re unlikely to encounter much traffic from neighbouring pr
  22. As a ranger at Sabi Sabi and aspiring photographer, there is one thing I look forward to in the year and that is the Nikongear visit. Six days of pure photography and all in the comfort of Little Bush Camp. With two exclusive land-rovers to take you around the beautiful reserve, two experienced trackers and guides who are experienced in wildlife photography there is no doubt that you will end up in the best positions to get the shots you envisaged. Here are the top 10 reasons why I think you should join us. No. 1 The days start off early in order to get the best light possible and to catch t
  23. Guest

    Leaping Leopards

    Whilst Sabi Sabi prides itself on our ability to find and view leopards in their most natural state, it is still a rare sighting. As we hit the winter solstice and the middle of our dry season, the bush is clearing out, making viewing all that much better and a little easier to view these elusive and magnificent creatures. My goal for the afternoon safari was to find a leopard and the best way to start this process was to head to an area where the last leopard had been seen. Once in the area there are a number of things that will assist us with narrowing down our area such as finding fresh tr
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