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I came across this article on a feed and thought it was worth sharing. This young South African photographer has made an incredible image of the Milky Way above Cape Town, from atop Table Mountain. Read the article to see how he did it with... an Olympus EM-10 and kit lens! link to article I will be sharing more of the stuff I find on this board, I encourage you all to do the same. Let's get the conversations going again on this slick new platform. Image shared with permission from Janik.
Today I am pleased to launch the official 2013 Nikongear.com Group Safari! In 2013 we plan to do a 2 week road trip from Cape Town in South Africa to Windhoek in Namibia, stopping off at various sights along the way, doing things that we photographers do best - racking up the actuations on our cameras! Our start date for the 2 week road trip is 31 August, which has been specifically timed to coincide with the magical spring wild flowers of the Namaqualand region in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. We are also going to put together a pre-road trip extension for a few days in Cape town where we can take in the local sights, meet some of our local Capetonian members, such as Elsa Hoffmann, and hopefully also go looking for Great White Sharks with her and her ocean going shark researcher friends (weather permitting of course). There's a lot to see and do in Cape Town, so we will put together a proper program of options for members who would like to join us a few days earlier than the tour begins. At the end of the 14 day main tour those guests who are joining us will have the option of extending their stay for a further week to do a wildlife segment in the world renowned Etosha Game Reserve, as well as track wild cheetahs (who have been radio collared for conservation purposes) at the Africat Foundation in Okonjima Reserve. If that doesn't float your boat we can always send you to our friends at Sabi Sabi for the Big 5 safari we just did a few weeks ago. Namibia is a landscape photographer's paradise. Literally. This is the world's oldest desert and I don't think you will find landscapes quite the same anywhere else in the world. To get a feel for what I am talking about just do a Google Images search for Namib desert. It is simply magnificent, but don't take my word for it, come and see it for yourself! I'm really excited about this trip as it's one we have been trying to put together since 2010. This time around we are keeping it a lot smaller by limiting the number of seats to only 8. We've already been asked to reserve 4 of those seats for returning guests from this year's safari, namely Roland & Lena, Victor and of course our veteran Safarian Ann, who will hopefully be doing her 4th trip with us this time. That leaves 4 spaces available should those Safarians all return, which if we can fill means we will take a second vehicle that I will drive on this tour (very reminiscent of our first road trip in 2009). Click on the ad below for the basic itinerary and other relevant info. I have had some feedback from a few of the members who joined us for this year's safari and this is what they had to say: “If you are a photographer, this is the trip for you. It is designed to help you get your best shot – location, position, angle, light and most importantly spending the time needed without rushing to the next thing. Pepe is a great guide; she shares her wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the trip – environment, history, culture, fauna, wildlife, etc. We will definitely be back.” ~ Roland and Lena Tibell (Andorra) October 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari “Dallas: it was a pleasure for my wife and me to have finally met you. We’d like to thank you for hosting the 2012 Nikongear Safari and have nothing but high praise for all the work that you and Pepe Jones did in putting the safari together. Everything was as advertised with the accommodations, food, guides and viewing all being superlative in all instances. This was our first trip that was not organized by a large, well-known group such as National Geo or Bushtracks, and we can say that you equalled or exceeded their efforts in all aspects. We’d like to award you the five stars you deserve and look forward to traveling with you in the future.” ~ Richard and Barbara Sandor (Denver CO, USA) October 2012 Ultimate Big 5 Safari You can read some of the older testimonials we got on our safari marketing site, www.photographers.travel/testimonials We will do everything in our power to make this yet another fantastic trip for our Nikongear.com members, so I hope to hear from future Safarians who would like to book on this one soon.