Monday, February 20, 2023

On my way to Tanzania again!

I am writing this blog from Heathrow airport in London, about halfway to our final destination in Africa. As many of you know, Tanzania is one of my favorite places in the world, and definitely an amazing place to photograph wildlife. As I sit here in the airport lounge, a little bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, I started looking back at some of my favorite images from my previous trips to Tanzania. I thought I would share some of those with you now.

The following images are in chronological order.

We came across these two elephants grazing amongst the acacia trees, and it was an overcast morning. The muted light really helped to make this such a cool photo.

On my first visit to the hippo pool in the Serengeti, there was a lot of running water and a lot of activity amongst these large animals. It is always fun to wait for the big opening of their mouths and then getting shots like this.

This is one of the most difficult photos I have taken in Tanzania. This motion pan was taken at 1/30th sec, with me hand holding a Canon 200-400mm lens.

Photographing elephants is always incredible, but catching them with their youngsters is even better!

This group of elephants with nice big tusks, came right towards our vehicle. The bright blue sky in the background worked well for this scenic photo.

I have seen lions hanging out in trees before, but this was the first time I saw more than 12 lions in one tree. It was an epic moment!

Did I mention how much I like the baby elephants? :)

We see a lot of baboons on our safaris. This one was hanging out next to the parking area where we stopped before entering the Ngorongoro crater.  It wasn't until I was reviewing my mages that evening that I noticed the perfect symmetry of this baboon. 

In that same location, we witnessed this beautiful moment between mother and baby.

On this particular day, we came across a herd of elephant crossing the plains of the Serengeti. These two youngsters stopped and were sparring for quite a long time. I love the interaction between them.

I remember this moment so well. It was the end of the day and we had a little bit of sunlight left. We looked for some big cats to capture and did not find any, so we decided to stop and photograph these young baboons playing the trees. 

This photo was taken on the way to the air strip, before we took off to our next location. We always leave early in case we spot something good, and that day we definitely did. There were at least 3 generations of lion together in this spot.

Photographing the spotted cats is on the top of my list at every safari. On this afternoon we followed this leopard for at lest an hour. It stopped on this rock and took a rest. I had our guide move the vehicle so we would have a great background far in the distance. Just after we moved, it looked up into the light rain and yawned. We all fired off a ton of photos at this moment. 

During the Great Migration, millions of wildebeest cross the Mara river. It is not uncommon for the crocodiles to try and score some lunch during the crossings. This giant croc lunged for the wildebeests but missed catching any of them. At this point they started jumping over the crocodile to get out of harms way. We were all shooting and cheering at the same time. It was such an awesome moment!

Before the lions grow up to be the kings of the jungle, they start looking like this. Honestly, there is nothing cuter than cubs in the wild.

This photo was taken on our last safari. We had been out photographing all day and were heading back to our camp as the sun was setting. I asked our guide to wait in this spot to get the acacia tree silhouetted in front of the setting sun. I then saw that one of our other vehicles was heading towards the tree and prepared everyone in my vehicle to capture this scene.

Also from our last safari, this lioness had been feeding on a zebra carcass, when she got up and started walking towards us. The late afternoon sun was right into her eyes and made this shot that much better.

It will take us a day to get to Tanzania, but on Wednesday we will start the hunt for the next favorite images. For this trip I am bringing the following gear:

* Canon R5 camera

* Canon R6 camera

* Canon 200-400mm lens (with RF-EF adaptor)

* Canon RF100-500mm lens

* Canon RF24-105mm lens

* Lots of ProGrade Digital memory cards

* Apple 16" MacBook Pro

* Crucial 4TB x8 SSDs

I look forward to capturing more images and sharing those with you soon!


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