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Monday, September 15, 2014

Wildlife Photography - Photo Shoot In South Africa

African lion roaring in Masai Mara, Kenya

I am off on a safari photo shoot in South Africa this week. My journey takes me to Kruger National Park and several neighboring game reserves. Kruger is one of the largest national parks in Africa, with an area of about 7,600 square miles. That is larger than a few states in the New England region of the U.S.

The park and surrounding reserves are excellent places to capture 'Big Five' images of Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Cape Buffalo plus Giraffes, Zebras, Cheetahs, Hippos and many more. There are also hundreds of species of birds to marvel and photograph for the ornithologist in many of us.

Majestic Leopard in tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The area is characterized as ‘savanna bushveld’ with 6 different landscape types : acacia woodland, open woodland, mopane woodland, combretum woodland, mixed combretum woodland and mixed veld. The critically endangered African wild dog is also a regular visitor to the Reserve. The larger and rarer antelopes such as Roan, Eland and Tsessebe may also be seen but their numbers are still critically low.

African elephant making a stand against photographer

Africa is a far away continent, especially for those who reside in North America but it is a fascinating region of the world and I will be concentrating on wildlife photography, with a bit of cultural discovery mixed in, time permitting.

Hippopotamus in Hippo pool, Serengeti National Park

While I am away, the big 2014 Photokina Show will be taking place in Cologne, Germany. Canon has announced the EOS-7D Mk II camera , EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Super Telephoto lens , PowerShot SX60 and PowerShot G7 X cameras. I have waited years for the EOS-7D Mk II and EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II to be released and have placed my order for these gear.

Planning to take the new equipment to the sub Arctic in Autumn and give them a thorough field test. If I come across any WiFi signal while on location, I will try and make a few blog posts. In the meantime, you can visit my website to see more wildlife photos from my previous trips while I am away.

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