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  1. Day 2, 30th January 2017 Well, not everything is dead in Lake Nakuru. But parts of it is the submerged dead wood. And this very small park is now considerable smaller because of the lake is so much bigger. This morning we went out to the central plain/open fields in the park and a hyena crossed it when the sun did rise. Taking photos straight into the rising sun works very good. One of the main attractions in Lake Nakuru is the birds. Though, i´m not that much of a birder. There is still some pelicans There is a good number of Rhinos in the park. The white ones is out in the open on the central plain most of the time. In the evening a black Rhino, appeared out of the bushes. He started walking past us. Then he stopped. Started to kick around the some dust, and for a moment we thought he might do a charge. But he decided to continue his way.. Nice display with all the kicking dust. The Akacia woods that I hoped to get some nice photos of, is now decimated, and there is only about 200 m of road going through. We drove back and fourth several times, but didn´t catch any sighting there. We didn´t see any cats at all this time (one evening and one full day). Next morning we left early for Masai mara. I think it have more to offer. I will continue my trip report with a Masai Mara section. Last picture of Lake Nakuru.
  2. Day 1, 29th January, 2017 In a time of my life with a lot of work, I managed to squeeze in a week to Kenya this January. I didn´t had time to plan it. I just got an opportunity to for a week with short notice, and choose an old favorit, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. I have been once before to Lake Nakuru in november 2011, and have very found memories from that time. It was wonderful sightings, and got me some fantastic safari pictures, my first . Since then I have read about the floodings that happened to Lake Nakuru. I still wanted to go there, inspired from my previous visit and fantastic photography I have seen from others in that special Akacia woods, like Greg du Toits. My first sight arriving to Lake Nakuru was a surreal landscape, it was more dead than alive. Even the wildlife seemed to be in black and white.. Since we arrived late in the afternoon we drove along the shore to the lodge. When the sun set we did catch a more alive view of the lake. The first impression was a little of chock. Lake Nakuru is really changed by the flooding. The lake is much bigger, and nowadays more of a sweet water lake. And of course there is no Flamingos. Most of the old roads are under water, and it is not possible anymore to drive around the lake.
  3. Any news on this topic?
  4. lovely trip report, thank you.
  5. Just read this. If it is true, I guess that is good. 307 rangers deployed to fight poaching in Mara
  6. @@pomkiwi Yes, a thread highjack. Post production is important and there is much to do. I´m just a novice. But, did some basic adjustments in LR, just to show you what easily can be done. Adjusted: Crop angle (picture was skew) and shaved a bit of left hand side, adjusted some levels (shadows, white and highlights), added a bit vibrance, a bit temperature, selectively sharpened the face and eyes, and selectively added noise reduction on background. What do you think?
  7. @@mapumbo Yes, the mother was starting to wean her cub off. Thanks for reading.
  8. A goodnight picture...
  9. When we are on the IS/OS topic. I want to add that don´t ever use IS when resting camera/lens on a hard surface. The IS vibration will blur the picture. And then I will give the basic advice of beanbag, which is perfect for mini-van safari. Using open cars, it is a little bit more difficult to get a good support place. Some have built in support place, sometimes even bringing a monopod is a good idea. If you shoot handheld, you should support your left arm (if you are right handed) against your chest, hold your breath and squeeze of. I guess much of the same technique like shooting a rifle (I did army service once, hunting is not my thing). Shooting high speed burst will increase your chance of good pictures, both getting some really sharp, and getting that right facial expression, eye etc.
  10. @@douglaswise AF-S will make you miss focus a lot. What it does is setting focus at the distant at your first focus/button press. So if you press button and then move the lens, or the animal moves just slightly, you will be out of focus, when you trigger the shutter. AF-C is a must. Most people doing action/wildlife photography use focus on the thumb and not shutter. You will have to go to the menus and change to AF-on for the AE-L/AF-L button. Now you can start controlling focus and also follow your subject. Aperture mode is preferred mode (most of the time it is more important to control aperture than shutter speed). You control aperture with the wheel. Shutter time is unfortunately not to be controlled with this camera. (in this mode.) But use auto-iso and there set a minimum shutter speed that you is comfortable with (your handshake/holding technique). Underexposing at higher iso always gives you a bad image quality (IQ), and the playroom for exposure correction in post is small. (Try a picture at iso 100 and play with the sliders and do the same with a picture with high iso, and you will see then with iso 100 you can push the pictures 3-4 full steps, but with high iso a half step might completely mess the picture.) And even without any changes at all high iso pictures have more noise and lacks in sharpness, color, contrast, etc... This amplifies a lot when pictures is under exposed. A camera in any program (auto exposure) usually is very good in exposure, but I´m not sure what happens when light is lower then lowest auto-iso shutter time. Will camera underexpose, or use lower shutter times? Now I have taken for granted that aperture is set at lowest f-stop.
  11. @@douglaswise I would like to add a bit to the analysis. There might be more problems / challenges to overcome in the quest for good pictures. I would say that ISO 3200 is about the upper limit for a D3200 for what I would accept nice wise. Actually I think it might do very well in some circumstances with iso 3200 and terrible in others. Most of that comes down to correct exposure. The higher iso the more it depends on correct exposure. An underexposed picture with iso 3200 will look really bad. I guess in the jungle with dull weather, hence fairly low light, and with a maximum shutter of f 5,6 often available light will not suffice. And there is a risk that the camera will underexpose or camera will choose really slow shutter time. Other problems might be correct focus / how you work the autofocus system. If you use it with some kind of auto mode, operating the autofocus on the shutter button (compared to back thump/af-on) and when the system uses more then one focus point, risks are fairly high that focus will be fooled and looked on to grass, leaves etc. I would also never use program mode. Control is to little, and camera will make bad choices in these demanding situations (easy situations is people in good light, but that will also be very good with a smartphone). I would choose aperture priority with D3200, and auto iso. Actually I mostly use manual with auto-iso, but that will not work difficult with the d3200 as it lacks one of the operating wheels (one for aperture and one for shutter) that "better/higher end" cameras have. For more explanations look att the thread I started a while ago:
  12. Thanks a lot. Very interesting and a good guide.
  13. Wow, that is a teaser. I´m really looking forward to see more of this
  14. Day 8, 12th March Early morning I got another Buff-crested Bustard dÁrnaud´s Barbet. What is lovely is that small green leaves that start growing so fast after the rain. Desert really comes a live. Some reptile. But lovely colors I think. A larger reptile, the monitor lizard out walking. I wonder if they could be catched by a large eagle. I think a Reticulated Giraffe The beautiful Vulturine Guineafowl And last but not lest a sunbathing crocodile in Ewaso Ngiron river. My thoughts of this trip is that I found Both Ol Pejeta and Samburu to be places very well worth visiting. Ol Pejeta is fantastic for it´s Rhinos. Samburu is more wild and I love it´s semi desert landscape. To me Samburu was new and had something different to offer than what I have experiences on previous safaris. Samburu will bo on my short list for places to go back to

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