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  1. @Marks @Tdgraves Thank you so much for your comments!
  2. I agree on the beetle and the prynia that are indeed, in my opinion, over sharpened. Obviously, you manage to realize it yourself. Nevertheless, without going back to the genesis of your thread, here are some other examples : the last pictures of # 106, 124 and 125 and the weaver’s nest on #107. But sometimes, if the picture is initially sharp, over sharpening does not harm or does a disservice a picture. On the contrary, it improves it. For example, I think that most of the flamingoes, that are gorgeous, at #76 & 77 are theoretically over sharpened, and over saturated also, but in this case, the over processing gives a lot of consistency and density to the photos. It darkens the white, which occupies an important part of the images, and sets the feathers and details of the heads off. Generally speaking, over sharpening should be applied moderately when a photos is full of small details, already sharp on the initial shots, such as grains of sand, small stones, tree branches, cats’ furs, birds’ plumage.....because it makes them too bright and therefore detracts from the quality of the photo by making it a bit blinding. For example, the kissing seals and, to a lesser extent, the scratching one (that is just as gorgeous) are close to being over sharpened. Here, I hope to have been modestly of some use.
  3. Trunk and tusks while bathing. The cheetah decided to move away. The elephant was still enjoying the mud bath. Its trunk was moving like a snake about to strike one of its forelegs and ultimately giving up. Almost completely covered with muddy water, the elephant went away while showing off as they can usually do.
  4. @xelas The work done by Zvezda is more than excellent. For me, and it's not really a critic, just a personal opinion, some pictures are too sharp for their posting size. I think that they do not need this "over sharpness" to be better. Anyway, great work!
  5. After lunch, we set out on our way back to Camp Hwange. No sooner had we gone than we were told by radio that there was a cheetah close to Masuma. So, Washington, before arriving to the crossroads with the road coming from Sinamatella and then turning right towards Masuma, decided, to save time, to take a short cut, by taking a narrow trail on the right that led us fairly quickly to the main road just after Masuma. The cheetah was always where we had been told, in the shade of a bush. It was the male I had seen near Camp Hwange in November, fifteen kilometers away. Then came an elephant that went to a hole that contained only muddy water for the obvious purpose of taking a mud bath. As the cheetah remained inactive, I asked Washington to position the vehicle on the other side of the bush, near the hole. And the mud bath began. Search the eye.
  6. Thanks, @Kitsafari That lioness, indeed, came so close to the other vehicle on the sighting.
  7. Thanks, @offshorebirder It's the first time that I managed to capture them so well.
  8. The next day, I decided to go for a whole day drive in order to visit the new Dave Carson’s bush camp, simply called Hwange Bush Camp, which is located near Deteema and to explore the area. In the early morning, a couple of hammerkops at Shumba Pan. Waterbucks at Masuma. Along the road to Robin’s Camp : A dark chanting goshawk, and double-banded sandgrouses. Little grebes at Salty Pan. At noon, we stopped for lunch at the bush camp. I made a separate topic regarding my visit:
  9. Last month, while I was at Camp Hwange, I had the opportunity to visit Dave Carson’s new bush camp, simply called Hwange Bush Camp. It’s a semi-permanent camp, that opened in May and only for seven months until November, located in the remote northern part of the park, near Deteema, half way between Robin’s Camp and the crossroads with the main road from Sinamatella to Main Camp . The camp is managed by one of the best Zim pro guides and certainly the best for that part of Hwange, the experienced Spike Williamson. Here are some pictures that I made during my visit. For more information, here is the address of a website :
  10. That pair that nest in the taruma tree was already there when I came for the first time in 2006.
  11. @monalisa Thanks, for the information. This is a pampa deer again. The pampa deer is smaller than the marsh deer and has a kind of white circle around the eye. Here is a photo of a marsh deer. Corinne is Marina's sister. She was, still recently, living in Australia with her husband Ben who is, I think, but I'm not sure, Australian.
  12. Sometimes not, sometimes yes, on a 7D Mk II
  13. @Geoff Thanks Geoff. Not precisely a 600 mm, too heavy for me now, but well a 300 mm/2,8 + extender 2x.
  14. @monalisa It's nice to have those late news of BA, thank you. Where Lucas and Marina present during your stay and are Claudia, Lydia and Fernando still there? Who is Ben? And yes it's a brocket deer, and no it's not a marsh deer but well a pampa deer. Marsh deers are not very common at BA.
  15. Hi Geoff, I'm happy to see that you eventually decided to relate your last year come-back to Africa. Great pictures as usual. I like the bee-eater (and I know how difficult it is to get a decent picture of those guys in flight), the hippo head, the chameleon and some more to come.

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