Elsa Hoffmann

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About Elsa Hoffmann

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    Photography, and everything around photography. My guided tours are about photography and the websites I build - about photography. Play time on the Mac - around photography. In my next life - I will come back as a camera.

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  1. Ye I like the grebe too. Thats an excellent shot! I find them difficult (the adults) lots of white that I tend to blow out far too often - especially since it's usually wet. Or I am just dumb Here is a grebe baby. I understand they can't swim after hatching - and catch a ride with the parents for a while. There are 3 babies in the one shot. These photos are 6 years old - excuse the quality
  2. I don't think it's important to say that a trip to ABC-city cost x$ for 10 days - I would be more interested in what one should plan for - eg - entry fees - like in Istanbul - buy one of those passes that allows you 5 entries how expensive is transport - eg - do you use private transport - is it expensive - rent a vehicle - or is the infrastructure suitable to hop on a tram or something like that. Tour operators usually list their package prices on their websites - but those are for fixed tours, that information is readily available. how expensive is food, accommodation - that kind of thing would be of interest to me. We dont always tally every single cent we spend on any trip - so ai general idea of what to expect can be useful. For Cape Town I will say this - the infrastructure isn't user-friendly for traveling. Trains are cheap but should be a no-no for tourist. Taxi's are expensive. Uber is cheaper. Car Rental is viable. Hop-on red tour bus is good - but limited.
  3. I think sometimes people are embarrassed to admit how much they spend on trips But I agree with you - it is something we are probably all interested in - maybe not at the time of reading the thread - but whenever you plan a trip somewhere - you search the topic - and find the info you need - the cost might therefor become important to others.
  4. @Peter Connan I have some - but I am not going to compete with the last one! But I now know where to find them - just about every single time I want to see them (besides in my garden that is)
  5. Thanks @Dave Williams - but seriously... The colony I stayed at - was 60 ooo birds big. Yes. They were all over one another. Unfortunately I didnt get them fishing - just breeding. But bottom heavy they are ...
  6. I must admit - my shots dont come close to the others posted in this thread - goodness gracious me - you people are GOOD! An absolute stunning thread. (and pics !!)
  7. Sorry for the late response @Peter Connan I have family visiting. And it IS as they say - family are like fish - after 3 days they go off. I had the privilege to spend 5 days in the middle of a Cape Gannet breeding colony. And I mean in the middle. I simply cant post all my favourites - it would fill up several pages.
  8. Tulips - I fully "get" what you are saying about feeling like a voyeur - one can never understand how the people of the townships really feel about visitors. But you are correct in saying that they benefit a LOT from visits - for some it means absolute survival. I keep thinking your photos are some of the best travel photos of Cape Town I have seen in a long long time. What gear did you bring along if I may ask?
  9. I really enjoyed looking at your photos! Very nice series
  10. oh you hit the nail on the head with that comment...
  11. Tulips - communication is key - exactly as you said.
  12. Xelas yes - obviously depending on what you like to photograph. And how much time you want to spend doing it, and remember I am talking from a photographic point of view - as I specialize in photographic tours. Other interests will be different. When we go out to shoot - we can get stuck in one location for hours - photographing birds (if the conditions are good) we go to one specific venue and can spend 5 hours just in ONE venue. Tourists generally move on quicker - because they have less time than us locals - and they want to see as much as possible. SO it does depend on your level of enthusiasm for shooting. Also keep in mind - not everybody is interested in everything - some might not like birds - that cuts out some venues. Some might only want landscapes - or wildlife. I dont do fixed tours in the sense of a specific route - my venues/destinations are dependent on what the client likes to shoot. So every tour can be different - and times vary - if you include sunrises and sunsets. And then there is traveling time..
  13. Once you have been to Cape Town - you want to come back. And some even move here after their first visit. Cape Town has a lot to offer to anybody - tourists and locals alike. When you come here for photography - dont plan on doing it in one day - it's not possible. Especially if you want to go where us locals go for photography - and not just drive-by half of the places. Something I can share from my experience as a photographic tour guide and photographer - distances can be an issue time wise. Meaning - where you stay can influence your tour. 12 Apostles is perfectly located for a Peninsula Tour - but for some other places - it can add quite a bit of traveling time as you have to be collected from the other side of the mountain, and as photographers know - time traveling is time lost shooting. The CBD or V&A Waterfront is more centrally located, and one also has more places /options to wonder about by yourself. However - the 12 Apostles Hotel is located in a seriously beautiful spot. This is just a thought - and in my own experience. I love your photos - you captured the mood and feel of Cape Town well. And regards Hyrax and sunbirds - I never tire of either. I think we all feel that way I hope you will return to visit us again!
  14. I was sort of looking for a D500 for birds - as my D800 is a tad short with 500mm ( have 2 x D800) What MIGHT appeal more - is a D850 - which when shot on DX mode - still gives you sufficient pixels - and I wont compromise loosing one of my D800's However - due to the price of new cameras - I decided to stick with what I have for a year or 3 more. But going to D850 instead of a D500 (for me personally) might make more sense - if I wanted to spend the money.
  15. Peter - still enjoying the great images. Love the dwergvalkie especially

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