Steven NY

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  1. I went on my trip of a lifetime Safari in late September. I apologize for taking so long to post any sort of a review; in particular, because people on this board were so helpful in my preparations and answered so many questions. I will not post a day by day account. Rather, I'll summarize my trip and let some of my photos speak for themselves. My guide at Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater was Steven. A man with 31 years experience. He was awesome. I stayed in a Lemala Camp throughout. The camp was great. The people warm and attentive. Food and accommodations just right. The other guests were all interesting and in the Lemala Mara where I shared a game vehicle they were all fun to travel with. My two cameras and 3 lenses were spot on. Extra batteries and all the stuff I fretted about in advance worked perfectly. I took over 2000 photos and a fair amount of video. I intend to make a multi media presentation of my trip and I will come here when it is done and post it or a link to it. I saw every animal I had hoped to, except Cheetah, which was a big disappointment. No Rhino, but I was not counting on that. No animal kills - only the aftermaths of it. I did see a failed attempt by a lioness. She was stalking Zebra, but they saw her before she could charge. No Great Migration. It came early this year and was essentially over in late September. I did see some Wildebeests and Zebras crossing, but not in the numbers I had hoped and without the crocs laying in wait. I know the migration came through before I got there because the river smelled like Hell and the vultures were feeding on carcasses. I am not a birder, but Steven and Zobdi, my guide in the North, took pride in pointing them out. I got some really nice shots of the birds. A leopard and her two cubs was a highlight. All in all it was a fantastic experience and well worth the time and effort and expense it took for me to prepare for it. I have posted over 100 photos on my facebook page in the first month after I returned. As I looked through my shots I posted some of the best. If you go to Facebook and look for me (Steven Fromewick) you can look back through my posts which started when I got home and continued until a few weeks ago. Rather than post 100 shots here, I will post some of my favorites. Although, it is hard to choose one over the others. I hope you like them.
  2. I don't remember the name of those monkeys. It was in Lake Manyara. I'm sure someone here can name them.
  3. It is for exactly that reason I always tell people starting out in photography to NEVER delete anything directly from their camera. Some of my favorite shots, wildlife or even street photography, have been revealed to me when i looked at it enlarged on the computer.
  4. Thanks for the compliment on the photos and thanks for the help back when I was planning the trip. I hadn't realized I got the ostrich chicks until I got home and looked at it on the computer.
  5. Thanks for the compliment on my photos. The best thing about the Leopards was that it was a mother and her 2 cubs. I was a bit disappointed about the Cheetahs. I fantasized before the trip about a Cheetah jumping up on the game vehicle and maybe even climbing in to the seat next to me, like the famous shots of the guy from Ireland. It was probably part of an insidious plot to make sure I go back to Africa one day.
  6. As per request from AmyT - Here are a couple of leaping Vervet Monkeys.
  7. I don't know the url. It was actually a series of 20 to 30 posts. What I was suggesting is that if you go to facebook and then search on that platform, you'd find me. Eventually I'll have something prepared which willl incorporate all of those shots as well as some video.
  8. I am trying to put together a multi-media production of my safari. When I finish it I will post the production itself or a link to it. Thanks for your compliment.
  9. Lemala Ngorongoro is a very good camp. Your access to the crater is close and you can be on the crater floor 1st thing in the morning. My private Guide was "steven" I do not know how last name, but he is very experienced with 31 years under his belt. If you get him, say hello for me - Steven Fromewick. I was there in late September. I have a picture of the two us in my trip report. Have a great time..
  10. I thought you'd want to know how I handled my photo equipment. I brought a canon 80D & 70D. I had a Sigma 10-20, a Sigma 18-300 and a Sigma 150-600. The glass wasn't quite as sharp a I hoped; although within tolerable parameters. Next time I will make sure they are properly calibrated to my camera before I go. Although, it could simply be the difference between a $1000 3rd party lens (albeit a highly rated one) and a $5000 Canon "L" lens. Some of my pictures are in my trip review. I took a 1TB WD Wireless Passport Pro. Worked like a charm. I backed up my cards to the HD and it was always ready to go. I could check the download with my smartphone, but could not look at the shots as they were in RAW form. Nevertheless, I knew they were there. When I came home I had two copies of everything and I always kept the cards in a small case which I always carried with me. In short, I was well protected from theft or a disaster with on of my sets of images.
  11. I will be going to Tanzania for a week in mid-September. I am really psyched about my first safari. I have a Canon 70D and will be buying a new 80D. I have a Sigma 15-600 and a Sigma 18-300. I think I am pretty well covered there. I will also bring a bunch of 64Gb and/or 32Gb cards. I do not know what to do about backup. I have read countless posts about the need to back-up each day. However, with the weight restrictions I am concerned about keeping my stuff limited. I will carry a small duffle for clothes and sundries and a backpack for the photo gear and electric stuff. I do not own and will not bring a laptop. So, what do I use for backup? I need something reliable and I need to know the backup is complete. Without connecting to a laptop, how can I be sure? I see a Canon wireless backup which can also be used for connecting to hdmi for viewing. It is around $250 and I can get it in a package with my 80D. It weighs over a pound, so that is adding to the weight. I am so concerned about the 33 pound weight limit (I'll be taking 3 bush flights during my trip) that I am leaving my Sigma 10-20 (great for wide shots at the crater and night sky shots), and a small tabletop tripod (again for right sky shots) at home. I'd love to bring them, but I am paranoid about any hassles with weight. I may go over the 33 pounds by a few, so I do not want to be put in an uncomfortable situation. Any suggestions for backup equipment and a good backup protocol? Thanks - Steven
  12. Two Intertwined Zebras in the Northern Serengeti.
  13. Golden Hour in the Northern Serengeti.
  14. Thanks for your nice comments. An interesting note about the Eland, which of course I was not aware of when i took the shot. I entered 1/2 dozen of my photos in the Rhino Africa Photographer of the Year contest. I don't think my shots are spectacular, as I have seen lion shots and others which are quite stunning. They have rejected everyone of my shots in the preliminary stages, except the two intertwined zebras, which means they do not go into the online gallery and the judges do not get to see them. One of the rejected was the Giraffe/Eland shot. They claim either it is not well composed, not focused, not meeting technical requirements, or not within the Wild Africa theme. I wrote back to them and they have not relented. If you go to the gallery you will see quite a few very mundane and ordinary shots. I think my 3 Impala in the Golden Hour light is one of the best shots I've ever taken. I think they're nuts.
  15. Thanks for your nice comments. The hippos were a fair distance away - distance is a good thing between man and hippo. I was very grateful that I took the trouble to take a long lens. All the fretting over weight requirements and storage, etc. was worth it.
  16. I just posted a review of my trip. Look for it. Hope you like it. In short, I had a fantastic time.
  17. I'm around 5 weeks from my Tanzania adventure. I am fairly certain I will always be in a vehicle with a pop-top. I will be actively shooting with a Canon 70D & 80D, a Sigma 150-600 & a Sigma 18-300. I have a bean bag. I will also have a pair of binoculars around my neck. I generally keep my camera slung over my shoulder and only put it around my neck when shooting. I do not want my camera sliding off my shoulder. I may have a shirt with epaulets. I doubt the larger lens will ever be hung from my neck, as it would be too heavy. It will be supported on a bean bag and still slung over my neck. I'd hate to accidentally send it over the side of the car. Here's the question: It seems that I will have a lot on my neck and it may become uncomfortable over time. However, I think it is a necessity. Does anyone use a different type of camera harness or holster or strap, which may be useful. What do all of you do with that much equipment? Thanks Steven
  18. Two weeks from today I'm on my way to Tanzania, ending up in the Northern Serengeti. I think I've got my camera equipment covered. Two bodies - Canon 70D & 80D - 3 lenses - extra cards - remote trigger - mounting mic, etc. Going to put it all in my new Incase backpack and see how much the whole thing weighs. I'm wondering about polarizing filters. I always have a UV-Skylight filter on, primarily for protection. I occasionally use polarizing filters, when there is much glare or a fantastic sky I'd like to enhance. I think I would have a problem with the filters as my three zoom lenses - Sigma 10-20, Sigma 18-300, Sigma 150-600 all use lens hoods which make it difficult to turn the filter. It may be too much trouble to have to fiddle with it while on site. On the other hand, I imagine some of the landscapes I'll see will be incredible and perhaps worthy of a filter. Any thoughts on this?
  19. Tomorrow's the day.
  20. Leaving on Sunday. 3 more days.
  21. Thanks. I knew there was a reasonable explanation for that third prong.
  22. I'll be staying in Lemala Ngorongoro an Lemala Mara. I expect the great migration to be going pretty strong while I'm in the Northern Serengeti.
  23. 9 days until I leave for Tanzania. Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Northern Serengeti, then Amsterdam for a day of rest and whatever until I return to NYC. Becoming more excited each day.
  24. I'm going to Tanzania in 9 days. I bought a Conair Travel Smart adapter. You can plug in two chargers and a USB at the same time. It seems odd that one of the three prongs for use in GB and Africa has a plastic prong. I'm not sure what function that would serve. I'll report back as to how well this worked for me.
  25. Thanks for the responses. I'll have to see how much all my study weighs, and how well it all fits into my new backpack. I looked at You Tube and found several very informative videos on filters. I think I'll put them on my list as something I could leave behind if needed. It may be too much trouble changing them on safari and I'm likely to get very little use out of them anyway. Thanks.

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