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#221 KaingU Lodge

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:28 AM

That second one is both stunning and very difficult to pull of!

 

Many thanks Peter.  I picked up my much longed for fast aperture wide angle - a Samyang 14mm f2.8.  So far I am very impressed with it.  Tack sharp when focused properly and a reasonable price. 


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 08:36 AM

Yes the second is great. Milky Way and camp lights. There's a bit of stray, unwanted light in a couple of places but remarkably little and it looks great. How did you manage it - I am assuming it was not luck?

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 05:01 PM

Yes the second is great. Milky Way and camp lights. There's a bit of stray, unwanted light in a couple of places but remarkably little and it looks great. How did you manage it - I am assuming it was not luck?

 

Thanks Paul:

I kept my hand over the lower part of the lens for most of the exposure (to try and limit blowing out from the camp lights), counting to 25 in my head I then removed my hand (30 sec exposure).  Even then I had to add a graduated filter in lightroom over the bottom part of the image, pull down the highlights and exposure and job done.  Oh, and I had to be sure there was nothing around me before starting! 


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Posted 04 November 2016 - 08:27 PM

Panorama at the rapids 3 nights ago.  New moon and Venus.  I should have been finishing my trip report ;-)

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 04:49 PM

Another visit to South Africa and more amazing night skies despite a full moon. We took them just before it rose! The first three are taken at Grootkolk and Bitterpan wilderness camps in the Kgalagadi TP and the forth is at Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape. That night the moon created a lot of light just before it rose and the sun had not set long either.

 

The artificial lights from the units made a big difference to the colours in the sky. The halation in the first confused us but we finally realised it was caused by Venus which was incredibly bright. Pen

 

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:29 PM

Two attempts from our recent trip through Namibia.

 

This one from the Namib Rand Reserve...

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:34 PM

Quiver tree forest, Keetmanshoop...

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:50 AM

Both are stunning Morkel

I presume the moon was not quite dark?


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Posted 26 March 2017 - 01:55 PM

Villarrica Volcano and Milky Way. Pucon Chile.

 

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:56 AM

Welwitschia Mirabilis, the living fossil, andf a distant thunderstorm.

 

South of Brandberg, Namibia

 

Nikon D750 + Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, 30 seconds @f2.8 and ISO 4000

 

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We were supposed to spend the night camping in or near the Messum Crater. The "road" is a nightmare of corrugations, up to 20-30m wide in places as people try to miss the corrugations.

 

About 20km from Messum, I got a panicky radio call from my friend: "My car is overheating". I turned back immediately, and found that his radiator had no water in. Working in a light rain, we removed it, re-filled it but found nothing wrong. We re-installed it, re-filled it again and started it. That's when we found the leak. Radiator out again, and Pratley Steel epoxy to fix the leak (no self-driver should ever leave home without this stuff). We waited an hour, and re-fitted the radiator, but by now the sun was close to setting. Thus we drove a few kilometers just to check the repair, and then pitched camp right in the middle of the "road" as the sun set. 


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Posted Today, 12:08 AM

Very cool shot Peter - bonus points for the story.

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