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Old 27th August 2017
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My name is Alec Corper and I live in The Netherlands. I'm 65 more or less retired. Lifetime involvement in martial arts and on/ off relationship with photography. Last ten years several trip to Soth Africa and Botswana have reignited a desire to capture the light. Switched from Nikon to Oly a number of years ago, now trying to get a handle on the Em1 mk2, great camera but a touch puzzling at times. Hope to learn a lot here.
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Welcome Alec ask away. Post some local shots too I've been wanting to visit Amsterdam for a while now, hope to get round to it next year.
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Re: Hello

Welcome, Alec.
Most of us get puzzled by various aspects of the E-M1ii at times, especially the menu system, and this is a great place to find someone who can lighten your darkness!
I'm just in the middle of planning a S Africa and Botswana trip next autumn. Where did you go?
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Hi,
We started off in Zambia at The River Lodge along the Zambezi. This is the quiet side of Victoria Falls. Then on to Western Chobe, the Ngoma Lodge, great place for traveling along or on the Zambezi. Then back to Jo'burg for a few days and onto Sabi Sands, Londolozi. This was our 6th or 7th trip and next time we will do KwaZulu Natal. We are also thinking how to do the Serengeti from Tanzania but it is very busy and not so easy to access the quieter places
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Re: Hello

Nice.

A tip for KZN, in case you don't know it - don't forget the Battlefields area, including visiting the sites of iSandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Spion Kop.

If they're remotely in your price range, we'd strongly recommend staying at these two, who run wonderful battlefield walks:
http://www.fugitivesdrift.com/
http://threetreehill.co.za/

Fascinating for anyone interested in colonial history and warfare. Do you have any Boer connections?
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No Boer connections, I'm a lost Englishman who found a Dutch girl more than 30 years ago, and, as they say, the rest is history. Thanks for the recommendations, Rorkes Drift was on the agenda!.
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Re: Hello

I do encourage you to include iSandlwana, which was one of the greatest defeats suffered by the British army - 1700-odd troops and colonial soldiers killed by a 30-40k strong Zulu army. This happened mainly because the British commander hadn't bothered to laager (fortify) the camp because he thought they'd never be attacked. They are close.

Rorke's Drift happened on the afternoon of the same day, when around 4000 Zulus who hadn't been able to win glory in the main battle decided to attack a nearby trading post that was defended by 150-odd Welsh troops and some assorted others, some of whom were wounded already.

The big difference was that the defenders had around 90' warning of the Zulu arrival and they spent that time building some basic defensive improvements, which made all the difference.

Hence the discipline and bravery of the British soldiers behind temporary barricades, the intelligence of their officers, plus the firepower and reliability of the Martini-Henry rifle, held off the Zulus while suffering very few casualties.

Loads of VCs were awarded for Rorke's Drift, while it's a travesty that none were given for iSandlwana, despite plenty of evidence of supreme bravery by some of the soldiers. The fact that they lost was too embarrassing for the Empire.

'Zulu' is the fairly inaccurate story of Rorke's Drift (Michael Caine's first starring role), while 'Zulu Dawn' is a much more accurate and darker film of iSandlwana, which is much less known.

The iSandlwana site is really poignant: here are a couple of snaps of some of the British graves, plus the Zulu memorial.
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Re: Hello

A warm welcome to the forum Alec.
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Re: Hello

Thanks for the welcome all. Just posted a couple of safari shots for perusal. Be gentle ;-)
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A late welcome Alec....

Looking forward to9 seeing your African photos. I too have links there (Tanzania)

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Sorry guys, probably a dumb question, but I've created a public album under my profile, how do I link it to the Photos forum?
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http://e-group.uk.net/forum/album.ph...pictureid=2625

Don't really know the answer to your question Alec.

But have copied one of the your great shots here. My only solution is to enter the shots into the gallery, and thus easily copied to a thread like this.

Other members will have a better answer I am sure. ..........

I can see that the above did not work either.............need help... or just add them to a gallery page. Some nice shots as far as I can see....
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