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  • Mara River Crossings

    The second instalment of my Maasai Mara trip.

    https://www.microcontrast.com/new-bl...iver-crossings
    Regards,
    Mark

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    http://www.microcontrast.com
    Too much Oly gear.
    Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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    Simply stunning photos Mark !

    Jax

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    • #3
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      Amazing photographs and brilliant text Mark. Great stuff.

      Ron

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      • #4
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        Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing photographs Mark. A great article / blog overall.
        Larry

        Cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Flash: Olympus FL-50R
        Lenses: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO, Olympus MMF-3 adaptor, Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6, Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5, Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 ASPH

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        • #5
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          Got to agree with the others absolutely superb images and narrative. I didn't think I was too bothered about going on safari in my dotage but you are starting to change my mind. My guess is that you'll have enough photographic work for a great exhibition when you've finished.
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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          • #6
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            Very nice photos framed by informative narrative. Thanks for sharing.

            My Gallery on 500px

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            • #7
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              Many thanks, everyone.
              Frankly it was difficult not to get decent images with the opportunities on offer plus the experienced advice from the Wild-Eye photo guides and drivers.

              The Oly gear worked very well for me - having 2 bodies with the 40-150 f2.8 on one and the 300 f4 on the other (+/- 1.4 converters when the light allowed) was a good way to cover most of the bases. Although having a panny 100-400 instead of the 300 would have added some flexibility, I don't think I'd actually have got any better images, just different ones. I do know the field of view of the 300 very well now, so I know when to reach for it and when not to.

              I also took the 15 f1.7 and the 45 f1.2, which were really useful around camp (more images to come on that), plus my IR converted M10ii with 12-32 (again, more to come). The only gear I took but didn't use was the Laowa 7.5 f2, but that's no carriage.

              This was a real bucket-list tickoff for me.
              Regards,
              Mark

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              http://www.microcontrast.com
              Too much Oly gear.
              Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
              Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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              • #8
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                Great set of photos there Mark, a real pleasure to see.
                Mark Johnson

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                • #9
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                  I really enjoyed the narrative and photos. It should inspire Phill D and others to take the plunge. There's nowhere quite like Africa for getting stunning wildlife photos. Our next trip is pencilled in for February.
                  David

                  EM1ii, EM10ii

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by Melaka View Post
                    I really enjoyed the narrative and photos. It should inspire Phill D and others to take the plunge. There's nowhere quite like Africa for getting stunning wildlife photos. Our next trip is pencilled in for February.
                    Regards,
                    Mark

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                    http://www.microcontrast.com
                    Too much Oly gear.
                    Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                    Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                    • #11
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                      We'll be back to the Kruger again, probably for a fortnight which will give time to do the northern part where we haven't been for several years. For anyone thinking of going the SAN Parks website has loads of useful info, especially for those new to safari, https://www.sanparks.org/forums/

                      Even with the depressed pound you get a lot of Rand and the cost of living isn't very high anyway. There can be few more self drive friendly parks than the Kruger.
                      David

                      EM1ii, EM10ii

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                      • #12
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                        Great.
                        We must get back to the Kruger, too.
                        I'd fancy spending at least a day or two doing the walking safaris available in the north of the Park - Pafuri is one of the places, I think.
                        Regards,
                        Mark

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                        http://www.microcontrast.com
                        Too much Oly gear.
                        Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                        Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                        • #13
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                          We've never done a walking safari and as as we're both over 75 I think the time may have passed for that. Several camps do them. There are also a few driving trails only open to 4x4 which you have to book in camp. These are distinct from the 4x4 trails marked on the map and only require a 4x4 to avoid damaging the track by wheelspin if it is wet. We may be tempted to hire a 4x4 so as to be able to do one. Usually we hire a 4x2 RAV4.
                          David

                          EM1ii, EM10ii

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                          • #14
                            Re: Mara River Crossings

                            Originally posted by Melaka View Post
                            We've never done a walking safari and as as we're both over 75 I think the time may have passed for that. Several camps do them. There are also a few driving trails only open to 4x4 which you have to book in camp. These are distinct from the 4x4 trails marked on the map and only require a 4x4 to avoid damaging the track by wheelspin if it is wet. We may be tempted to hire a 4x4 so as to be able to do one. Usually we hire a 4x2 RAV4.
                            Regards,
                            Mark

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                            http://www.microcontrast.com
                            Too much Oly gear.
                            Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                            Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                            • #15
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                              Mana Pools remains my most favourite National Park. We camped there while paddling canoes down the Zambezi back in the late 1980s and went for a game drive in the back of an old Land Rover before heading off back to Kariba, where we had left our cars.

                              Now that will have me looking up all my old photos which I have scanned from slide into digital.
                              Larry

                              Cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II, Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Flash: Olympus FL-50R
                              Lenses: Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO, Olympus MMF-3 adaptor, Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 SWD, Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6, Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5, Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f4.0-6.3 ASPH

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