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Madagascar, a long time in coming....

A damning example of how far behind I am with my cataloguing and also how long it takes me to get around to doing somethings.

Around the start of last year someone posted a question in the lounge asking why people came to the forum. One of the responses was that the member liked seeing the pictures from other member's travels because they were unable to travel far themselves. I thought it was a good opportunity to show some photos from my last visit to Madagascar. Well, nearly eighteen months later here they are (apologies in advance as they aren't your typical travel shots, I'm not good at people).

My partner's family own a property on a beach on an island off the Malagasy mainland. Every evening some locals and many of the tourists migrate to the nearby bar to drink a glass of the local beer (Three Horses Beer or THB (said in French)) as they watch this:


(1)

So on my first night I took my travel companion Seal (my son gave her to me before I left and she now accompanies me on any travels I make without my family):


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As the sun sets at about half five in the evening people are still heading home from wherever they spent their day:


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This is the last sunset picture I promise:


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The morning commute starts with the fishermen as they make use of the last of the land breeze to help them beyond the reef. The mountains in the background are on the mainland:


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The times that I have been here I have been fascinated by these little crabs and this is the first time I have been able to photograph them. Lying flat on the beach in the hot Sun I did get some odd looks from the locals and sunburn on the soles of my feet.


(6)

I have nicknamed them Sisyphus crabs. As the tide ebbs they dig deep burrows in the sand. I am not sure if they remain in them as the tide flows back but I do know these holes get filled in. So, as the tide ebbs again they get digging again and again, twice a day, every day. They aren't amateur diggers either, once they get going they'll move a lot of sand.


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This last one I hope gives a bit more of an idea of what this beach is like. Sadly, or perhaps I should say happily, this is one of the few beaches that hasn't been over developed. Long may it remain so but I have this sinking feeling that, once Madagascar becomes more accessible, it will suffer the same fate as many other tropical beaches around the world:


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I have had the privilege of visiting Madagascar on four occasions now and I find it a fascinating country. This was the first time I had been there with a 4/3rds camera and known what to do with it which is why I haven't posted previous photos (not that the ones I took on previous visits were much good). So I apologise to those who might have been expecting lots of lovely lemurs as I didn't get to see them on this trip.

I would appreciate any technical comments as this is the first time I have attempted more than just simple adjustments. Sadly these were taken before I started shooting RAW.

Thank you for looking.

Will (breathing a huge sigh of relief as, finally, this can now be ticked off my to-do list)
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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

Apologies for the wonky horizons, I thought I had straightened them sufficiently but it appears not.
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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

Wow - some lovely shots here. Number 5 is a stunner.
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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

We do indeed like pictures of other people's travels. Nice sunsets and nice undeveloped beach.
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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

I love no.5 the fisherman one could not stop looking at it :-)
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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

Thank you for your comments.

I'm glad No. 5 is being well recieved. It is the one I have played with the most as I knew it could be good when I first saw but it needed some work to bring it out. I was a bit worried that I might have over cooked it. I want to run it and maybe another of the series through DXO optics pro to see if I can improve further.

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Re: Madagascar, a long time in coming....

Some beautiful sunsets there! And a fascinating series. I love the close up of the crab!
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