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Posted by
Yonatan (New York, United States) on 29 June 2012 in Animal & Insect.

Photographed in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Safari photography was a very rewarding challenge for me. The environment is not easy to work in and thus every sharp shot that you walk away with is extremely satisfying. For starters, while you are fairly close to the animals, you need a decent focal length lens to really bring them in and fill the frame. On this trip I used my 70-300 lens which I specifically bought for the safari. With my camera's 2x crop factor, my maximum focal length was equivalent to 600mm on a 35mm camera.

This particular lens unfortunately did not come with a tripod mount, but luckily, a German engineer designs a lightweight attachment which allows you to then mount the lens on a tripod. This is essential to better balance the apparatus. In Botswana the jeeps are completely open making it difficult to stabilize your lens. I'm told that in eastern Africa bean bags are the way to go, but these really don't work in Botswana because of the jeeps. I used a Manfrotto monopod with a ballhead and this allowed me to stabilize my shots while on the jeep. Every scene required adjusting my ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed and careful metering to expose properly.

As I post more of my safari photography I will continue to go into some of the techniques that I used and some of the useful equipment that helped me improve the quality of my images. I am very interested in getting critiques as this trip was my first real foray in wildlife photography.

OLYMPUS E-5 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 400 601 mm (35mm equiv.)

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1/400 second
ISO 400
601 mm (35mm equiv.)