Tanzanian Tented Camps

When people are considering going on a safari, one of the questions they commonly ask is, “what are the tent camps like?”
Their concern usually revolves around uneasiness about how rustic the sleeping arrangement will be or how exposed to the elements they’ll be. Rest assured that the accommodations are far from terrible! The reality is [...]

Tiny Monitor Lizard in Northern Serengeti

We were driving back to our lodge from the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti when we crossed over this small stream. Just as we passed through, we all spotted a tiny lizard sunning itself on a log. We all yelled “baby crocodile!” and stopped our Landcruiser. Upon further inspection, this little guy turned out [...]

November in Tanzania

Just back from a few weeks in Tanzania with the Nikonians Academy. Our 11 intrepid explorers had an incredible journey through Northern Tanzania. We took lots of great images of the usual suspects (lion, hyena, cheetah, etc.), but I wanted to show a bit of a different side of Tanzania with this post. Tanzania has [...]

Great Wildebeest Migration

Each time we go to Tanzania, one of our main goals is to photograph the great migration. Literally, millions of animals participate in this spectacle that brings them through the Serengeti and through the two great East African nations of Tanzania and Kenya.
The difficult part of planning trips to Tanzania is that you never know [...]

African Art and Wood Carvings

One of the traditional artforms in Tanzania is wood carving. Artists create all types of carvings such as faces, masks, people, bowls, bracelets and animals, but my favorite carvings are of faces. Makonde is the best known type of carving in Tanzania and is typically created using African Blackwood, or mpingo.
Mpingo is very dense and [...]

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Sepia

Mt. Kilimanjaro above the town of Moshi, Tanzania. November, 2010. I took the image with my Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f2.8 lens during one of my African Safari trips. In the computer, I processed it Photoshop CS5 using ACR, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Polarizer and Nik Silver Efex Pro Sepia conversion.

How Close?

When I talk to people about what it is like on an African photo safari, one of their first questions is wanting to know how close the animals get to the vehicles.
The answer?
CLOSE!
The thrill of having a leopard walk by your front bumper or a lion lean up against your door is undeniably cool. The [...]

Night Sky Photography in Tanzania

One of my favorite things to do on Safari in Tanzania is to photograph the amazing night sky. There is almost zero atmospheric pollution and on clear nights it feels as if you are a part of the cosmos. Here are a few shots of the starry nights in Tanzania.
The above shot is a composite [...]

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 Announced

Nik Silver Efex Pro is one of my favorite programs for creating black and white images. The great news is that Nik has just publically announced Silver Efex Pro 2.  I’ve been using the beta version to create some black and white conversions and can’t wait for the final version. Here are a couple samples.
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New article on Africa

Just finished up writing a new article on photo safaris for the Nikonians eZine. Check it out!
http://blog.nikonians.org/archives/2010/03/ezine_45_space_shuttle_commander.html#more
or
http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine45.pdf