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.

March 2011 Newsletter is Live

The March 2011 Out There Images, Inc. Newsletter is live over at the main site. This month we cover some great new topics:

- Book Review: Exploring North American Landscapes by Marc Muench
- February GOAL Assignment: The Defining Characteristic
- March GOAL Assignment: Triptychs
- Photo Techniques: Shooting a Play
- Digital Tidbits: Getting the Red Out
- Workshop and [...]

Same Photo, Two Views

The iconic image in Tanzania is the acacia tree at sunrise or sunset. Every time I go on Safari, I work to find different variations of this theme. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t. Gotta keep trying!
The two images below are from the same photograph. The bottom image is the original and the top image [...]

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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Life on the Mara River, Tanzania

At the northern end of the Serengeti in Tanzania lies the Mara River. The annual wildebeest migration crosses over the Mara river as it heads to the Southern grasslands in Tanzania. The Mara River is an intriguing place because over 1 million animals have to cross the river, and there is a huge predator population [...]

People of the Masai

Last week while in Tanzania, we took a day trip up to the Loliondo region of the northern part of the Serengeti. One of the local Masai tribes is very friendly to photographers, so our group spent a few hours getting to know some new friends! What a great time. Here are some images from [...]

November 2010 Newsletter is Posted

I’m just about to step onto the plane for Africa but wanted to post the link for our November 2010 newsletter. Follow the link to learn about:
- Free Camera Bag Giveaway for November
- October GOAL Assignment: Shoot at Night with Ambient Light
- November GOAL Assignment: Less is More
- Digital Tidbits: Panorama Merge to Single Image [...]

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