Safari 2017:  Part 1 Of Many

Safari 2017: Part 1 Of Many

Spending the last 2 weeks in Africa visiting three unique Safari camps, I finally now have the time to get caught up and start sorting through over 19,000 photos and hours upon hours of video footage including a dramatic Helicopter run through the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa as seen by a GoPro attached to the belly of the chopper.

For starters, here are some of the early favorites from the cameras.   This first batch is taken from my absolute favorite place on the planet, the Dulini Private Game Reserve in the western sector of the Sabi Sands of South Africa.   It’s tops on my list because virtually every game drive will have you seeing the ‘Big 5’ as well as a wide variety of smaller mammals and more birds than you can keep track of.   Never a risk of a bad or dull game drive and the photos will bear that out.

For this trip, I packed my Nikon D800 and D5, along with a Nikon 24-70, Sigma 150-600S, Rokinon 24mm 1.4 (For the star trails), and the ‘toddler’ as my wife calls it, the Nikon 600mm / f4.   The D5 did the most of the heavy lifting, but the D800 took lead on anything that needed huge megapixels.    I wound up having luggage far more full with Cameras, Lenses, cables, etc., than clothes and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the way it should be.

Enjoy these for now.   Many more posts on the way including a closer look at the SWISS First and Business Class experiences during our travels….

 

 

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A View Of The Eclipse From Michigan

A View Of The Eclipse From Michigan

Today’s eclipse that covered virtually the entire United States no doubt was an amazing spectacle to observe, and there are literally thousands if not millions of different perspectives that took place today.

For me, the perspective was from Michigan where we observed 81% totality.   I didn’t want to take the chance of traveling to an area where there would be complete totality only to be shut out by the weather.   In fact, about a 1/3rd of the path of totality was obscured with overcast conditions.   Several friends made the trek and some came away not seeing the eclipse.   I can at least say I finally saw one, if only part of it.

Though my photos may not be like so many others that are better due to the fact they had a better view of the eclipse, I can’t say that I’m unhappy with the results that I had from simply standing in my yard with tripod and camera doing the work.

So here is how I saw the eclipse today:

Today’s Eclipse sponsor in part by Apple Inc……

 

 

 

Totality in Grand Rapids, Michigan (81%) at 2:22p

 

 

 


Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

Plane Spotting Munich: Part I

A week ago I was in Munich for a week to participate in the Airbus A350 ‘Roll In’ event and in between gatherings and events, I had the chance to sit on a hill or 2 for a couple of days and catch aircraft coming and going from Munich.  Some spotting was challenging due to bad weather so some photos may be a bit gray and wet, but I suffer for my art! 🙂

Being Germany’s 2nd largest airport, ‘MUC’ is home to a variety of traffic that most people will not see at their home base.    Everything from local ‘LCC’ birds  to exotic African and Mid-Eastern traffic can be spotted on the tarmac, not to mention nearly half the Lufthansa fleet as well!

Not much else to say other than enjoy the photos.   More will be coming in the next few days as I sort through them.

 

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Etihad’s A6-EHL departing for Abu Dhabi

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Icelandair’s 757 heading for Reykjavik

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Lufthansa’s workhorse, the A320. Saw just a ‘few’ of them…

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Another of Etihad’s A346s arriving from Abu Dhabi

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Freising sets the perfect background for an arriving Lufthansa A340

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Lufthansa’s Special Bayern Munich tribute arriving in poor weather….

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The biggest bird in Luxair’s fleet……

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United aircraft ruined the shot at Terminal 2

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Air Canada does the same at Satellite Terminal 2

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First light over ‘EDDM’

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Singapore’s 777 9V-SNC heads for Singapore

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Thai’s 744 being pull to the gate a few hours before departure…..