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….





Attention Photographers:  Groupon Deal For Photo Prints On Glass

Attention Photographers: Groupon Deal For Photo Prints On Glass

Popping up in my Facebook stream this evening was a deal from Groupon that gives you the ability to have your photos printed on glass for only 29.99.   The regular price for the product is normally 169.99 so it equates to about an 80% savings.  Not bad!

The printing is done through and for the $29.99 you can have your print put on a 16×20 inch piece of glass.   In addition, you’ll get an 8GB USB memory stick when you order your print.

According to, your image is heat fused to a pain of glass and is treated to be UV proof and comes with hangars attached for easy hanging.   It would be interesting to hang it on a window to see what the sunlight would do to an image.  I guess I’ll have to find out and order a couple.

Looks like you can order up to 10 coupons from Group and have 90 days to redeem them.

To redeem the offer, click here to visit and type in ‘‘ in the search field.

Scenes From Safari: Part VII

Scenes From Safari: Part VII

Part 7 continues with more photos that I though were worth sharing from our recent Safari trip.    You’ll find below photos from a wide variety of critters including Giraffes, Leopards, Rhinos, Cheetahs and a few birds.   After the photos, there’s a short video showing an adolescent Elephant greeting our vehicle…..

If you missed my previous installments, use the following links to see each part:

Part I,   Part II,   Part III,   Part IV,    Part V,   and Part VI



A rare daytime sighting of a Night Heron


A Hamerkop (left) and a male Saddle Bill Stork share a watering hole…..


A Majingilane Pride Lion, nicknamed ‘Scar Nose’ puts his ‘hair’ into the wind……


Hyena siblings enjoying a moment……..


A young Rhino hones his horn on the post…..


A Giraffe leans in to see what I was doing……


A suspcicious Hippo finally came up after spending 5 minutes under water.


Capturing a moonrise behind a Leadwood tree with Stars in the background.


A Leopard is not distracted by having her photo taken……


A male Cheetah looking towards a herd of opportunity.

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This elder Rhino is missing a fantastic sunrise……


This Crocodile is leaving after being beaten in a fight by an even larger Croc.


A Gray Hornbill sits in the highest tree he could find…..


Another Leopard takes a pause after a succuessful hunt (notice the blood on his shoulders?)



Sunset:  Lake Michigan Style

Sunset: Lake Michigan Style

Ahead of a trip to Europe in a few days, I needed to calibrate a few pieces of equipment so we decided to make an afternoon of it and head to Lake Michigan and catch the sunset.

For those of you unfamiliar with Lake Michigan, it is the 5th largest lake in the world with a surface area of 22,400 square miles and has over 1600 miles of shoreline.  It it also known as the largest lake in the world to be within the borders of a single country.  History suggests that the name Michigan comes from the Ojibwa word ‘Mishigami’ which translates into ‘Great Water’.   Very fitting.

Being that I live only 20 minutes from the lake, I figured it would be a good place to take the photos I needed to test the equipment.   Conditions were great and we were treated to a fantastic sunset, so what became a quick run for a few photos became bit of a ‘trip report’.

All of the following images were taken inside of Holland State Park.  Fortunately crowds were small but the view was large!  Enjoy!

A bit of history behind Holland Harbor:



No trip to the lake is complete with the standard Seagull photos……

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While waiting for the sunset, a Windsurfer provided some decent subject matter….

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Then came the light show……..


I like this shot especially because of the contrast between the blue sky and clouds ‘blocking’ it from the sunset.


My favorite from the evening…..




Visitors are treated to a dramatic sunset….


Holland, Michigan's famous Lighthouse at last light....

Holland, Michigan’s famous Lighthouse at last light….

GROUPON DEAL:  Metal Photograph Prints For 85% Off!

GROUPON DEAL: Metal Photograph Prints For 85% Off!

Just a bit off topic with this one…

However, I came across a great deal from  GROUPON that lets users buy metal prints of their photos for 85% off or better.

I’ve used them a few times in the last couple of weeks to print a few of my Safari photos and I have to say I’m really impressed with how they turned out.   I was a bit nervous because you usually get what you pay for, but it this case I got a lot more than what I paid for!


For scale, the Leopard about is a 16×20 print and the Lion to the right is an 11×14 print.   I noticed with my prints, they have a really nice sheen to them and have almost a 3-D like quality to them.

The GROUPON deal is through and comes in 3 price ranges:

10 x 7 Prints are only $9.99 (regularly 69.99)

11×14 Prints are only 14.99 (regularly 89.99)

16×20 Prints are only 19.99 (regularly 139.99)

In addition if you use the coupon code “ENJOY30” you’ll get an additional 30% off of these prices at checkout.  These prices also include shipping.

Uploading the photo and processing it is easy, just make sure you have a high enough resolution of your image.   The PrinterPix software will tell you if you’re print will look good or not depending on the size you upload.  4 or 5 stars, and its will turn out.  Anything else will cause a pixelated image.

So for all you traveling types and plane spotters, here’s a great chance to put some of your best photos on a really nice metal print.     Might not be a bad idea to use this deal for Holiday gifts as well.

From what it looked like, there were also deals for canvas prints, mugs, albums, calendars, etc. etc. etc.

To find the deal visit GROUPON.COM and in the search field type PrinterPix.   You’ll be taken to the PrinterPix Groupon site where you can buy your coupons for this deal and other offers from PrinterPix.