Enter To Win Your Choice Of High End Cameras ($3000+) !!!

Enter To Win Your Choice Of High End Cameras ($3000+) !!!

Normally I don’t pimp these kind of offers, and I don’t receive any compensation for it either, but in this case it’s an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass by.

LensRentals.com, SLR Lounge,  and a few of their partners have teamed up to host a contest that will award it’s winner their choice of one of 3 high end cameras (Click to visit contest webpage).   

The lucky winner will be able to choose a Nikon D850, a Canon 5D Mark IV, or a Sony a7R III as their prize.   Each is worth over $3000!

This is one of those kinds of contests where you can gain multiple entries by subscribing to their mailing list, following them on instagram, sharing it with your friends, etc.   But it may very well be worth it if it means you getting one of these high end cameras for your ‘hard’ work in jumping through their hoops.

Please keep in mind the contest is open to US residents only and ends on February 15, 2018.

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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….

a lion eating an animal

an elephant standing in tall grass


a giraffe eating leaves from a tree

a giraffe in the sun

a lion walking in the wild

a lion in the dark

a hippo in the water

a lion eating a piece of meat

a leopard drinking water from a pond

a lion lying down in the dark

a group of warthogs lying in the grass


a plane flying in the sky


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:

a large orange circle with black background

a circle with a hole in it

a sun in the sky

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


a moon in the sky

a moon in the sky

a crescent moon in the sky


a crescent moon in the sky


a moon in the sky

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


a sun eclipse in the sky


a moon in the dark


a close-up of a plane