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Namibia Photography Tour – ProPhotoNut

Namibia Photography Tour - ProPhotoNut

I’ve by no means had visitor writers on this weblog earlier than, however Julie, my spouse has simply returned from operating a photographic tour round Namibia and I would like her to share the journey/ story with you. Julie plus 5 photographer shoppers launched into a visit of a lifetime and right here is her write up.

Julie Lovegrove’s report: The best lodging in Namibia could be very restricted within the ‘must see’ locations and might be extraordinarily arduous to safe, so I began the planning course of 17 months in the past. A whole lot of hours and emails later I set off on my first solo hosted tour. Though it was primarily a panorama images journey, there was loads of wildlife to photograph too. Here’s a number of my favorite photographs……

Digital camera: Fujifilm X-T2 (Further photographs from an iPhone 6)
Lenses:  Fujifilm XF100-400mm, XF18-55mm. XF14mm.
Submit manufacturing: Lightroom Basic CC

Under is among the locations that made me need to go to Namibia; The unimaginable diamond mining city that was inbuilt 1908 and deserted solely 48 years later in 1956. The desert is now slowly reclaiming the buildings via damaged home windows and open doorways. I organized for particular images permits which meant we might be there undisturbed when it was closed to the general public, and we spent as a lot time as we needed to seize the surreal scenes.

01. The homes have been very elegant of their day with pretty staircases, extensive doorways and excessive ceilings. I often completely should straighten horizons and be sure that vertical strains are literally vertical, however I purposely left the doorframe on the left barely ‘off’.

The city wasn’t simply house to single males dwelling tough and hoping to make their fortunes; entire households lived there, and facilities included a faculty, a hospital, a provides retailer, an ice manufacturing unit, a theatre, a fitness center, and a skittle alley to call however a couple of.

02. Above left is among the communal rooms within the hospital the place recovering sufferers might chill out. I think about it with potted crops and cozy chairs! Above proper: There’s in all probability a rest room beneath all that sand. I really like the fading paint on the door.

 

03. There are some nice colors to photograph, whether or not they be in rusty corrugated iron or the fading paintwork. Rooms by way of rooms additionally present fascinating views.

 

04. One of many homes has been was a mini museum and it’s a treasure trove of historical past. I really like photographing particulars; That was all the time my forté when photographing weddings with Damien. Prime proper is the wheel of a stitching machine.

I employed two 4x4s for our journey and we shared the driving. Namibia is an enormous nation however with a inhabitants of solely 2.three million, there’s little or no visitors. The tarred roads are wonderful, however solely cowl 5,450 km. The rest of the roads are gravel, and canopy a staggering 37,000 km.

05.  Namibia might be the one nation on the earth to have this warning signal.  We did see loads of Oryx roaming freely.

We spent fairly a number of hours on these gravel roads, looking for the smoothest bits and optimum velocity to ‘fly’ over the ridges but stay protected and in management. The mud cloud from approaching automobiles might be seen a number of minutes earlier than you attain one another, supplying you with loads of time to maneuver over from the  center or ‘wrong’ aspect of the street.

06. You possibly can drive for hours in Namibia and see lower than 10 different automobiles. We frequently stopped to photograph the surroundings.

One in every of our days was spent on a harbour cruise within the morning and a sand dunes drive within the afternoon. I’d by no means seen pelicans shut up earlier than and captured these birds in flight. These birds are big, which made focussing rather a lot simpler!

07.  Left:  ISO 640. f/four.zero. 1/4400 sec.  Center: ISO 640. f/four.zero. 1/3500 sec.  Proper: ISO 640. f/four.zero. 1/5400 sec.

 

08. This one landed on our boat – I really like its quizzical expression, the drop of water from its beak, and the best way the wind is ruffling the feathers on its head. A deep blue sky additionally makes me very completely satisfied 🙂

We had been instructed to stow our luggage away to maintain them dry, and as I wasn’t anticipating to photograph something shut up I had my XF 100-400 lens on the digital camera. I didn’t understand how lengthy I’d have till this pelican drifted away from proper subsequent to the boat so grabbed the one shot I might.

09. Regardless that I needed to chop off its beak resulting from having the improper lens on the digital camera, I really like the shut up textures and hues captured from this tight angle of view.

 

10. Such lovely smooth muted colors on these feathers.

Our Sand Dunes journey with an skilled driver was just a little hair-elevating however nice enjoyable.

11. I really like the sense of isolation on this shot.

We stored climbing and climbing and the views from the highest have been simply beautiful with sand dropping steeply to the ocean. The header picture on this submit was taken from the very best level.

12. Sure, it actually was as steep because it seems to be.

Along with seeing pelicans I used to be eager for us all to see flamingos, so on the best way again we drove alongside the coast to seek out them.

13. A flock of flamingos flew previous shortly after we had stopped.

 

14. Flamingos are very comical as all of them face the identical path when feeding, after which one among them makes the choice to vary path they usually all comply with.

The wonderful thing about self driving was the power to cease each time we noticed one thing we needed to photograph, even when it was only a tree!

15. I just like the strains that create triangles in entrance of the tree.

 

16. That is one in every of my friends on a railway monitor. There are only a few trains so there was no hazard. I’d moved my place by the point he walked again so the attitude is totally different, however I managed to line up the highest of the monitor by cropping in Lightroom in order that he seems to be photographing himself.

Indigenous to Southern Africa are the weird Quiver Timber. (Aloes) So named as a result of Bushmen hunt utilizing bows & arrows and use them to make quivers.  We stayed very near a Quiver Tree forest and photographed them late afternoon, at nightfall, night time, and daybreak.

16. These photographs have been taken late afternoon because the solar was setting.

 

17. This shot was taken at nightfall.

After dinner three of us drove the brief distance to the forest once more and punctiliously picked our method over the rocks within the darkness to photograph the Milky Approach over the timber. We needed to be cautious with the navigation on the best way again as we couldn’t see our automotive or any indicators of life and it’s quite straightforward to get misplaced.

18.  Photographing the celebs with one thing within the foreground is extraordinarily difficult when it comes to focus. I wanted to let as a lot mild into the lens as attainable with out having the shutter open for too lengthy, as greater than 15 seconds means the pinpricks of stars begin elongating because the earth rotates. It’s all a judgement name. Left: XF 14mm lens. ISO 6400. f/three.6. 15sec. Proper: This was taken the subsequent morning  at 05.25.

 

19. Taken at 05.40 earlier than the solar got here up.

The spotlight of the journey for me this yr was one thing I hadn’t executed final yr; spending time photographing a few semi-habituated cheetahs.  Namibia has the very best inhabitants of untamed cheetahs on the planet however they’re endangered on account of habitat loss, poachers and low ranges of genetic variation. This pair have been rescued as orphans and may by no means be launched as they will’t hunt for themselves. I don’t like animals to be in enclosures or worse nonetheless, cages, however these two have an entire hillside to themselves and have loads of area to roam and run.

20. Caught simply on the proper angle as the daylight exhibits her lovely orange eyes.

 

21. Though the sky was an excellent blue, the photographs additionally work nicely in B&W.

 

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23. These claws are razor sharp and solely semi-retract.

We have been fortunate sufficient to go to some rescued meerkats.  They’re at present solely 6 months previous, are fed every day, have a shelter, and have made burrows.  They don’t seem to be enclosed and may (and can) depart when they’re prepared.

24. One among my visitors getting near the meerkats 🙂   I really like the best way they maintain their paws when sitting upright.

 

25. Basic meerkat pose on the prime, and wonderful rim lighting on the underside shot.

 

26. This was the view from my room.  The colors change on a regular basis and I took a number of photographs to sew this panorama in Lightroom.

 

27. The golden hour, and one in every of my friends had climbed up a brief strategy to photograph a tree.  I see this shot and assume how a lot Damien want to see a younger lovely woman in an extended flowing gown standing there.

Namibia has a number of the highest sand dunes on the earth with the most important one rising to 383 metres. The wind blows the sand into fabulous shapes and we particularly went to see the dunes late within the afternoon when the solar was low within the sky in order that there can be fantastic distinction between the lit and unlit sides.

28. I just like the wisp of sand being blown from the highest of the dune.

 

29. I simply love this form.

Having visited the well-known Deadvlei final yr and brought dozens of pictures, I made the choice to not carry my digital camera this time as I actually needed to take pleasure in exploring it and completely take within the magnificence and strangeness of this place which has been nominated for the distinguished title of the eighth Marvel of the World. My friends have been astounded and thought I’d remorse it, nevertheless it was truly fairly liberating to only have a telephone in my pocket and benefit from the space.  In fact I couldn’t resist taking a couple of photographs, and the next four pictures are all taken on my iPhone and unedited.

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31. I noticed this form on the bottom and thought it seemed like a tree. I needed to stand on tiptoe and maintain my telephone above my head to get the angle proper.

 

33. I really like how the colors have proven up on this piece of lifeless tree.

One other cease on our tour was this big rock arch.  Final yr we have been like mountain goats scrambling up and down very steep boulders.  This yr we had a unique information who took us a special route that hardly concerned any climbing in any respect !

34. Proper – I knew that any person was going to abseil down from the highest and waited patiently to get this shot.

 

35. ISO 3200.  f/four.zero.  30 sec.

 

36. I took an amazing star trails photograph right here final yr, however there was an excessive amount of moonlight this time. I needed to prohibit myself to only photographing the celebs in a 20 second publicity. ISO 1600. f/2.eight.

The subsequent day we drove to Etosha Nationwide Park, and we have been fortunate sufficient to see a delight of 11 lions on one among our early morning recreation drives.

37. This shot was taken early morning earlier than it was vibrant.

 

38. Wildebeest make for nice silhouettes.

 

39. We stayed proper subsequent to one of many floodlit waterholes. As quickly as I noticed this black rhino there I arrange my digital camera on its tripod. I managed this shot at 1/ninth second towards all odds at ISO 10000. f/5.6.

 

40. Ostrich are very humorous birds. This one was posing for me, making an attempt to point out me her greatest aspect.

 

41.  Very crisp daylight made this publicity tough however the EVF on the X-T2 was the right information. Once I used to shoot with DSLRs I used a Hoodman Loupe to see the publicity on the LCD.

 

42. I spent about 20 minutes in the dead of night to get this shot of my room at one among our places. I had the fabulous, compact XF 14mm lens on the digital camera, and I couldn’t get again any additional.  Regardless of it wanting very shiny within the photograph, I couldn’t see the sides of the room within the darkness and it took a number of makes an attempt to get the framing spot on.  ISO 4000. f/three.6. 25 seconds.

I’m now a registered tour information in Namibia and having clocked up 13 months of educating images in South Africa and Namibia I’m bitten by the bug. Africa is in my veins and I’ll be again in Namibia to share this spectacular journey with 7 extra friends in 2019. Locations can be found proper now right here.

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