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Finding the Needle in the Haystack- Photographing Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

March 4th, 2012 |  by No comments

A large Silverback Gorilla expressing his dominance high in the mountains of Rwanda.

“Please Stand Up”  Our guide Francois is crouched low in the thick undergrowth and taps Jeff and me on the shoulder motioning for us to move. We are both indignant that after  finding our positions, he wants us to move so that someone else can shoot. I continue shooting as I decide to slowly make room for someone else. I am more than startled when I suddenly touch Jeff to move, not to make room for someone to shoot but rather to make room for a 600 pound plus Silverback who is inches behind me waiting to pass. Francois smiled and said be calm and the giant took up resting spot less than a yard in front. My heart was still pounding as the large silverback gorilla with a couple of smaller female gorillas foraged  in the dense jungle undergrowth. They were casually picking small branches off the shrubs and pulling them between their teeth to remove the leaves.

Stephen Rimer from Unforgettable Journeys who set up this trip photographs Jeffrey Neu and myself as a large Silverback “asks us to move” from our shooting location so that he and his family can pass.

 

There were eight of us in our group photographing first in Rwanda and then onto Tanzania. Personally I flew from Miami to Atlanta and then to Amsterdam and finally from Amsterdam to Kingali, We had one addition to our group of seven friends, a wonderful gentleman named Jacques who was my roomie for the trip. We hit it off right from the start when we both discovered that we more than enjoyed the red juice . It is always a blast traveling with my good friends Jeff and Michelle. If you read my blog on Africa from my trip to Botswana last year you know that when we travel we eat well, sleep just a little and most importantly we laugh and take amazing photographs. This trip certainly started out with some good laughs. We arrived at our hotel for the first night and I was get acquainted with the local accent which at times is difficult to understand. There was a buffet set up and I asked one of the chefs what the meat dish was and I honestly thought he said kitten. I responded with no thanks but was relieved and laughed hard when Michelle pointed out that he said Kidney and not kitten. Still I am glad that I passed…..
I am still somewhat in amazement and awe that a little more than a year ago, I had little desire to get a series of shots and come to Africa. I am not really a wildlife photographer and at the time I seriously thought that Africa was going to be pretty similar to going to the Bronx Zoo or one of those wildlife adventure parks that you drive through in the States. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Africa. I was amazed last year by the light, the colors and the gesture of the animals and at the end of my trip last year I thought Africa ROCKED. I also thought that it simply couldn’t be topped. Once again I was wrong, and coming to Rwanda to see Mountain Gorillas has been an amazing trip.
Finding gorillas in Rwanda is akin to finding a needle in a Haystack. Gorillas share about 95% of our DNA and act very much like humans. Francois has studied the gorillas for over 30 years helping Diane Fossey back in the day. He is a total character who eats, sleeps and behaves much like the gorillas and probably shares more like 98% of the DNA.

Brennan Rimer from Journeys Unforgettable photographs Francois teaching me a bit about gorilla behavior as we hike through the rain forest.

 

Francois, our guide and our support team of porters and trackers.

 

Although almost everyone seems to have an AK47, the weapons are used only to scare buffalo and other wildlife that could threaten us in the jungle. Most of the weapons are old and were confiscated during the Genocide.

We meet up with our guide Francois at about 7AM for an orientation. After orientation, we are back in our vehicles driving bumping dirt and rock roads heading to the trailhead.  At the head of the trail we meet up with porters to help carry our hundreds of pounds of camera gear. Most  of these porters were poachers years ago, but now the folks on safari to see gorillas supply the income to support the protection of gorillas and at the same time the support of the local community.  As we pass through the fields, it becomes obvious that women do most of the hard work in Rwanda while men tend to sit around drinking beer made from bananas and talking.
 We are all wearing our gortex pants and jackets as we continue along the trail and we are curious as to how far we have to walk and what the terrain will be like. We start out on a well maintained trail passing by locals working in fields who all come out to greet us. It seems the entire population knows “Good Morning” even if it is late in the day.
 We reach the park boundary which is a high stone wall that we cross over. The wall runs for 60 kilometers and it was built to stop the farmers from extending their fields into the park and to keep the buffalo and elephants in the jungle, away from the crops. Once over the wall, all evidence of civilization dissipates. The path we have been following soon disappears, and we walk behind Francois and a group of porters some of who are wielding machetes to slash through the dense undergrowth. One carries a Russian AK-47 which was confiscated from time of the Rwanda genocide. We are told that it is used only to scare away buffalo or other wildlife.
The terrain quickly becomes steep. Francois stops along the way to teach us gorilla behavior. He rips some bark off of a eucalyptus tree with his teeth and strips thorns off of a plant and makes a variety of guttural, grunting sounds teaching us the entire gorilla vocabulary. We continue our trek which changes vegetation from bamboo forest to extremely thick jungle environment as we increase altitude which is now 8600 feet. Trackers spend the entire day from sunrise to sunset following and protecting the gorillas and relay coordinates to Francois. Fortunately, the last poaching in Rwanda was in 2002. Just under 9000 feet we stop and leave packs and everything but cameras for the final push. We scan the thick jungle and we see only thick vegetation but Francois spots one gorilla literally like a needle in a haystack. The incline is extremely steep and it rains on and off which is expected in a rain forest but difficult on photo gear and humans. We still don’t know exactly what lenses we will need or how close we will get and then Francois tells us to be silent. The adrenaline rushes through the body as we hear non human sounds and then right in front of us less than a meter away is a large Silverback Gorilla which takes your breath away with amazement and a little fear. I realize this is not the zoo and these are wild mammals that we are closer to than we would be in a zoo. It is a very exhilarating feeling that is simply indescribable to anyone who isn’t with us.  I suppose there is an unconscious connection with these enormous apes who in reality share most of our DNA.  They act so much like humans or maybe we act more like gorillas. We are allowed one hour with these giants and  we shoot gizigabytes of data.

We hike to 9000 feet passing lots of folks prior to the steep push into the dense rain forest jungle.

 

Folks of all ages come to say hi before we enter the rain forest.

 

It is an enormous adrenaline rush when we find the needle in the haystack. Your heart pounds when you are inches from the gorillas.

 

Yup it is a rain forest and it rained in biblical proportions!

 

We share 98% of the genetic material with these gentle giants and the experience is a once in lifetime adventure.

 

He is not smoking a cuban cigar, but rather eating a stick. Amazing to be this close to a 700 plus pound Silverback.

 

Large Silverback and young baby in the canopy of the rainforest.

 

The babies are beyond cute!

 

This little guy came to within inches of my camera.

 

It is quite rare for gorillas to have twins and we lucked out finding this mom and her babies deep in the jungle.

It is scary how human like the gorillas can be or maybe we are like the gorillas. This guy was about two feet in front of us lying down and staring at each one of us with his hand on his chin.

 

A very young baby playing just inches from us.

 

Cute and incredible to watch

We did three separate hikes, each to about 9000 feet to spend one hour at a time with a different group of gorillas.

 

We do three separate treks over three days each time visiting another family of these incredible animals in Rwanda.
Most folks hear Rwanda, and they naturally think of the horrific genocide that occurred there in 1994. A conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis resulted in the death of more than one million and left two million as refugees across the borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Uganda.
We started our visit to Rwanda in the city of Kigali making our first stop a visit to the Genocide Memorial which is a very emotional experience and something that everyone should do when they visit Rwanda. Times are very different from 1994. While the Rwandan people are happy hard working folks almost everyone can tell you about a family member or close friend who was killed during the conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis.
Rwanda today is a very different country from 1994. President Kagame has created an economic revival that includes NGO money, foreign aid, and social stability. Today, Rwanda is peaceful, and Kigali is considered one of the safest and most secure cities in Africa. Rwanda is also spotless. Unlike much of Africa and other third world countries, there is no trash and filth on the streets. In fact when entering Rwanda it is illegal to bring in plastic. So many outsiders would view Rwanda as third world and yet in many ways it is more ecological conscious than places like the US.  The last Saturday of each month the entire populous including the President and all the generals pitch in to pick up garbage and debris. It is a national past time. Unlike many tourists we ventured into every possible village that we came across and we were always greeted warmly. Never did I ever feel unsafe walking in alleys even at night. We could all take some major lessons from Rwandan society. The country is still however poor and we got immense satisfaction that when we photographed groups of kids, we would buy them pens. Five US dollars bought and entire box of pens and the kids were beyond thrilled. They wanted to run home and show their parents. They need pens for school and many can’t afford something that we take for granted. We were all impressed that the average person would walk several miles to market and back carrying items like a sack of potatoes which weighed 70 to 80 kilos on their head. Some of the women were carrying almost twice their own body weight.

Post war has been not only good for the people of Rwanda but also for the gorilla population which has flourished since the war. Tourism was just beginning to revive when the genocide in Rwanda blew up in 1994. As tourists disappeared, the income to pay park rangers to protect the gorilla families also vanished. During the genocide, gorillas were killed as Hutus fled Rwanda to the DRC. As refugees retreated into the rain forest, they bought with them various human diseases which also took a heavy toll on the gorillas.

After the genocide tourism slowly started to come back, but in 1999, eight tourists were murdered by Hutu rebels, again tourism came to a standstill. Now with peace for more than a decade it is impressive to see the rebound in tourism and in the entire country of Rwanda.
Mountain gorillas are located in a fairly small volcanic, mountainous region known as the Virunga Range which has eight volcanoes reaching as high as 14,000 feet. The most impressive of these volcano’s has been erupting for 50 years and contains a lava lake. It is in the DRC and it is high on my list of places to visit although  because of political unrest travel to the volcano is risky. We went to the border one night to see the volcano erupting but it was foggy and we could see only a small faint red glow.
The gorilla population has enriched Rwanda and as tourism expanded funds to care for the gorillas increased. In 1981 there were 254 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes area.  in 2011, the population increased to over 450.
Like human fingerprints, a gorilla’s nose has a distinct pattern that allows the rangers to readily identify it. Mountain gorillas are nomadic. They forage in the morning and evening, moving  through the jungle which makes finding them tough. Each group of gorillas have one large dominant silverback who charms the ladies and decides every move that the group makes.
Below the silverback in rank are younger males called blackbacks, several females and babies. A silverback will usually have four or five females in his group and they remain bonded for life. Younger males stay with the family until they are about 12 years old, when they begin developing white fur on their backs. At this age, they are ready to leave the family in search of young females to begin forming their own family groups. Occasionally, gorilla families will have more than one silverback. They seem to work out leadership issues among themselves.

Mountain gorillas live to an age of 40-45 years and gestation like humans  is 9 months. Generally, gorillas have only one baby but we were very lucky and spent one of our outings watching a mom with twins. As I watch and photograph the gorillas with my good friends we have one amazing encounter after another. At one point I am standing and photographing a gorilla and my friend Steve calls my name. I turn and this time it is not a large Silverback but rather a mother gorilla with her baby who has come up behind me in the dense jungle and is trying to pass. She brushes my leg as I make room for her to pass. This time I have no fear and only admiration for these incredible creatures.

Currently, the rest of the group is out on a final venture before we head to Tanzania. I decided to stay in the vehicle and write the first part of the blog while they are they are hiking  through the canopy of the rain forest photographing birds which still doesn’t excite me. I have smirk on my face because it started to pour in biblical proportion about 40 minutes after they left as I type away in Range Rover. One of my camera bodies was soaked on the first day with the gorillas and while I was able to restore it to a semi working state by placing it in a bag of rice, I do not want to risk my other camera body.
I am humored as the rain continues to pour on the vehicle. I can’t wait for them to return so I can mock my soaked friends.
I must admit that I am also a bit afraid, not of gorillas or other wild animals, but I am a bit fearful that I have keyworded quite a few birds. Michele really has me worried because moments before she left the vehicle she was using her iPhone to photograph birds in a African bird book and clutching her binoculars.
In all seriousness, sitting quietly in my dry vehicle, typing and watching the deluge I can reflect on my truly wonderful experience of observing and photographing mountain gorillas in their natural environment as they interacted with each other and occasionally with us. Mountain gorillas are listed as critically endangered, and their survival depends solely upon the future. I am glad that our visit help generates the income to sustain this incredibly species and I hope that our behavior as humans who share most of the DNA can keep this species on earth. Our past behavior is not encouraging but I hope for a brighter future.

We gave pens to kids because they need them in order to get into school. The pens were a cherished possession.

 

Rwanda is filled with color and we had as much fun in the villages as we did in the mountains.

 

Smiles and color abounds in Rwanda.

 

We never ever felt unsafe and it was a joy to go into the villages and meet people who always greeted us warmly.

 

A man sitting on bags of potatoes. The women carry these bags on their heads and some of the bags weigh more than the women.

 

A young girl carrying a boulder on her head and doing so with a smile.

The men relax and the women do a lot of the work.

 

We realize just how lucky we are when we see sites like this everywhere.

We see brand names and US logos on much of the clothing but many have very little.

 

A girl and her mom coming home from a wedding

 

The colors were very exciting for me and the people were very friendly and easy to photograph.

 

Complimentary colors are everywhere.

 

I shot close to 8,000 frames.

 

Could I have a little red with the blue? Sure, colors like this are everywhere...

 

Tea is one of the main crops and the tea fields are amazing

 

Red volcanic soil and rows of tea

 

Life in Rwanda is hard but it is an incredible place and I will return....

 

Amazing faces...

 

Behind every face there is a story....

 

A local market in Rwanda

 

Carrying bananas to market. The local folks walk several kilometers like this everyday.Taking chickens to a local market

 

 

Jeffrey and I playing around!!!!

 

I love Africa and can’t wait for the second part of this journey which will bring me into Tanzania and I am also beyond excited that I am leading another workshop In Africa in May which will take us to the Skeleton Coast, the sand dunes in Namibia and then onto Botswana. There are only two spots left on the trip with Journeys Unforgettable  so please visit d65 for more info on this trip and others planned for the future.

 


 


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D65 Seth Resnick -The Best of Africa – Africa Spectacular 2012- May 6-21

August 26th, 2011 |  by No comments

NAMIBIA- dunes of Sossesviei   KULALA DESERT-Skeleton Coast   BOTSWANA- Mombo- Vumbra Plains

Full frame with 70-200-Lions in Vumbra Plains

 SCHEDULE FOR SETH RESNICK’S AFRICA SPECTACULAR 2012

On May 4th, Arrive in Johannesburg and spend two nights in Johannesburg at Hotel.  On May 5th, Private Group Tour of Soweto/Townships with Robin Binckes (Culture!)
On May 6th, depart for Namibia and visit the Dunes of Sossesvlei staying at Kulala Desert Lodge for 3 Nights

On May 9th, depart Kulala Desert to Skeleton Coast for 3 Nights
On May 12th, leave Namibia for a direct flight to Botswana, and connect to Kings Pool for 3 Nights
On May 15th, depart Kings Pool to Vumbura Plains for 3 Nights

Elephants in Vumbra Plains

Accommodations in Vumbra Plains

Accommodations in Vumbra Plains

Leopards in Vumbra Plains

Leopards in Vumbra Plains

Reed frogs

Reed frogs

On May 18th, return to Johannesburg for those not doing the Mombo Extension
Mombo Extension Starting May 18th – 21st 

For those going on the Mombo Extension, transfer from Vumbura to Mombo (15min Flight) for 3 Nights 

Rhinos is Mombo

Rhinos is Mombo

Lions in Mombo

Lions in Mombo

Mombo

Mombo

On May 21st, after an incredible safari trip return to Johannesburg for your flights to USA.

ALL the CAMPS we are traveling to are OWNED and/or OPERATED by WILDERNESS SAFARIS
Little Kulala is the Premiere Camp, and Kulala Desert Lodge is the Classic/Wilderness Adventures Camp.
The choices was made because personally, we like the location of Kulala Desert Lodge better.
Kulala Deser Lodge is in the pro-namib, a slightly more lush terrain with a greater species diversity.  Closer to the mountains, the scenery in mind is “better”.   Grasses bring caressed by a gentle breeze or under a full moon is spectacular.
With the camp bring higher on the hill, the commanding views of the valley below are great and the access to the dune gates is closer than that of Little Kulala.
While Skeleton Coast Camp is considered to be a classic camp,  Serra Cafema the Premiere Camp has been closed down because of a flood!   Regardless, we still would have chosen Skeleton Coast Camp because the highlight and specialty of traveling to this area, is that it is probably the most remote place one can visit in all of Africa.  The activities at this camp will be daily, meaning we will leave in the morning and only come back in the afternoon packing meals for the day.
So considering we will only be “sleeping” there, Wilderness Safaris has built the camp more on the basis of location and remoteness, than luxury.   Laundry is actually not done at Skeleton Coast…as water is very very limited.  All the other camps will have laundry….so surviving for 3 days has never been an issue for any of our travelers.
Just some personal thoughts…
The itinerary first and foremost has been customized to take you to the BEST wildlife areas at this time of the year, while also keeping in mind the accommodation, and overall cost.  Mixing Classic/Premiere gives the travel a real sense of wilderness, and a true Africa experience.  We are going from Classic and building up the trip to Premiere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This trip is truly going to be like no other. Private planes and vehicles and guides and going to the best of the best of Africa.
The cost will be $19,480 and $5,380 for the additional time in Mombo.                                                                                                 
This is truly a once in a lifetime Africa trip and will be limited to 12 people and we will have 3 guides.
To read about our last trip to Africa 
For additional info Africa 2012

 

To signup for this trip contact:

Brennan | Journeys Unforgettable <brennan@journeysunforgettable.com>

 

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Highlights from Seth Resnick Iceland Creative Workshop

August 15th, 2011 |  by No comments

I would have posted each day as planned but we were shooting for 18 hours a day and didn’t always have internet. This was one of my most enjoyable workshops ever. Below is a small sampling of some of the many highlights of the trip. Already excited to return next year teaching a joint workshop with John Paul Caponigro 

Reykjanesvirkjun, geothermal power plant in the Southern Iceland.

 

Silica deposits create wild patterns at geothermal plant

 

Patterns from the deposits of minerals were incredible

 

Geothermal heat rising from vents

 

 

The ground was simply at bubbling array of color and steam

 

Hiking on the Vatnajokull Glacier was certainly a highlight

 

Going into an ice cave was pretty cool as well

It was more than pretty cool... It totally rocked....

 

There was more than landscape. There were great faces...

 

Amazing people......

Amazing people......

 

Color everywhere

Color everywhere

 

Vacant farm near Vatnajokull Glacier

Vacant farm near Vatnajokull Glacier

 

Hiking on Vatnajokull Glacier was incredible. Black ice from all the ash.

Hiking on Vatnajokull Glacier was incredible. Black ice from all the ash.

 

Skogafoss Waterfall at sunset which was around 9PM

Skogafoss Waterfall at sunset which was around 9PM

 

Still amazing light at 10PM

Still amazing light at 10PM

 

Black ice in the Glacier Lagoon

Black ice in the Glacier Lagoon

 

Taking a boat through the lagoon to the headwall of the glacier was certainly another highlight

Taking a boat through the lagoon to the headwall of the glacier was certainly another highlight

 

At the headwall of the glacier we found this incredible blue iceberg

At the headwall of the glacier we found this incredible blue iceberg

 

Lighting icebergs with flashlights at the Lagoon

Lighting icebergs with flashlights at the Lagoon

 

Reds and blacks on the glacier

Reds and blacks on the glacier

 

Bubbling mud at the moment it the bubble breaks

Bubbling mud at the moment it the bubble breaks

 

Cracked earth in Hverageroi

Cracked earth in Hverageroi

 

Siggy the best driver in the universe taking a smoke break

Siggy the best driver in the universe taking a smoke break

 

Moonrise at the Glacier Lagoon

Moonrise at the Glacier Lagoon

 

Sunset at the Glacier Lagoon

Sunset at the Glacier Lagoon

 

The best highlight of the trip was climbing Eyjafjallajokull to the site of the eruption. At the based the water was filled with mineral deposits.

The best highlight of the trip was climbing Eyjafjallajokull to the site of the eruption. At the based the water was filled with mineral deposits.

 

A small 3 kilometer climb and the group did great. At the base of the volcano the ice was beyond amazing

A small 3 kilometer climb and the group did great. At the base of the volcano the ice was beyond amazing

 

Mud on ash at the volcano

Mud on ash at the volcano

 

At the summit the rocks were hot and the colors were my favorite pallet

At the summit the rocks were hot and the colors were my favorite pallet

 

Molten lava at 700 degrees at the summit

Molten lava at 700 degrees at the summit

 

Yes it was hot enough to cook and eat hot dogs at the summit

Yes it was hot enough to cook and eat hot dogs at the summit

 

Standing in the very place that I photographed last year exploding with lava

ding in the very place that I photographed last year exploding with lava

 

Realizing that it is still very hot... Burnt a hole through my shoe and my pants melted

Realizing that it is still very hot... Burnt a hole through my shoe and my pants melted

These are but a small sampling of my images from an incredible week. My class put in long long hours and on one night we got back at 1 AM and every single person in the class stayed up in the lobby drinking a bit of vodka until 4 AM working on images. Thanks to Einar and Ragnar for all their hard work and thanks to all my students for inspiration and enjoyment.

Next workshop is with Greg Gorman and it too will be Amazing…

For more info see

 

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Creative Shooting Workshops – Santa Fe, Mendocino, Iceland & Patagonia

May 20th, 2011 |  by No comments

Perfecting your images takes work. Today almost everyone owns a camera. And, yes, the process of taking a picture has become so simple that even a child can do it. But it takes a truly special vision to capture the world in a graphically brilliant manner in 1/500 of a second. So over the years I have picked up many photographic exercises that I regularly practice, and that I teach my students to keep them in good visual shape and make them better photographers. When I teach a creative workshop we of course go to fantastic locations but the workshops concentrate on techniques to polish your images. We will also do daily critiques to help you further refine your techniques. Here are a few of my favorites:

Triangles in the Corners
When we are attracted to a subject we tend to look towards the center of the viewfinder and rarely pay attention to the periphery. It is in the periphery where we find the things that detract from the image. It may be the branch sticking in, or a pattern of color. As an exercise when you are framing an image take your eyes and glance to the periphery in the viewfinder. Look for triangles being formed, and if you see them it is a good indication that you need to move in tighter on your subject. If you have a triangle in the corner of one of your images and want to determine if it adds to the photograph or detracts from it, cover up everything except the triangle. If the triangle is important, keep it in. More than likely, though, the triangle will be an area of black or white or a branch and by itself is anything but a good image. In this case crop the image and remove the triangles. Space is defined and determined by shapes and forms. Positive space is where shapes and forms exist; negative space is the empty space around shapes and forms. For images to have a sense of balance use positive and negative space to counter balance each other.

Triangles of dead space in the upper right and left

Image is much cleaner and stronger without the triangles of dead space in the corner

Shadows

Shadows and light create drama and far too many photographers think that shadows ruin an image. Try creating images using shadows and making the shadows darker or lighter than they appear to the eye by controlling the exposure. Doing so can help truly create dramatic images. Without shadows, a subject has no form, or texture and appears flat. Shadows don’t have to be dominant and harsh to achieve the effects of form, and texture. They can be soft, to show the most delicate light, shape and form. Generally, harsh, black shadows cause problems especially in reproduction because of loss of detail but from a compositional standpoint, black shadows can be very useful in balancing a scene and directing attention to the point of interest. Harsh shadows can also be excellent for emphasizing texture and form, for creating interesting patterns, and for directing attention.

Lion prints appear concave with the image viewed this way

Same image and now the lion prints appear convex. This is simply based on how your brain perceives the shadow

 

We will study many creative exercises to enhance creativity. Learn more in one of our week long creative workshops:

Santa Fe, New Mexico  July 10-16, 2011

Iceland August 7-13, 2011

Mendocino with Greg Gorman Sept 11- 16, 2011

Patagonia with John Paul Caponigro, Arthur Meyerson, Eric Meola

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Oslo, Norway- Photoshop konferansen 2011

April 2nd, 2011 |  by No comments

I have been speaking at the Photoshop Conference in Norway and have used my free time to shoot in this spectacular city.

Bicycle on boat in Norway

Rust on boat in Oslo

Ice and oil in harbor of Oslo

Couple on fortress wall in Oslo

Reflection in water

Reflections in harbor, Oslo

Housing in Oslo

Striations in rock in Oslo

Steel beams at ski jump in Oslo

Roof tiles on house in Oslo

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D65’s Lightroom Workflow: From Import Through Export – Webinar March 14th, 8:00 -9:30 PM (eastern)

March 13th, 2011 |  by No comments

D65's eSeminar on March 14th: Lightroom Workflow from Import through Export

D65’s Lightroom Workflow: From Import Through Export
DATE: Monday, March 14th
TIME: 8:00-9:30 PM (eastern)
COST: $50.00
With D65’s workflow, all of your files are imported, renamed, keyworded, captioned, ranked processed in a systematic, standardized methodology adaptable to any photographer’s needs. With this system, you will manage your worlfow, efficiently, effectively and effortlessly, allowing you more time behind the camera, and less time behind the computer.

In this eSeminar, we will go through importing images, organizing them in the Library Module, working on them in the Develop Module and exporting them in an organized, easy to follow workflow.

 

Space is limited in all of our eSeminars to ensure we can answer all your questions in our interactive Q&A.  Each participant also receives a recording of the eSeminar to view for 14 days to review the concepts covered.

Register Today!

Upon completion of your registration you will receive a separate email from Webex with a link you will use on to take you to your eSeminar. See you online!

Can’t make it?

Register to view the recorded session later by clicking on: Recorded Sessions

 

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Planning New Trip with John Paul Caponigro to Photograph Greenland- Polar Bears, Ice and Walrus

February 16th, 2011 |  by No comments

PHOTOGRAPH GREENLAND

Get ready for an exciting trip to Greenland photographing ice, polar bears and walrus

TBA most likley August 2012

With World Renowned Photographers

John Paul Caponigro, Seth Resnick,

– TO be placed on advance list Email Greenland@sethresnick.com

Our Antarctica 2011 workshop sold out fast!

John Paul Caponigro and I are organizing a new Arctic (Iceland, Greenland, and Spitsbergen) digital photography workshop/cruise during the end of August or early September 2012.

Our itinerary will be similar to this voyage but customized to maximize photographic opportunities. Geothermals, glaciers, fjiords, icebergs, whales, walrus, and polar bear are only a few of the trip’s highlights.Creativity, exposure, workflow, and post-processing are only a few of the topics presented.

You can be among the first to reserve a space and get your choice of cabins by requesting to be placed on our pre-announce list.We’ll alert you with more information as soon as details become firm.Your contact information will remain confidential.

Tentative route for Greenland

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Part 8 – Botswana- frogs, lions, elephants, baboons and the booby beetle..

February 9th, 2011 |  by No comments

DAY 10

Michele and Jeff load the daily artillery

Michelle spots a male lion in a field and we approach. We are within feet and make direct eye contact as he roars and lets us know that he is boss but that he is also OK with us being this close. You are excited but also have a cold chill on the spine being this close to the king of beasts.

Now that is being close to a lion

And this is a little too close, but at least this time he is looking at Michelle and not at me

We then come across a few elephants and head to an area where guides will take us out on makoro. We are in the delta for just minutes and see beautiful reed frogs.

Makoro's are a great way to see the Reed Frogs

Reed Frogs are totally cool

And their shadows are even better....

Lots of other cool bugs

We spend about an hour on the mokoro boats and then continue on in the 4×4’s. It is very sunny and hot today and we are hoping to get elephants in the water. We get them drinking and splashing in the mud but they are a bit skittish and move away as we approach.

Splish splash

Now we are talking. What a way to cool down

Move over I want more room

Great texture and great design

more design....

and more...

Mom cooling off her baby

In the afternoon we find a family of baboons with young that are only days old. We photograph the youngsters riding on the backs and hanging on the bellies of the moms and playing around.

Two ways to hitch a ride

a baboon colony

The young were very curious

After the baboons we head to the water but on the way Michelle lets out a scream. Jeff and I look and apparently a large bug has gone down the top of her shirt. Once she is OK we all laugh and call the large bug a boobie beetle. Joking on this trip has been continuous and when the laughing starts I typically turn on the video on the 5D and craft very humorous sidebars. One of the funniest sidebars in Vumbra Plains is a family that is staying here which is sort of the opitomy of tourists on safari. The dad walks around with a book on animals and the whole family is asked questions Jeopardy style. No one has heard about safari clothes and one of the daughters has a red flashdance outfit on hanging off her shoulder with a white skirt and a large tramp stamp on her back. She is clearly not the brightest clock on the block and I hear her ask if there are sharks in the water. We are in the middle of Botswana in fresh water so I am rather amused but really get a laugh when the dad suddenly asks a shark question and asks the family if sharks lay eggs or are live bearers. After the father explains that they have an egg case, the brilliant tramp says, “so they must be mammals”…. Wow!!!!!.  We hope with a little luck maybe the leopard will eat her. She is not the only amusement in the family because they also have another “daughter” who is about to be married and the son in law to be is on the trip as well. She is rather manly and has a very deep voice and has a tendency to scratch her back with both hands in a bizarre way. We wonder if she is a transvestite.

On the way back to camp an insane African sunset

The sunset just keeps getting better

And right when you think it just can't get any better, it does..

I say goodnight and so does the fruit bat above my doorway

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Part 6- Vumbra Plains- Cross Botswana Expressway and Elephants galore

February 7th, 2011 |  by Comments off

DAY 8

On Sunday for our last day in Savuti we wake up at 3 and pack and head out into the bush.

Another amazing sunrise

We encounter the cheetah from the day before lounging on the runway at sunrise.

Cheetah on runway ready for takeoff

I believe this runway is currently being used

After spending about an hour we head into the bush and come across some elephants that we evidently disturbed. A large male showed his dominance. In plain English he charged us and Michelle let out scream. We wondered if the seat was dry?

A little too close

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We drove past the elephants and on this dirt or rather barely dirt road we came across our first sign in all of Botswana. The sign read “Transit Route”. We looked at each other and laughed. Lazi explains that it really is a transit route for trucks and vehicles headed towards Maun. We appropriately nicknamed the road the Trans Botswana Highway.

A hornbill alongside the Trans Botswana Highway

The sign says it all.....

About 200 feet down the road a tree was blocking the superhighway and we had to head into the grasslands and swamp to get around it. We got back on the road and went to the airstrip where we met the puddle jumper to take us to our next destination Vumbra Plains.

When I was growing up as a kid I went to camp and it was genuinely rustic. I assumed that most of the camps in Africa would remind me of summer camp, log cabins and minimum comforts. Vumbura Plains is no regular camp. Vumbura Plains south is beyond luxury. My room was about 1600 square feet. Each tented room has a large, very comfortable bedroom, a sunken lounge, a “sala” and ensuite facilities with a shower, bath, a flush toilet and an outdoor shower under the stars. Each room also has its own plunge pool where you can watch elephants from in the flooded plain in front. The main dining, lounge and pub area are also raised off the ground and are tucked beneath a canopy of cool, shady, indigenous trees with a wonderful vista across the flood plains.  There are 7 bedded camps linked by raised boardwalks and each has its own dining, lounge and bar area although all 14 beds or parts thereof can be utilized for larger parties. All 7 of the luxury tented rooms are raised off the ground on wooden platforms with walkways connecting them to the main living areas. Access into this area is only by aircraft and then by vehicle to camp. The camp is situated to the north of Mombo, in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. The Vumbura Reserve offers both land and water activities in a park that has a wonderful variety of habitats and a great diversity of wildlife. The reserve offers an enormous traversing area of close on 130,000 acres. The main activity at Vumbura Plains is game viewing in diverse and scenic countryside. Open 4×4 Range Rovers and walks enable game viewing in the savannah and woodland areas. While the camp is luxurious it also has a spectacular staff that was not at all pretentious. The staff was totally accommodating with a smile for every single request.

As I check into my room I look at the plunge pool and there is a beautiful painted reed frog on the side of my pool. I waste no time grabbing the macro and shooting and then we meet our driver Ollie and head out into the bush. It is about 5:30 PM by the time we head out and we encounter wildebeest, warthogs and elephants and catch a really pretty sunset. We have a fantastic dinner and then I shoot some star trails at night, do a little editing and then pass out.

Nothing like a little tent in Africa

We had to really rough it in Vumbra Plains

More to come…..

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