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5 Magical hours in the Masai Mara

For the last six days I have been trying to work out how to answer the inevitable question that would await my return to South Africa “So, how was your trip to the Masai Mara?”. For anyone who has been to this beautiful place, you will know exactly why I was struggling to find the words to describe the experience. Luckily for me, I had one of the most incredible days that I have ever spent in the bush and rather than harping on about the wide open spaces, sheer numbers of wildlife, ecological diversity and abundance of predators, it takes a brief summary of a single morning drive to put it all into context.

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Reflective space is a winner!

After many years of taking photos and having hundreds of images just sitting on my hard drive or hanging on walls in my house, I finally decided to pluck up the courage and start entering some competitions. An image I submitted to both Getaway Magazine and Africa Geographic publications, was chosen as a monthly winner in their September & July issues respectively but this post focusses more on the personal battle that I fought in order to get to this point.

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Wildlife Photography 101 Workshop Video

This short video clip was taken during our previous workshop which was held over two days in Johannesburg and Pilanesberg National Park. As you can see, the weather was pretty miserable but we had a great time and the delegates went home with a far greater understanding of their equipment and the theory behind capturing that perfect image

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Photographic Equipment Rentals | Specials in Madikwe

From 15 April to 13 May 2011, Photo-Africa will be running a fantastic special offer for all visitors to Madikwe Game Reserve. Equipment rentals are not just limited to these packages and a full range of professional lenses and camera bodies are available!

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Wildlife Photography 101 Workshop Review

With today’s technology, digital photography is more accessible than ever and when combined with South Africa’s amazing natural heritage it is not strange that more and more people are taking up wildlife photography as a hobby.It is with this goal in mind that Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga present Wildlife Photography 101, a digital photography workshop aimed at helping you create better wildlife images. Check out this review of our most recent workshop.

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Photographic Safari | The Great White Sharks of Seal Island

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of witnessing one of the greatest natural phenomena known to man? Now is your chance!

Join Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris as we set out to capture the Great White Sharks Breaching off Seal Island in Cape Town on camera in July 2011.

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FREE Desktop Background | Okavango Delta Landscape

This month has been focussed a lot around the launch of our Botswana travel packages and it is for this reason that I have opted to share two of my favourite images taken on the trip to the delta last month.

These two free desktop wallpapers offer a tiny glimpse of the incredible natural beauty that Botswana’s Okavango delta has to offer!

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Halo Descends over Johannesburg Skyline | Sun Halo

The skies above Johannesburg this morning are dominated by a magnificent halo which has formed around the sun. Halos are also known as a nimbus, icebow or Gloriole, are optical phenomena produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky.

Many are near the sun or moon but others are elsewhere and even in the opposite part of the sky. They can also form around artificial lights in very cold weather when ice crystals called diamond dust are floating in the nearby air.

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Digital Photography 101 | Photography Workshop | 13 November 2010

Aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers and users of both compact and DSLR cameras, this full day workshop will help you to dramatically improve your images in just one day.

The workshop has been designed around the most common questions people ask about digital photography. What is aperture? How can I improve my images? Why is the rule of thirds important? Why not? What do I do once my image is in on my computer?

Space is limited to ten people in order to ensure that each delegate receives personalised attention. Secure your spot now!

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Free Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds South Africa | September 2010

Get your monthly fix of FREE wildlife desktop backgrounds from South Africa! This months images feature an African Darter and a lone Elephant Bull, both images from the Pilanesberg National Park.

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Photographic Safari | Masai Mara | Lake Nakuru | Kenya 2011

Join Photo-Africa, in conjunction with Photograph Kenya, on a photographic safari to one of the world’s premiere wildlife destinations – the Masai Mara. From 28 February to 7 March 2011 Photo-Africa will be traveling to various areas in in Masai Mara, including Lake Nakuru and the Mara River, all the time looking for the best possible wildlife photographic opportunities.

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | August

More FREE desktop backgrounds from the conservation areas of South Africa. Bring your personal computer to life with this months selection of images which include an Impala Lilly, a Wild Dog and some Zebra in Black and White.

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | July

Check out this months FREE wildlife desktop backgrounds from two of South Africa’s leading photographers!

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Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris partner up to form a new powerhouse in educational photographic safaris throughout Southern Africa!

After months of preparation we are pleased to announce that Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris have formed a partnership which promises to revolutionize digital photography workshops and photographic safaris in Southern Africa.

This exciting partnership sees a combined experience of almost 30 years in the photography and hospitality industry come together in one comprehensive package. Gerry van der Walt, Kerry de Bruyn and Andrew Beck each bring their own unique set of skills and flavors to the table.

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Wildlife Photography 101 | Photography Workshop

2 Day Wildlife Photography Workshop
Day 1: 4 September 2010
Day 2: 11 September 2010
Cost: R 1 500.00 pp (includes all meals, limited drinks, course notes and day trip)

Day one will focus on the technical, creative and ethical aspects of wildlife photography whilst the second day will be spent photographing the wildlife and landscapes in Pilanesberg National Park. You will be accompanied by two professional wildlfie photographers and two experienced field guides throughout this fantastic workshop!

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A photographic journey through Pemba in Northern Mozambique | Guest post by Hugo Soeiro

Join our guest blogger Hugo Soeiro on a magical photographic journey as he guides us through the beauty and magic of Pemba in Northern Mozambique. With its calm, crystalline white beaches and untouched coral reefs, Pemba has the third largest natural bay in the world.

This post shows how great a destination Mozambique is for the passionate travel photographer in you!

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FREE Desktop Backgrounds | May

Winter seems to be well on its way here in South Africa with plenty of cold weather over the last couple of weeks. The end of the rainy season marks a transition period where the landscape slowly begins to transform from dense stands of lush green trees and grass, to the more subdued shades of browns and oranges. All in all a great time for photography!

This months images ( Martial Eagle in flight, & two young Lions) were taken during the cold winter months last year. Enjoy!

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | April

This months images are both of lions in black and white. The first is of a lioness stalking through the long grass in the Pilanseberg National Park whilst the second is of an adorable cub.

As always, if you would like to download the file, simply click on the image and then select the “download” button when the image opens in the Box.net window.

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Wildlife Photography in the Kruger National Park | Guest Post by Villiers Steyn

Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s premier wildlife safari destinations and is perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike. Villiers Steyn gives us his tips on what to take and where to look for those perfect photographic opportunities!

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Introduction to Digital Photography Workshop

Join us for an introduction to digital photography. The course consists of a four hour practical session followed by a day trip to Pilanesberg National Park where you can put your new found skills to the test. This package includes a theory manual, return transfers from JHB, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and all park entry fees. [...]

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | March

With the year “flying by” so quickly, I thought some birds in flight would be quite appropriate for this months FREE Desktop Backgrounds. Check out the White Faced Whistling Ducks and an Egret in flight!

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Free Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | December

This months free desktop backgrounds are of a Southern Tree Agama and two sub-adult Cheetahs approaching a kill. One in brilliant colour, the other in breathtaking black & white!

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Colour or Black & White?

I am asking my self this very question more frequently as I run through and experiment with different processing techniques with my images. What is your take on this age old debate?

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Photo of the Day

A wildlife image taken on a recent Photography Workshop in the Pilanesberg National Park.

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Free Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds for November

This is our second installment in the very popular series of FREE desktop background posts. This months images include a Rock Monitor, a Lioness, and a sunset silhouette of a Grey Heron.

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Jumping Jack-al!

A very cool series of photos documenting the extremes that scavengers, such as the Black-backed Jackal, will go to when out foraging!

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To shop or not to shop… That is the question!

Photoshop and similar programs are being used more frequently to manipulate and edit images. Where do we draw the line?

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Free Desktop Backgrounds for October!

Check out these free downloadable desktop backgrounds for October!

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Kruger National Park Safari- The week in review…

A short review of a fantastic trip through Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Nature Reserve in South Africa.

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