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Africa Color Instagram Ramblings

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This snapshot embodies the impetus for my safari images in Tanzania that I’ve recently shown. The woman depicted here is my Mother, and a couple years prior to this trip, she was hit by a car while crossing a street. Luckily she survived, but there is long-term damage in other ways that still lingers to this day.
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Anyway, several months after her accident, I was traveling in Bali, Indonesia and she was on my mind. I couldn’t help but think how fragile life is and how quickly things can change. It was at this moment that I realized how fortunate I was to be traveling and having the means to do so. I then recalled that my Mom’s dream had always been to go to Africa, so I vowed to make it happen. Within two weeks of returning home from Bali, I had researched and booked our reservations for a safari with Andy Biggs and Thomson Safaris. Being a photographer, I chose the trip with Andy out of selfish reasons, but it was a fantastic experience for both my Mom and I. We would do it exactly the same next time around.
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At this point, I want to personally thank Andy Biggs, @theglobalphotographer, and Thomson Safaris, @thomsonsafaris. They made the trip an experience of a lifetime that my Mom still remembers to this day. Thank you!
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Africa Color Instagram Landscape

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is a grand space with an even larger sky. When filled with beautiful clouds and shining light, the landscape is transformed into a magical place. My memories and photos are real, but I often feel as if the trip was a dream.
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Africa Animals Color Instagram Wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Yellow-billed storks are a wading stork species, and often referred as a wood stork or wood ibis. They fly with alternating flaps and glides, and often fly in a soaring and gliding motion as seen here.
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Africa Color Instagram Landscape

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

There’s nothing quite like flying over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon at sunrise. If you ever visit Africa, I highly recommend it.
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Africa Animals Black and White Instagram Wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

On safari in Tanzania, I had just missed the great migration, but I don’t recall if I was late or early. In any case, I was able to capture this beautiful formation of wildebeest, led by a few zebra.
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Africa Animals Black and White Instagram Wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Photographing from above is a thrilling experience and allows an image to tell a different story. While floating in a hot air balloon, I saw these two pairs of animals and thought about their symbiotic relationship. With the giraffes good eyesight and the zebras good sense of smell and hearing, it’s understandable that they would hang out together. After all, I had just seen a lion a few minutes earlier and these four were very exposed in the endless plains of the Serengeti.
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Africa Animals Black and White Instagram Wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This leopard was very active and we were able to watch him for quite a long time. After frolicking in the grass, he climbed in and out of this tree several times. It was an amazing experience to witness.
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Africa Animals Black and White Instagram Wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

When I shot this image ten years ago in the grasslands of the Serengeti, I didn’t particularly think of any symbolism for the moon or elephant in any way. Instead, the pairing of the subjects grabbed my attention, and I couldn’t let go. With the scene quickly unfolding before me, I instinctively composed and shot the photo before the elephant left the frame.
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Now that some time has passed, however, I’ve wondered why this image moves me and that many people I show it to respond strongly in a positive way. Could it be the symbolism of each subject? With the moon typically representing time and the elephant representing strength, I wonder if the image reminds me of my own mortality, that time has power over all of us. Or perhaps it’s the opposite and the image is suggesting immortality, the endurance of the soul? Or maybe it’s just a photo of an elephant and moon? This discernment is why I like photography so much; the interpretation can be left to the viewer and each can draw their own meaning. So what does this image say to you?
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Africa Black and White Instagram Landscape

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

While on safari in Africa and shooting wildlife, you’re primarily restricted to a vehicle. As a result, there is a lot of driving around looking for animals as well as sitting and waiting for them to do something interesting. But even so, there are many other fantastic photographic opportunities all around you. On this particular day while sitting and waiting, I scanned my horizon and just so happened to see an Acacia tree perfectly aligned with a distant hill. The symmetry grabbed my attention, but the drizzling sky and the negative space created what I feel is a very harmonious image.
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Africa Behind The Scenes Color Film Instagram Landscape Large Format

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Behind the scenes with some technical details of my last image of the Acacia Tree in the Serengeti that was shot with a large format 4×5 camera.
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The original JPG that I posted yesterday is unable to show two hot air balloons just above the horizon and below the tree on the left. With this image, I cropped the original scan at a 100%, pixel-for-pixel crop of the area and overlaid it on top of the resized JPG. Only one balloon is visible in this crop, but you can clearly see how much detail the high resolution drum scan provides. The image was shot on Fuji Provia, processed by a local lab, wet mounted on a cylindrical drum, and scanned with my Howtek 4500 drum scanner at 4000dpi. This results in a RAW scan that is 1.7GB and 19647×15512 pixels at 16bit. Without resizing the image, I can print at 360 pixels/inch at roughly 43″x54″. This is at the native resolution without resizing!. Thus, the image quality is retained at any print size that I want.
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