Safari Njema!

Well, tomorrow I embark on a grand adventure…a two week photo safari in Kenya!

This has been on my ‘bucket list’ since I was a kid and I’m insanely excited about the trip.  My wonderful bride of 26 years gave me this trip as my Christmas present and I gotta say:  The woman knows me well!

I’ve spent the better part of six months getting ready, which included buying additional camera gear (of course), more innoculations than I can count and hours trying make all my gear fit Emirates Airlines’ insanely measly luggage allowance (one carry-on bag for a 20 hour flight..Come on, really?!).

Fortunately, my trip will be with an outstanding, experienced guide (Stu Porter who specializes in nothing but photo tours), so I don’t have to worry about anything once I get to Africa except taking photos.

I don’t expect to have much internet access, so don’t expect to hear much from me for a while…but once I’m back I’ll be sharing lots of photos!

Jeff

Gorilla on Pangani Trail at Wild Kingdom/ Nikon 800E 300mm 400 ISO 1/500sec f/5.6

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4 Comments

  1. Karl November 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Glad you had good time. Can’t wait to see you let pics. If you went back again, is there another lens or body you would bring also? What did learn most from your first trip?

    • Jeff Stamer November 21, 2016 at 5:24 am #

      Hi Karl, Actually, I’d probably bring fewer lenses. I really didn’t need anything less than 70mm…even for landscape shots! My most important learning was that your choice of a tour guide is the most important decision you will make. Their knowledge of the parks and ability to predict animal behavior is by far the most critical component of your ability to get great shots. My guide, Stu Porter with Wild 4 Photographic Safaris was truly excellent in all respects.

  2. Karl Chiang November 3, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    I am so happy for you!!! It is still on my bucket list ! Cannot wait to see your pics someday. What lens and bodies are you taking?

    • Jeff Stamer November 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi Karl,
      Sorry, I didn’t see your note before I left. Didn’t have much internet connectivity while there! I took my new Nikon D500 with a Nikkor 200-400 f/4 mounted to a 1.4 extender. I used this combo for 98% of my shots. I used my full framed D810 with the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 for the times when the critters got in close. I did take along some wider glass for night shots and landscapes but frankly didn’t have many opportunities to use them. I hope to start posting some of my favorite shots within a week!

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