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Post  Laikipia on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:05 pm

I tried posting yesterday afternoon but couldnt get it to work so just a test now ......

One of the lionesses with cubs

only a month or two old and quite adorable looking

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:17 pm

Wow!! Stunning pictures!! What a little cutie that cub is Very Happy The picture of the lioness is just memorising!
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:43 pm

Wonky tusk



Wonky and Wellington (her son) leaving reception



A large ele going down the steps - quite a feat!



Coming through ..........



One by one ...........



Morning all Very Happy







Two by two ........







Been through reception and having a good rub



Sorry about the blur - up very close and personal and I had my big lens on What a Face





Certainly the most magical experience I've ever had - such gentle giants and so trusting of humans. Wellington when younger used to lie down to sleep in reception and as you can imagine, no work gets done!

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Post  Doogs on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:49 pm

Absolutely fantastic Lai Pai

Love your lioness and her cub, beautiful I love you

The Elephant behind pictures are brilliant. They really give us a real perspective of them just wandering through reception happy as larry and not a care in the world. Amazing that they negotiate and manage those steps affraid

Thanks so much for these cheers
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:21 pm

I agree Doogs, I was amazed at how they went up and down so carefully and with ease. I guess they've learned the hard way perhaps, after all the mango tree was there before reception so nothing is going to get in their way Laughing

Hoping to sort my photos over the weekend and will try and post a SMALL selection. I am likely to get very carried away otherwise. Pete is very kindly buying me Adobe Lightroom for Christmas so at least I'll be able to tweak them a bit and make up a slide show.

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Post  Doogs on Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:46 pm

Big selection please Wink We never tire of photos that have been taken by fellow members, would love to see them LP Very Happy
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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:33 pm

Very big selection please. I just love seeing photos Very Happy the more the better.

It was great to read you describe all the ele's going through as a magical experience, as I was going to put it must have been magical.

Those photos are just fantastic! I love how they've allowed the ele's to continue wandering through on a route they would have used for years. Exactly how it should be Very Happy
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:16 pm

I so agree Anne-Marie, although how you would stop all those eles on a march I have no idea Laughing

just a couple more of an ele eating ....





more in a few days -

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:38 pm

Thank you LP! Wonderful as always!! I love seeing inside the ele's mouth!!
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Post  littlewid on Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:59 pm

WOW WOW WOW those are just the business Lai Pai, fell in love with the Lioness and the little cub but the ones of the ele eating is my favourite, they are spectacular, they really are.
I would be tingling with excitment with those eles walking through reception, definiately a feeling and experience you will never forget.

And if you give us a small selection I will stamp my feet..........A VERY BIG SELECTION PLEASE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:22 pm

Stunning LP Dont know how you managed not to get camara shake with all the Elephants walking through reception. What a really majical experience, and the photos of the lioness, and the cub are brilliant, just love those. Thanks for sharing them with us, and brightening our day. Plus lots, and lots of more PICS PLEASE
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Post  Laikipia on Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks everyone - I'll certainly sort through another selection and post some next week. Mostly I spend time looking through all my photos wondering where on earth to begin Laughing scratch

I really enjoyed seeing inside the ele mouth too Littlewid, not a shot you often get to take !

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Post  littlewid on Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:13 pm

I would turn the third ele mouth shot into a large print and have it framed and hanging on my wall if it was mine, it's stunning Lai Pai.

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Post  Safari Maiden on Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:34 pm

That was the one I liked the most as well LW.

LP such great shots. I see the lioness has a cut on her nose, I wonder what she got up to!

The cub is just so adorable. You must have quite an album of shots. Keep them coming.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:23 am

I am thinking of enlarging some photos Littlewid but didnt take them in RAW so not such how they will look.

You are right SM, we saw her when the cut had opened up again, to be honest with all those cubs hassling her and having seen another lioness mating with a large male I am not surprised she had a cut nose.

I think I had over 1000 but have been culling them What a Face Pete is being wonderful and giving me Adobe Lightroom 3 for Christmas so I can sort them properly and put together a slide show.

I've plenty to share - the lions mating weren't brilliant as it was right beside the vehicle Embarassed and with my big lens on I was too close What a Face no time to swap lenses as it's "wham bam thank you mam" so to speak Shocked

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Post  littlewid on Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:19 pm

Not sure if I understand this right Lai Pai but are you saying if you take them in RAW it then converts the image to jpeg so you get a better definition of the picture?
It may be worth just giving it a go as it is and seeing what happens, at least it will as the picture was shot and true to the time of the photograph. I still think it's stunning.

Can't wait till you have your Adobe Lighroom so we can see a slide show of all the pics.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:43 pm

Found this definition Littlewid which may explain it better than I can Very Happy

Raw vs Jpeg

Unlike a JPEG, a Raw file cannot be used immediately and it takes up considerably more room - and most software programs will be unable to recognise it. Even so, for the photographer willing to put in some time and effort, it's the only one they will use.



Raw vs Jpeg: Conclusion

Few photographers will be inclined to process every image they take from a Raw state, because for everyday snapshots a JPEG tends to suffice.



For more critical work, however, and particularly for images taken under difficult shooting conditions, there are many reasons why you should be shooting a Raw file. The only tricky part is understanding which adjustments you need to make and how to go about doing so with your chosen software - but with a little practice this isn't out of anyone's reach

Next time I am going to try taking some Jpeg and some RAW - major problem is as it says "space" although I do have a small hard drive that I download onto every couple of days.

Two lionesses with 5 cubs between them - well fed and totally adorable. Less than two months old.
















Dad to all those lovely cubs


Carmine Bee Eater


Two buff boys right outside/below our room What a Face


Grey Heron - very obliging standing completely still for ages


Hippos before sunset


Just born today - baby impala


Jonathan calls them "Macdonald's" with the large M on their backsides


And to end the day a beautiful sunset


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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:31 am

Oh Lai Pai. Those lion cubs are too adorable for words!! How sweet!!

On another note, we have blown up some of our safari photos, they weren't shot in RAW either and they have come out clear as a bell (or a giraffe in the case of the largest one) We've gone up to 30" x 20". We use Kodak Gallery or Photobox, really reasonably priced so if they don't come out as clear as you want, you haven't wasted too much money.
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:01 am

Thanks Anne-Marie. Pete's supposed to be doing some for me but I think he's forgotten What a Face Rolling Eyes

I love the idea of some large photos, I bet you've got lots of eles as well! I'll check out Photobox and Kodak Gallery meantime, so thanks for the info,

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:13 am

Believe it or not, we have no elephant photos up Shocked Shocked I know! The leopards are our main pictures and a cheetah. I must get an elephant one blown up, but where to put it is the problem.
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:19 am

More eles ............... you can never have enough, just squeeeeeeeeeze in one more lol!

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Post  littlewid on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:34 pm

Thanks for the info Lai Pai. I think I understand it a little better than the way round I thought it was Very Happy

Just loving all those photo's the little cubs are adorable and the baby Impala is just so gorgeous but I must say the Bee Eater is phenominal, to capture it with a Bee in it's beak is just brilliant.

If you do enlarge the ele mouth shot you will have to let me know how it goes.

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:43 pm

Will do for sure Littlewid.

The Carmine bee eaters in flight are the hardest thing I have ever ever tried, so I've only posted one sitting still!

I'll put together another selection today/tomorrow.

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:21 pm


Lilac Breasted Roller


Lioness greets lion I love you


And one thing leads to another ............






One happy lion - repeated every 20 minutes or so for several days


White Crowned Lapwing (Plover) with a superb yellow wattle


Crawshay's zebra


Beautiful individual markings on their tails


Brunch by the river with the eles passing by in the woods


An amazing feast and superbly cooked


The end to another perfect day - Sundowners by the river drunken

One of the best things was driving back to the Lodge after the sun had gone down, the nocturnal wildlife is fantastic. The first night we saw a Honey Badger, which is a first for me, Pel's fishing owl, elephant shrew and a genet, not to mention the leopard!

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:48 pm

Lai Pai! To be frank ... I am insanely jealous! alien alien Laughing Laughing your trip looks so amazing and your photos just fantastic (as always)!!
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