Sunrises and Sunsets in Tanzania

14 06 2016

Was on a 7 day safari with African Wildcats Expeditions up in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and then spent 10 days on Zanzibar.

Haven’t had a lot of time to go through ALL the photos, but some struck me as quick easy winners….  Hope you enjoy.

1. The Boabab and the Sunset in Tarangire

The Boabab and the Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset among the Boababs in Tarangire

Sunset among the Boababs
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset over Muyuni Forest (Zanzibar)

The sun sets over the Muyuni Forest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Sunset and the Fishermen

Fishermen heading out for the night
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. You can almost hear the sun sizzle as it sets.

Another awesome sunset from Stonetown
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Serengeti Sunset

Serengeti Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

And a couple of Sunrises for good measure.

7. Sunrise with Stork

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Sunrise on the plains of Africa

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Thanks for checking them out!

For other shots that I’ve managed to get done, so far, please check out the album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxvgdt3





OOB Out of Control

23 03 2014

OK, so I may have gone a bit crazy with the OOB photos recently, but I’m going to take a rest from it for a while.

Here are the latest creations:

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Stepping out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Anything interesting out here? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Looking for better grass by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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OOB Eagles by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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OOB Cambodian Monks 1 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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OOB Lion Cub by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Have you done any OOB work?  Feel free to link it in the comments!





Fun with Photoshop

14 03 2014

I was looking over some old photos recently and realized that I hadn’t done an OOB (Out Of Bounds) one recently.  OOB is the art of making it appear that your subject in the photo is coming out of the frame.  It can make for some fun shots. You can try it yourself with Photoshop using this OOB tutorial by Serrator

I took a lion cub and gave him a bit more life.

 

The original:

Play time!

After some playing around… The finished product:

OOB Lion Cub

It’s fun, and not that hard to do.  It takes the right kind of photo though, but you get an eye for what will likely work, and what won’t as you do it more.

I haven’t done many, but they are in my little set called OOB.

Have fun!  If you do create one, I’d live to see a link to it in the comments!





African Safari Pics FINALLY FINISHED!

28 07 2013

It’s only taken a little over 4 years, but we have finally finished editing all the photos from our Tanzanian Safari in 2009. Here are a few more animal highlights from the trip.

1. When I see these guys, I think "Uruk Hai" from LotR:

Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Bookin’ it!

Full out gallop! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. What’s Gnu with you?

The Great Migration by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Topi

Topi (Damaliscus korrigum jimela) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Thomson’s Gazelle

Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Hermit Crab (on the beach in Dar es Salaam)

Exploring the beach at Kigamboni by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Hoofs and Horns

The Great Migration by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Ellipsen Waterbuck

Ellipsen Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole Africa set is at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382/with/9363506116/ Thanks to Flickr’s new format, you’ll have to be patient to see this set – it’s pretty big.

Comments/Questions/Critique welcome!





Tanzanian Zebras

28 05 2013

Some more shots from our Safari in 2009! 

1. Dopplegangers

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Zebra foal

Zebra foal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Funny?

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Bonding

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Standing proud

Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

You can find more of the Zebras at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633724758082/with/8847231301/
The whole Africa adventure is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382

Comments and Critique always welcome and appreciated.





Tanzanian Landscapes

20 05 2013

Still getting our photos edited from our 2009 trip to Tanzania but got some of the landscape shots now…

1. And so there shone a great light from heaven….
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And a great light shone from above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Yellow Bark Acacias at sunset
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Yellow Bark Acacias at sunset. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The solitary soldier
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Lone tree by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Sunset on the Serengeti
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Sunset on the Serengeti by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Sunrise on the Serengeti
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Sunrise on the Serengeti by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Comments and Critique are always welcome.
The whole set of our pictures from Africa can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382





Vervets and Baboons from Tanzania 2009

20 05 2013

Some Vervets and Baboons from our Tanzania trip in May 2009

1. "Hello – you’re new here aren’t you?"
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Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. "What’s for lunch" – just outside the dining room window!
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Just outside the window! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Struttin’
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Struttin’ by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. "What if I take the reverse integral of the… Oh, never mind."
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Distinctive Features by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. I think I want my mommy….
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All alone. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Travelling in style!
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Hitchin’ a ride. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Comments always welcome.
The whole set from our African Safari can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382

Enjoy your virtual visit.





Sunset on Zanzibar

1 05 2013

Another cool sunset that we managed to get when we were in Africa.  This one taken with an S60 Smile


Sunset on Zanzibar by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Catching up on some Tanzania 2009 editing

29 04 2013

Yes, I’m STILL ediing photos from our trip to Africa in 2009… Here’s some of Zanzibar…. not just a map in Halo :)

1. The World’s game

The World’s game by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A helping hand

A Helping Hand by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Sunset

Sunset on Zanzibar by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Mrs Dragonspeed with two kids happy to ham it up for the camera

Mrs Dragonspeed and a couple of local kids by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Zanzibar door

Zanzibar Door by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sunset

Sunset on Zanzibar by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Mrs Dragonspeed dwarfed by a Giant Aldabra Tortoise.

The Giant Aldabra Tortoise Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Oh my, there are just so many amazing memories. Please feel free to browse the Flickr set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633384611500/with/8685991911/

Enjoy the tropical visit!





Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys!

11 02 2013

More from our 2009 Safari!

The Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) is endemic to the southern end of the main island of the Zamzibar archipelago, Unguja. The monkeys like to eat the unripened fruit from the trees in the forest and, of course, from the farmers’ trees too. This propensity for fruit put them in direct conflict with local farmers that used to kill them as pests. With the establishment of the Jozani Forest preserve, the government is able to pay farmers to help preserve the monkeys. The monkeys are no longer seen as pests but as vital tourist attractors. On the ground, the monkeys like to eat charcoal to help their digestive system. They are quite human friendly!

1. Lounging around

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Curiosity

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mrs Dragonspeed and the Monkeys

Mrs Dragonspeed hanging with the Monkeys! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You’ve disturbed my lunch!

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. High Flying

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. A young’un

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Whoops – upside down!

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Just Checking things out

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

For all the Monkey shots, you can see the set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8458364261/

The rapidly swelling set which has all the pics from our Africa trip as we add them:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8458364261/





The King of the Beasts

5 02 2013

While the Lion may be "The King of the Beasts" it was pretty obvious that it was the LIONESS that did the real work in the kingdom. Here are the top shots from our Tanzania Safari in 2009

1. Looks like someone outlasted Mom this time

Play time! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Your very own pet lioness?

Your very own pet lioness? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. "Hey — anyone see Fred recently?"

"Hey – Where’s Fred?" by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. On the Lookout

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A lioness passes VERY near by

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Lion cubs so close you had to move back to focus!

Nursing Cubs is a Community Effort by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. A pair of young (5yr old) males

Young Brothers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Adult Male in Ngorongoro

Adult Male Lion by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The full set of Lions is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8448680466/

The whole Africa trip: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8448680466/

I hope you enjoy seeing the photos as much we enjoyed taking them!





Leopards!

28 01 2013

We saw leopards twice along our Safari in 2009. Both times in the Serengeti. Here are a few shots from those encounters.

1. Leopard in a tree with his kill

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Same leopard with a 2x on the 100-400

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A young leopard resting by the roadside early morning

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A young leopard coming to meet the one resting by the road

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The two young males hanging out together

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Scenting

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Getting up to leave

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. A playful tussle.

Leopard (Panthera pardus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

This may well have been the highlight of the Safari for me, although, the whole Safari was pretty much one GIANT highlight!





A smattering of African Animals

27 01 2013

Some more of my photos from our Tanzanian Trip from 2009 – slowly but surely I’m working through them!

1. Klipspringer – a small Antelope:

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Stripe-Sided Jackal

Side-Striped Jackal (Canis adustus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Jackal again

Side-Striped Jackal (Canis adustus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Impala – quite literally "Fast Food"

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Herd of Impala

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Rock Hyrax baby with mom

Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Spotted Hyena… All kinds of nasty.

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Grant’s Gazelle

Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole Africa set can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157621906615382/with/8421853430/

Still adding!





Tanzanian Hippos

21 09 2012

Having just finished our giraffe pictures, I figured I’d dive right into the hippo shots. Here are our Hippos from 2009 in the Serengeti and Lake Manyara national parks, Tanzania. My wife and I shot them while travelling on safari with "Tropical Trails"

1. Just being hornery.

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. You stepped on my toes!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Hanging out with mom

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You could walk over them – it’s so crowded!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. What a mug!

Hippos of Tanzania by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

All of our hippo shots can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8010570018/

While the whole Africa trip (still being updated) here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7621906615382/

I hope you enjoy them!





Giraffes of Tanzania

17 09 2012

We went on a safari of northern Tanzania back in 2009. Yes, it has taken this long to get these done… Well, at least here they are, the magnificent, long necked animals of Africa….

(photos taken by my wife and I)

Giraffa camelopardalis!

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Tanzanian Giraffes by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Africa 2009 – Updated photos!

18 03 2012
Sunset on the SerengetiYellow-billed KitePied CrowYellow-billed KiteSpeckled MousebirdMrs Dragonspeed at the Norfolk Hotel
Olive ThrushCollared SunbirdOlive ThrushKenya Rufous SparrowCape Robin-ChatBaglafecht Weaver
Hadeda IbisRest stop on the way to ArushaMrs Dragonspeed and JacobMartial EagleMartial EagleMasai Ostrich
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleuA weaver's nestHunter's SunbirdDik DikDik DikTawny Eagle

Africa 2009, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:

Trip to Tanzania May 21-June 10, 2009

I have uploaded more photos to our Flickr Album.

Nile Crocodile, Dik Dik, Hot Air balloons over the Serengeti, and a seafood BBQ in Stonetown!





Nature’s Cleanup Crew

11 01 2012

Jambo! More shots from Tanzania…
In the real circle of life, it’s the vultures and marabou storks that act as Nature’s cleaners. They come in and scour the remains of carcasses. It’s not pretty, but it’s an essential part of the "Circle of Life" that doesn’t show up on the Tourist brochures.
The whole series can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspee … 8824463375

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Nature’s Cleaning Crew by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Nature’s Cleaning Crew by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Nature’s Cleaning Crew by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Nature’s Cleaning Crew by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Comments and Critiques are always welcome!

Cheers!





Cape Buffalo

30 12 2011
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Cape Buffalo, a set on Flickr.

A collection of Cape Buffalo pictures from our 2009 Safari in Tanzania with Tropical Trails





East African Birds

26 12 2011
Lilac-breasted RollerYelow-billed KitePied CrowYelow-billed KiteSpeckled MousebirdOlive Thrush
Collared SunbirdOlive ThrushKenya Rufous SparrowCape Robin-ChatBaglafecht WeaverHadeda Ibis
Martial EagleMartial EagleMasai OstrichRed-cheeked Cordon-bleuA weaver's nestHunter's Sunbird
Tawny EagleTawny EagleSuperb StarlingHornbills and StarlingsMasai OstrichMasai Ostrich

East African Birds, a set on Flickr.

Well, 2 1/2 years after we finished our INCREDIBLE Kenya/Tanzania trip, I finally managed to finish editing the BIRDS from the trip (sooo many other animals to still do!) Here they are… 99 of the best bird shots by Mrs D and I. Shot at the time with the Canon 50D and the Rebel XTi. on the 50D I had the 100-400 and on the Rebel XTi we had the 70-200 2.8 with the 2X extender. Our tour company was "Tropical Trails" We had a Fantastic Guide, Jacob Loserian. Ask for him if you book with TT!





A couple more safari pics finally processed..

9 10 2009

I think it’s going to take a serious part of my lifetime to get all my safari pics posted but here are a couple that we took while passing through the serengeti.  I loved the feeling of solitude in the first and the colour the sun imparted to the second.  I hope you enjoy this brief virtual visit to Tanzania

Umbrella in a storm:
acacia Serengeti Tanzania TropicalTrails Safari Africa

 

Yellow Bark acacia at sunset (No – that’s NOT A WB issue…the sun was almost red!):
acacia Serengeti Tanzania TropicalTrails Safari Africa

The whole set of our African trip (being added still) can be seen at: My Africa Album on Fotothing








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