So I arrived in Kilimanjaro after overnighting in Dar Es Salam. I met up with the guide Josh who then took me to Arusha meet Charles Mpanda who is the owner of the safari company Tanganyika Ancient Routes http://www.tanganyikasafari.com/ We had some breakfast in Arusha then the three of us headed out to tangerine national park for two nights staying at the Balloon Camp….
The park is amazing, lots and lots of wildlife but very very dry and dusty, a complete contrast to when I was there 2 years ago in February when it was green.
After tangerine safari park we headed to Ngorongoro crater, stayed at the Sopa lodge in preparation to go into the crater the next day…..the ngorongoro crater was a nightmare, completely covered by thick cloud and cold…..really cold, there was very few animals to see and by 9:30am in the morning I was still shooting at ISO 1600 to 3200 to make an exposure.
We left the crater early and headed to the southern serengeti where we stayed for two more nights. This area is great as you can go off road but talk about dust ville…..dust everywhere.
We then started heading north to the northern Serengeti where we spent the next 2 nights and managed to get a mara river crossing shot……..that was so so special to witness watching thousands of wildebeest going crazy trying to stay away from the crocodiles…….
We then headed back into central Serengeti to catch my flight back to DAR then home………..all in all a fantastic trip
Below are some of the pictures taken while I was on the safari.
First month of shooting with my new Hasselblad H6D100c and its been a blast. There is a whole new feel to shooting with this kind of camera, yes its heavy but surprisingly enough it actually sits nicely in ones hand, all the buttons and knobs are easily accessed (except the mirror up button) so I have reconfigured my button layout so that everything that I need to take a hand held or a picture on a tripod are right there at my finger tips.
Hand held with the Hasselblad Noctilux HC100 f2.2 is easy peaty………….you get amazing bouquet and the detail from centre all the way into the corners is amazing.
I have done quit a lot of shots on a tripod using another new gadget the Acra Swill PO 1 ball head (now that is an amazing piece of kit) very fluid and easy to manipulate, when shooting landscape I just use the 3 second timer that automatically activates the mirror up function meaning no vibrations durning the exposure phase.
Below are a few that I have taken with this camera, and full resolution images can be seen HERE