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Chobe:  Why you will want go with us in 2014
Chobe: Why you will want go with us in 2014

If you follow Magnum Excursions on Facebook you may know that one of our principles, Buddy Eleazer, loves Africa. If you haven’t followed us on Facebook, navigate around our site and you’ll see numerous images that confirm our love and experience within Africa.  What you probably don’t know is when and where this Africa bug... » read more

Africa Excursions – May 2013
Africa Excursions – May 2013

We have just finished two awesome weeks in Africa and there are a lot of contrast between the two weeks.  Week one was in Chobe NP, Chobe Forest and Kasane region of Botswana.  The week can be subtitled “The fast and the furious” (more on that later).  Week two was a photo workshop in Timbavati,... » read more

Photo Tips: Elements to Consider in Composition
Photo Tips: Elements to Consider in Composition

This is an edited reprint of an article I wrote several years ago in my blog, www.ChobeSafari.com.  Same text and many of the photos have changed, but the need to know the basics of composition is timeless. Many see a photo they like but when asked why they like the image, they lack the words... » read more

Reflections
Reflections

When photographing landscapes or cityscapes our brain tends to quickly eliminate any repeating patterns after a quick glance of  patterns. A hedge, a hay field, a row Aspens, windows in a skyscraper.  As long as this pattern is of the same color and goes in the same direction, the brain stores the information and allows... » read more

This or That – The Photographer’s Challenge
This or That – The Photographer’s Challenge

Many wildlife photographers love pure images with minimal editing right out of the camera.  Buddy Eleazer, one of our Magnum Excursion leaders does also. Many photographers these days see the ability to create very dynamic shots by using editing tools by software makes such as Topaz Labs, Nik, Photomatics and Redfield.  Some are taking even... » read more

Let it rain (or go dark)
Let it rain (or go dark)

Over fifty photographers stand at the lake’s edge anxiously waiting for sunrise to click the shutter at the precise moment when the early rays fill the sky with the most intense colors that cannot be described by mere words. Imagine the collective gasp when at first light you notice there will be no magic because... » read more

The tilt-shift lens in landscape photography
The tilt-shift lens in landscape photography

Coming from the good old film days of photography and having used large and medium format cameras that allow for plenty of movement of the lens and / or film boards, the tilt – shift lens has been a favorite of mine for many years. There are several advantages to using these types of lenses,... » read more