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A last minute cancellation on my September photo safari to Tanzania has created an opening for a couple or two singles sharing. You can read about this safari here: http://randyhannaphotography.com/safari_sep_2014.htm

Contact Andrew at Thomson Safaris (1-800-235-0289) if you are interested in joining me on a killer memory making adventure.

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Cheers and happy photo’ing

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June Safari Update – Day 9 and 10
June 9 and 10, 2014

After an incredible day in the crater we left our camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and headed for Gibbs Farm for our last night in Tanzania.  A lengthy tour through the organic farms and a wonderful presentation by a Maasai Healer who spoke of the traditional medicine ways that are still in use today, made for ending the safari on a very high note.  On the morning of the 10th we made our way to the Cultural Heritage and to the Shanga River House for our farewell lunch.

Before I close out this trip posting, I wanted to share with you a quick video from one of my safari clients, Jeff Paradiso.  Jeff and I had communicated a great deal before our safari and at the end of the day, we both said – what the heck…bring it.  What he brought was a quad copter drone mounted with a Hero camera.  Throughout the safari, we obtained some wonderful aerial imagery, so stay tuned for more from Jeff.

So if you have ever wondered what it looks like from above the canopy at the Ngorongoro Crater camp, have a look below as Jeff expertly pilots this aerial platform though a very narrow opening between two Acacia trees.  Thanks for a great look Jeff.

Cheers and all my best to all of my safari clients that joined me on this wonderful adventure to Tanzania.

Happy Photo’ing

June Safari Update – Day 8
June 8, 2014

Today was our full day in the Ngorongoro Crater. An early rise greeted us with heavy cloud and a misty decent into the floor of the crater. Not more than 10 minutes into the trip, we found four huge male lions and four females and an added bonus of a pair of young cubs. Although they were playing just out of camera range, it was a great sight to see. We continued along our way photographing the landscapes of the crater, as well as flamingos, zebras, jackals (golden and silver back), and Cape Buffalos. We worked hard to locate the rhinos however, they would not cooperate so we returned to camp for wonderful African dinner and an evening around the campfire. As a highlight, the kitchen staff baked a birthday cake for Jeff. What a surprised look he had on his face when he figured out what was going on.

_RWH1153-EditEarly morning storm in the Ngorongoro Crater.  Nikon D800, 24-70 @ 24mm

 

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Tomorrow, we are off the Gibbs Farm to end our safari on a very high note. With lots of activities planed for Gibbs, it will be a full day.

Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Update – Day 7
June7, 2014

We broke camp today just as the sun started coming through the clouds. Our home for four nights, Robanda Camp and the wonderful staff, coupled with an incredible location and stunning views, was simply hard to leave.  Bidding our farewells to the staff, we were off to the Ngorongoro Crater and our next chapter of our safari.  Driving through the Serengeti, the Wildebeest population exploded all around us. With three days of heavy rains, we saw first hand, the explosion of fresh green grass shoots. Following a very dry spring, this was just what the animals needed.  We stopped briefly at Nobi Gate to take in a killer view of the endless plains of the Serengeti.  As we said so long to the Serengeti, we headed for an educational stop at Oldupai Gorge where we learned all about the archeological significance of this site.  After lunch we were off the the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.  On the way to our camp, we paused at a local Maasai Village for a bit of an education on how the Maasai live.  At the end of the village visit, I gathered up several of the Maasai warriors as models for some instructions on field portraits.  Lessons that we covered at this location included how to keep the distant horizons from going directly through the head and or necks of the warriors as well as how to balance your exposures between the sky and the dark skin color of the warriors.

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After a wonderful meal at our campsite located on the rim of the crater, it was time for bed in prep for an early rise tomorrow as we explore the Ngorongoro Crater for the entire day.

Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Update – Day 6
June 6, 2014

Having weathered two days of rain and two nights of heavy storms, the weather gave us a wonderful break today. Departing the camp, it was a wonderful sunrise with wildebeests everywhere. As we made our way to the Ikoma Gate, the animals were on the move to the areas that were freshly burnt (controlled burning) in hunt of fresh green growth that the rains will bring.

The clouds were simply incredible as we drove toward the central Serengeti. I borrowed an IR camera from Jeff and took a few landscapes along the way. Our treats today included more lions, another Cheetah, and on the way back to camp, two of the rigs photographed a number of lions with 12 cubs, all out in the open playing and having a great time.  At this point, we have given up counting our cat sightings -  too many to count.

I returned back to camp early so Jeff and I could use the drone to do some camp fly-bys and some overhead wildebeest shots for use in a future movie. More to follow on this effort, so keep an eye out.

Tomorrow it is a bit of a road trip as we head to the Ngorongoro Crater.

IMG_9991Canon EOS 50D (converted to IR), 24mm, ISO 400, 1/800 at f/8.0

Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the Serengeti made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Udpate – Day 5
June 5, 2014

Last night was filled with all of the sounds of Africa as Wildebeests, Zebra, Reed Bucks, Lions, and made their crazy noises all thru the night. I woke up about 0300 and made a quick audio recording of the racket. To top things off, we had one heck of a rain storm all through the night. The much needed rain and the wildebeests on the move made for an eventful night.  Give the file below a listen to get an idea of what we have been sleeping with…….I love it!

Soon after the sunrise, I did a quick primer on motion panning and we were off to photograph the running wildebeests just outside the camp. Jeff Paradiso took a great panning shot of a running wildebeest.

419C2060Shortly thereafter, we arrived at the Retemi Hippo Pool for some hippo shots. Funny thing, you just never know who you will meet at the hippo pool. Don ran into some folks from Gig Harbor and Fox Island, both not far from my home in Puyallup.

Following lunch we returned to camp for a discussion on digital assess management and Lightroom processing.

With another African rain storm heading our way, It will be getting a great night’s sleep.

Cheers and happy photo’ing.

Live Blogging from the Serengeti made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Update – Day 4
June 4, 2014

Up early as usual for a run down to Moru Kopjes in hopes of delivering cats again. Again, we hit payload including two huge good looking males and three cubs that were about 3 months old. One cheetah in the plains area rounded out the wonderful day. While working in the Moru Kopjes area, everyone was impressed with the landscapes and kopje formations. On our return to camp, we went through a classic and heavy African rain storm. With rain at camp and all around us, the wildebeest are once again on the move. This time, they are returning from the north back to the western corridor area, running right in front of our camp for hours on end. The sounds at nigh of their movement made for a truly African experience. Tomorrow we are off the the hippo pool among other places.
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Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the Serengeti made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Update – Day 3
June 3, 2014

Early to rise today with jombo jombo at 0530 and a departure at 0630 we were off heading for the Research Area in hopes of finding quality cats. Man oh man, did the Research Area produce. With 30 lions before noon, we were off to a great start. The highlight was a lioness posing for us in a tree, a large male lion next to the road and a number of cubs with the Marsh Pride. The total lion count for the day was 30 plus 2 cheetahs.

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Back to camp around 1630 and greeted by hundreds of wildebeests who will lull us to sleep tonight. Until the wind came up, we released a quad copter and took some shots of the camp. With the numbers of wildebeests continuing to increase around camp, we hope use the copter to do some filming in the local area. A light rain has passed over us and thunder and lightning in the distance. This will make for a very pleasant night tonight and I hope it will relocate some of the wildebeest into our immediate area. Tomorrow will be another early rise as we will push into the Moru Kojpes for some different cats and some killer landscapes.

Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the Serengeti made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

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June Safari Update – Day 1
June 2, 2014

Today was an early wake-up at Rivertrees as we had to make a mad dash to the local municipal airport for our charter flight to the central Serengeti.

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As we flew over the Serengeti, the impact of little rains became very apparent. The entire landscape looks like the typical September safari with brown and golden hues in every direction.

Once at the airstrip in the Serengeti (after a very fast stop at Lobo to drop a couple of folks), we hit the running. Within two hours we had seen 4 of the big five and wonderful photography opportunities. Do you know what the big five are and why they are referred to as the big five?

This trip, one of my clients is a sketch artist as well as a photograhper. In looking at her sketch book tonight, I just had to share one of her sketches from our first elephant sighting with everyone. Great job Kim Paradiso

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Arriving at our camp in Robanda late afternoon, the wildebeest were all around us making their normal racket. The Serengeti did not receive normal rainfall during the months of March, April, and May. This has forced a very early move of the migration herds from the Western Corridor to the northern central Serengeti and further north. Many of the herds have already crossed the Mara River into Kenya.

Tomorrow we are going to blast deep into the research area in search of cats. Off to bed with all of the wonderful sounds of the wild all around us. I just love this place.

Cheers and happy photo’ing

Live Blogging from the Serengeti made possible by XCOM GLOBAL International.

Rivertrees County Inn, Arusha, Tanzania
1 June 2014

It’s around 0700 and I am sitting here at the Rivertrees County Inn,located in the USA River District of Arusha, having a cup of freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee, fresh bread, juice, etc. Expertly managed by Rafael and Delphine, everything here is just so fresh. Having stayed a number of places in Tanzania over the years, I can tell you that this is without a doubt, my #1 and most favorite place of all in Arusha. I always go out of my way to ensure that I use this lodge whenever leading safaris in Tanzania.

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_DSC0729Executive Managers, Delphine and Rafael

Behind every great lodge is a great Chef and that is certainly the case with Rivertrees. Can you imagine going on an airplane for the first time, riding an elevator, and traveling outside of the city that you were borne and raised in? That is exactly what Chef Marietha did as she journeyed last year Dar es Salam to face off with other Chefs from Tanzania in the annual Tanzania Chef’s Competition. In a totally male dominated industry, Chef Marietha rose to the occasion and came in 3rd across all of Tanzania. Great job Marietha.

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Cheers and happy photo’ing.

I’m now off to collect my inbound travels from the airport and hopefully I will also find my bag waiting for me.

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