Friday, December 9, 2011

Back to Tanzania: Flamingo in Flight!

After a few local workshops, and lots of planning for 2012, I am 
finally getting back to some editing of my images from
the recent tour to Tanzania.  Picking out a few
images from 11,000+ in total is no easy task. 

Our first game drive in Arusha National Park was pretty awesome.
We spent a lot of time with about 20,000 flamingos 
who live in volcanic lakes.  The colors of these lesser flamingos 
are pretty awesome during this time of year.

We were able to view and shoot from a lot of different 
positions around these lakes.  Finding a good background for a 
flight shot was a bit challenging, so I was quite happy with 
the result here on this image below.  The other difficulty with 
flamingos in flight is there is almost always 2-5 other birds 
within a few feet of your target bird. 

The key to success here is taking "tons" of shots!  With this 
image I did need to clone out some background birds., they were
just too out-of-focus, and distracting. 

What I liked about this shot would be the colors of the
bird, the nice dark background, details, as
it was quite close, soft natural light, and 
the wing position.

(please click on the images for a larger view!)

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