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AYX - Photographic Safari - 4/5th June - Kenya

Anonymous
Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:49

Hi there,

Just wondering who else is going to be on my trip? To say hello and to check what equipment you're taking/not taking? Plus I'm not a fantastic photographer, so I'm hoping that I'm not going to be completely out of my depth!

Nomatter what...I can't wait...it's going to be a great trip!

 Amanda

Anonymous
Mon, 03/08/2010 - 01:00

Hi Amanda

I'm going on the trip too.  I have a Canon 5d mkii and not sure about lenses yet, am considering hiring either a 100-400 or a 500mm f4.  I'm hoping not to be out of my depth either!  Have you been to Kenya before?

Ginny

Anonymous
Mon, 03/08/2010 - 22:33

Hey, you're much more advanced than me...

I can see that I'm going to get some camera envy going on here!! I only have a lowly Canon 450D - and have managed to grab a Canon 100-400mm L IS lens off eBay for not a bad price. I am definitely pretty much an amateur - but am hoping to learn lots and maybe upgrade if I'm any good!

No, never been to Kenya before - friends have and they have always raved about it. Be great to just be outdoors of an office and in the wilderness for a while. The ultimate switch off from work!

So...any chance you'll be able to give me some tips when we're there? Or just help me stop looking like an idiot?!! A

 

Amanda

Anonymous
Tue, 03/09/2010 - 00:13

Hi Amanda

Good to hear from you.  I've only had my camera for a few weeks, it was a bit of a rash buy when the mirror fell off my 5d.  Didn't realise it would only take a week to repair!  Should have waited and saved my money, but it's a great camera.  Maybe i'll have a look on eBay for a lens too.  I'll help any way I can  but am no expert.  Where is home for you?  Maybe we can meet up before the trip.  I live in Sussex but am working on a boat overseas at the moment, hoping to be back mid April / early May.

Have you been on any Exodus trips before?  A friend did the Inca trail with them last year and said it was good.

 Ginny

Anonymous
Tue, 03/09/2010 - 15:23

Hi

I did the photographic safari in 2008. It was completely mixed bunch - from my wife who did not take a camera but just enjoyed the viewing to a professional sports photographer and a complete range in between from non-dslr basic cameras to professional gear. I guarantee that you will get some brilliant photographs - everyone on our trip.

Colin

Anonymous
Thu, 03/11/2010 - 21:47

Hi Colin,

Thanks for your calming words of reassurance - it will be good if there is a wide range of experience/expertise out there photographically-speaking. Is the photography tutor quite as scary as thay suggest?!!

Amanda

Anonymous
Mon, 03/15/2010 - 14:10

Hi Amanda

Paul is quite character, full of energy and enthusiasm, and totally non-PC jokes. I dont think anybody found him scary. He wants you to get some great photographs so he's tutoring the group in his vehicle, he really knows his stuff. I learnt more in that week about my camera than I had since I bought it. His driver/guides are really good as well. The vehicles are set up for photography, there's no need for tripods or monopods, bean bags are supplied. Paul uses Canon EOS kit so if you have the same you get the chance to borrow his lenses. Every evening he will critique your photographs, it's all good humoured and fun, as long as you are not too sensitive.

Just to prove that Paul isnt scary, my wife and I are doing the trip to Spitzbergen with him in June to photograph polar bears.

Colin

Anonymous

Hi everybody, Am a complete novice but really looking forward to the trip - have been wanting to take some good pictures for a while - you all sound like real peofessionals hope I can learn loads from you all! Think I should try and get something  better than my kodak instamatic then!!! Only joking! Still reading the manual for my canon - is easier in French! Looking forward to meeting you all and going back to Kenya.

Anonymous
Sat, 03/27/2010 - 19:04

Hi Amanda

Would be great to meet up before the trip.  I'm working overseas at the moment but will be home for a few weeks on 24th April.  My email is ginnyscholes@gmail.com.  Not long to go now!

Ginny

Anonymous
Fri, 04/09/2010 - 23:15

Well, I am looking forward to it as much as everyone else.  I have done a bit of wildlife photography before, but expect this will be in a different league, what with Paul to help along, not to mention the location.  I have indulged myself with a new camera and 100-400 zoom, which I am busy getting to know, and liking very much.  If anyone wants my web address or email, just ask.

Jeremy

Anonymous
Tue, 04/13/2010 - 14:09

Hi everybody! What camera are you bringing? I may look like your poor relation in camera stakes - plus i need a new lense! I am so  worried!!!! The other girls - I am on sussex border but drive all over country - obv not your age but have people to keep me on toes! So glad a chap (aagh how did I use that term!) on trip cos that will help! Welcome! 

Anonymous
Sat, 04/17/2010 - 02:20

Hi Jeremy

Would be good to meet up with someone before the trip, I'm home on 24 th April for a few weeks.  Can you send me your email address?

Ginny

Anonymous
Sun, 04/25/2010 - 10:59

Hiya Here is Renee.  Me and my husband wil be two further members to go on this trip with you.  Just to come in to say hi to you all Amanda, Ginny, Sara, Coilin, Jeremy....  I am not photographer at all... take some hoilday photos for family like everyone.  My husband is interested in photographic, but not anywhere close to be seen as photographer.  We are looking forward to the trip to gain good expereiences in safari and photoraphic.  We will definitely be out of our depth as I used a compact SLR and my husband's Cannon may not even have long enough lense, but we still hope to enjoy your company and the learning experience.  We live in Essex, and will be on the flight to Keyan from Heathrow. Looking forward to meet you all.  We will be going to Paul's presentation on 12 May in London.  Let me know if any of you are going....will be great to put a face to a name.

Anonymous
Thu, 05/13/2010 - 22:53

Reading the notes again, I can see Amanda refered the trip to depart on 5th June.  I though we are leaving UK on the 4th June... at least my schedule is printed 4th.  Are we all leaving on the same day?

Thanks 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:00

Hi, I have received the trip confirmation, so I am sure of which date we are leaving.  I was a bit pacnicky about the holidays request set up for work.  Sorry

Is eveyone geting the Kenya visa in London?

 

 

Anonymous
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:05

Hi there, sorry for not managing to reply more quickly. Yes, when I initially logged in to start a post for our trip it used the land only start date and not the outward travel date. Just to confuse everybody!

Yes, plan to get the visa aat the airport. Sounds like it should be pretty straightforward.

Not long now....Amanda

Anonymous
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:07

Sorry - mis-read your last question. Not getting visa in London - but at Nairobi airport. I e-mailed Exodux to ask and they seemed to think that most people went for the Nairobi option.

Thanks, Amanda

Anonymous
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:07

Sorry - mis-read your last question. Not getting visa in London - but at Nairobi airport. I e-mailed Exodux to ask and they seemed to think that most people went for the Nairobi option.

Thanks, Amanda

Anonymous
Fri, 05/21/2010 - 11:38

Hello everyone! I'm Joan - looking forward to the trip & hoping for no volcanic dust! I love taking photos, especially of wildlife, but I'm by no means an expert. I've a Canon Eos 40D + 100-400 lense. I'll probably bring my older Eos 350D with an 18-55 lense as well. I'm from Glasgow, so have the added problem of getting down to London. I went through Kenya 2 years ago and it was no problem getting a visa in Nairobi airport.

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