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I have so many pictures to post I don't know where to start! I decided to take a small break from JUST cats, more will be coming soon enough

The Honey Badgers were a rare treat. We saw them in the dark on the way out that morning well before sunrise, they were running the opposite direction so we didn't follow them. Then on the way home when there really wasn't enough light we saw them again. This time they headed for water allowing us a little time to observe them and take some shots. The quality sure isn't there but getting photos of these guys was something I NEVER thought I would EVER do so the shot is a bit special.

Tim





1 a pair of Honey Badgers

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/4.0    1/200s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  







2 Cheetah laying around in the shade

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +2.0x lens    1000mm    f/8.0    1/250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







3 Grabbing some of the last rays of light before sunset

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







4 standing around, it was overcast, the rain had just let up and the light was pretty interesting

  Canon EOS-1D X    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/640s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







5 the lovely couple

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/640s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 19, 2013 at 02:39 AM
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You got incredibly close to the Cheetah Tim. The last 2 are beauties

Morris



Nov 19, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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Wow Tim. Gorgeous shots. I love the zebras most, especially the last one.
Did you have 2 500s with you or were you switching between your two bodies? Just curious how you decided which body to mount up each day or if you were switching a lot in the field.

Thanks for sharing, looking forward to more from your trip.

Geoff



Nov 19, 2013 at 02:44 AM
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Ok, so those last 4 (and the last particularly) are beauties but the first had such an incredible degree of difficulty that that wins by a mile. One of the most elusive creatures to see let alone photograph on safari and you got not one but two in perfect focus....I have 2 in focus but I needed two shots to do it ....seriously, no light and at least 50 yards away...way to go bro!
Eric



Nov 19, 2013 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


Super set Tim, but wow, that last shot is special. Really like the light, the bg, the comp, the colors etc. It all works together well. Honey badgers are pretty cool too.


Nov 19, 2013 at 03:32 AM
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More awesomeness!! The last one is super cool!


Nov 19, 2013 at 03:43 AM
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Sweeeeeeeet!
The honey badgers are a great find, & seeing this shot just makes me smile. The tight cheetah is beautiful & seeing the exif, i think anyone should not worry if they pair a 500mm f4 mkii w/ a 2x... Just wow for sharpness & detail. Finally, the light in ths zebra herd & their patterns are just perfect.

A pleasure to view.
Bruce



Nov 19, 2013 at 03:47 AM
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Tim, gorgeous shots !!! That last zebra shot is breath taking .

Birdie



Nov 19, 2013 at 03:52 AM
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Honey Badgers!!! I've read about this species and seen a drawing or two, but, man, what an opportunity.

One of the fascinating things about this species (besides their legendary ferocity) is the proposed relationship with cheetah cubs, which bear something of a resemblance to honey badgers, especially if an image is blurry, taken during a dust storm, and heavily cropped.

Fortunately, that is not the case here, Tim! I think the quality is OK, but what really caught my eye is the mood...somehow you managed to make these guys look cute, almost like, well, like cheetah cubs!

Oh, those zebras aren't too shabby either. Fantastic light, beautiful comp.

Greg



Nov 19, 2013 at 03:57 AM
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Tim- The Peanut Gallery thinks these are swell pictures.
I am impressed to the point of being speechless.
But that will pass .
Charlie



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More gorgeous images TIm. I think I'm going to have to go to the thesaurus to find more descriptive adjectives to use since you have so many more images to come ! The zebra shots are my favs here - simply wonderful.


Nov 19, 2013 at 04:45 AM
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Congrats on the Honey Badgers, Tim! Interesting creatures.
Very nice portrait shots. The cat looks more relaxed in the first one, but I like the inquisitive look of the second one.
Interesting diffuse lighting in the last two. It give a special character to the images>
A job well done!
Socrate



Nov 19, 2013 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


'nother great set Tim (working on my jealously bone itch right now ). #3 - wow, nice portrait, #4 - interesting intersection of the stripes #5 - very nice!!

-Doug



Nov 19, 2013 at 05:58 AM
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Congrats on the Honey Badgers at the Honey Hole, their markings are fascinating.
#3 Cheetah is my favorite of the two, gotta love that light in those beautiful eyes.
Believe it or not, the standout images for me in this set are both Zebra pics... fantastic compositions on both Tim, I love them both just as presented.
Top notch stuff buddy.

Kirk



Nov 19, 2013 at 06:49 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


very nice Tim.. the last one for me


Nov 19, 2013 at 08:44 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


Wow, excellent series. Fascinating images...all of them. Beautiful composition.

Brian M.



Nov 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


Beautiful work Tim!!! For me, the last three images are simply beautiful, works of art!!! Congratulations, great job!!!


Nov 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


#4 and #5 are exquisite. Well done, Tim.
Al



Nov 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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Wonderful shots Tim. To select any one of these as a favourite would do the others an injustice ....... I do like the red eye in #3 though
David



Nov 19, 2013 at 07:26 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Spots, stripes, mean sobs(5)


Hi Tim,
So glad you photographed a real treat!! You must of been so HAPPY I am happy for YOU!!

Now let me say: The last four "knocked my socks off" Now I am chilly

Congrats on such fine photos!!
BeeBalm



Nov 19, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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