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Kenyan Wildlife Safari: PART II

  
 
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This is a follow up to my first batch of photos from my last adventure through Kenya.
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1836927

I spent two weeks covering three different regions in Kenya. I had an incredible group of photographers making photos with us and I'm in the process of planning the return trip. We truly saw it all - tusker elephants, huge rhino, all of the big cats and some wild predator action.

I shot over 22,000 photos and I've made my first pass through everything - so many keepers! All in all, I shot nearly everything with the Sony Alpha 1 but some of the time I was using a modified A7iii for infrared to create some unique B&W images.

I was able to take the early copy of the Sony 300mm F2.8 GM with me and shoot it alongside the 400GM. It's an incredibly nimble lens and it packs a punch. I really can't recommend it enough and I will be adding it to my bag with the 400.

Who wants to go next time? I've started a waitlist for those that may be interested in joining in 2024 or 2025.
https://www.dirksenphoto.com/kenya




  ILCE-1    FE 135mm F1.8 GM lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/12800s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 135mm F1.8 GM lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/500s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/6400s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 300mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/10000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  ILCE-1    FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






Infrared.

  ILCE-7M3    135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 lens    135mm    f/1.8    1/4000s    125 ISO    +1.0 EV  




Feb 03, 2024 at 04:05 PM
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Amazing shots! That lion portrait is so captivating. I would love to get there one day. Thanks for sharing!


Feb 03, 2024 at 04:37 PM
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Tim D. wrote:
Amazing shots! That lion portrait is so captivating. I would love to get there one day. Thanks for sharing!


Tim there is no better time than now. I waited for quite a while before my first trip, and then almost 4 years before my second trip and there really is no equal in terms of wildlife photography. There is a reason so many people have that as their number one place to go for wildlife photography. The biodiversity is incredible!



Feb 03, 2024 at 08:22 PM
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Just stellar, all on point, hard to imagine much better. Congrats on a great trip.
Eric



Feb 03, 2024 at 09:46 PM
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Wow, these are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Jason



Feb 03, 2024 at 10:06 PM
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Erictator wrote:
Just stellar, all on point, hard to imagine much better. Congrats on a great trip.
Eric


It was just a superb trip for image making. There's plenty of others still too and probably bird stuff that I didn't even focus on!

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jaylee73 wrote:
Wow, these are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Jason


Appreciate it!



Feb 04, 2024 at 08:52 AM
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These are all really great but the first, last, and the male lion are fantastic !
Gary



Feb 04, 2024 at 09:02 AM
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In a word - "magnificent".
Lovin' on the oxpeckers!



Feb 04, 2024 at 10:35 AM
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These are incredible shots! Please keep them coming as you work through them. Very inspiring!


Feb 04, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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Stellar set just wonderful

Lion is fantastic, but first and last are my favorites

Lil



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Incredible series!!


Feb 04, 2024 at 01:55 PM
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Awesome Kenyan images. Thanks for sharing. PM sent.


Feb 04, 2024 at 04:35 PM
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Superb set Dirk

Morris



Feb 04, 2024 at 05:39 PM
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Don't think I can add much to what's already been said. These are outstanding on very level.
No.s 1, 11, & 12 are all just outstanding compositions, and the male Lion is wonderful.
Great work!

Greg



Feb 04, 2024 at 06:45 PM
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Excellent set!! love the captivating Lion portrait.


Feb 04, 2024 at 08:29 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
These are all really great but the first, last, and the male lion are fantastic !
Gary


Appreciate it! That lion definitely gave us a few opportunities to make nice portraits - even in the rain.

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Abuttolph wrote:
These are incredible shots! Please keep them coming as you work through them. Very inspiring!


Appreciate it!

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Lil Judd wrote:
Stellar set just wonderful

Lion is fantastic, but first and last are my favorites

Lil


I'm very partial to the elephant - it was sublime!

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Al Trujillo wrote:
Incredible series!!


Thank you!

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live2huntelk wrote:
Awesome Kenyan images. Thanks for sharing. PM sent.


Thanks!

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morris wrote:
Superb set Dirk

Morris


Thank you, Morris!

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gmccroskery wrote:
Don't think I can add much to what's already been said. These are outstanding on very level.
No.s 1, 11, & 12 are all just outstanding compositions, and the male Lion is wonderful.
Great work!

Greg


Thank you Greg! It was a very fun trip!

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krazyindian wrote:
Excellent set!! love the captivating Lion portrait.


Thank you!



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Feb 05, 2024 at 09:24 AM
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probishaw wrote:
In a word - "magnificent".
Lovin' on the oxpeckers!


The oxpeckers were a lot of fun and I constantly was looking for opportunities to try to make a composition with them. Birds out in that open savannah are not as easy to fill a frame with!



Feb 07, 2024 at 04:29 PM
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Beautiful Images !

John



Feb 08, 2024 at 07:20 PM
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Beautiful images!
Excellent compositions, in particular you got eye level (or lower) angles on them, even the lizard.

Dave



Feb 09, 2024 at 12:13 AM
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Stunning set !

Ronny



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