Well, this is it, my final blog entry about my trip to Africa and today I'll be sharing all of the video clips from the safari. I promise there will be none from the dreaded "diarrhea" portion of the trip. But I do need to warn viewers that there are a couple clips of the scene with the two cubs and female lion eating the warthog. They might be a bit too graphic for small children so I'll post a big WARNING graphic ahead of those scenes.
I believe I mentioned in my blog a while back about the crazy drivers in this country and also a bit about the huge speed bumps. Well, here's a twofer. Crazy drivers and huge speed bumps in one clip.
Nothing here really worth viewing, just a few seconds of shaky camera work driving down a bumpy road in Lake Manyara. Go ahead, skip this one.
I told you it wasn't worth watching.
This clip is very loud due to the wind noise so I'd turn the sound down a bit. It shows zebras in the plains around Lake Manyara and gives you an idea just how close they were to the truck. Oh yeah, a glimpse at the monster lens setup too.
Another loud shot of zebras so watch the sound level. It was very windy that day. Some people thought I enhanced the green in some of my photos but this unedited video clip proves just how green the grass was.
More zebras near the road. Wind noise is not quite so bad in this one but it's not much different then the clip above.
I'm not sure why I like this clip because there are no animals and the first 10 seconds is quite shaky but once the camera settles down I'm reminded of the breeze blowing in my face as I stand up in the truck.
A quick glance at what I first thought were Dik Diks but looking at the video again I think they are too large to be Dik Diks. Maybe some other young antelope.
Baboons blocking our road. Can anyone say The OMEN?
Day two of the safari and we are out in the Serengeti. I see this huge dust devil on the horizon and have to shoot a couple clips.
My first lion sighting and also the first clip recorded with the Canon 5D Mark II. Behind the wind noise you can hear a slight drone. That's the sound of the image stabilizer on the big lens. I'm surprised I was able to hold it as steady as I did on the monopod. This shot is at 840mm.
Of course she never looked my way while I was shooting video.
A glimpse at four young lions laying in the high grass.
This little girl kept an eye on me.
Day three on the safari and not long after getting those incredible sunrise shots we come upon this pride of lions.
At some point the large female in the road stood up, turned around, and sat back down with her back to us. How rude!
Another shot showing our vehicle for scale so you get an idea how close we were on some occasions.
You may remember this photo that I told you was actually two images I stitched together.
Well, here's a couple video clips I rolled through the big lens to show you the individual framing and how I couldn't see both in one shot.
I like listening to my driver Ben and the other driver talking. I don't understand a word they are saying though.
Cape Buffalo at a watering hole.
Get outta my way big guy.
::: WARNING :::
THE NEXT SEVEN CLIPS INVOLVE THE YOUNG LION CUBS EATING A WARTHOG AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES.
This first clip in this sequence is probably my favorite. They have just made their way over to the warthog and are trying to decide what to do. Eat or be concerned with our presence.
Mom sits nearby as one of the cubs decides to start the process of eating lunch.
Eventually the little one starts making way on the warthog.
My friends from Germany and Denmark show up to witness the spectacle. I like this shot because as the camera pans around you get a sense of just how close we were to this event.
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A zebra caught closeup with the big lens. Actually a little too closeup.
A young zebra. Check out that mohawk!
I really wish this shot was longer and steadier. I love the lighting. And I could do without the other truck passing through the shot too.
Two very short, very shaky clips of two leopards in a far off tree.
These remaining clips were taken on my final day in Tanzania as I'm being driven to the Kilimanjaro airport to leave. I had hoped the sounds on the radio would have been recorded too but unfortunately they were too low. It's just a few random clips along the roadside. Lots of wind noise so watch your volume. Not much to see here.
That's it guys, my final clip and my final post from the trip. I hope everyone has enjoyed following along with me as I relived the journey. I guess it really is over now......
Thanks to my faithful followers for making this worthwhile as it was quite the endeavor to keep up with the blog while also being back in the real world and having to work.