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10.25.2013

On Safari in Tanzania

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm | Aperture:  f/8 | Focal length: 536mm | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm | Aperture: f/8 | Focal length: 536mm | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec. | ISO 800

I have been blessed to be able to travel to some spectacular places and people always ask me what my favorite place is.  I can answer without hesitation that it is a safari to Tanzania to witness the great migration.  It is often difficult to capture the chaos of a crossing but the Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom allows me to capture all the action.  The images above and below are good examples of this versatility. This spectacle is unrivaled in nature and is something that you should have on your bucket list!

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 406mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 406mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter speed: 1/500 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter speed: 1/500 sec. | ISO 800

The diversity of wildlife is also hard to match and that includes the birds.  In the image above, I was fortunate enough to come upon these dancing crowned cranes early one morning in the Ngorongoro Crater. The extra reach of the 300-800 also allowed me to stay a greater distance away so as not to spook the birds while they went about their pre mating ritual.  The reach of the lens allows me to capture the smaller birds such as the lilac breasted roller, which is hard to match in beauty.

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 572mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed:  1/2500 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 572mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 | Focal length: 269mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 | Focal length: 269mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec. | ISO 800

For many people, this trip is all about the cats!  Lions, such as the one pictured above are relatively easy to find and plentiful!  I had to use the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 because he was so close!  Leopards on the other hand are often elusive.  A few years ago I was able to capture the image of the playful young leopards in a broken tree as shown below and right below that is a headshot from this years trip of what I consider one of the most beautiful cats.  I had to run a bit of noise reduction on that one as the light had already faded.

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 434mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 434mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter speed: 1/100 sec. | ISO 3200

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter speed: 1/100 sec. | ISO 3200

Even though I have been to Tanzania four times, I still manage to capture new species.  In the images below, the Serval and the African Fish Eagle in flight were just 2 of the many new species I was able to capture on this trip and I already look forward to my trip in 2015!  A safari to Tanzania should be on everyone’s bucket list!

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 800mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed:  1/1250 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 800mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec. | ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. |  ISO 800

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 | Focal length: 731mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. | ISO 800

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