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Richard Veitch

“The Kruger National Park (Summer in December)”

Wednesday 12th December 2018
7.15 for 7.30 till 10.00
Cowdray Hall, Parkway, Easebourne Street, Midhurst

“The Kruger National Park (Summer in December)”

A detailed look at the animals and birds of the park as the wet season commences.

“Summer in December” is a trip around the Kruger National Park in South Africa with me and my wife, Carol. It is a magical time of the year for the park and its inhabitants. The long dry season comes to an end, sometimes with a bang and floods, sometimes with a gentle soaking rain which can last for days. The daytime temperature rises quickly when the clouds clear and the animals seek shade in the heat of the afternoon. We have travelled frequently to Southern Africa, each time gaining insight to the world of the wildlife and expertise in the photography of the animals and birds we encounter.

When Carol and I married in 1999 we decided to honeymoon in Botswana. Our first guide taught us an amazing amount about the animals and how to behave around them. I had an Olympus OM10 with two lenses and shot 36 rolls of film. Needless to say they were expensive to process and the number of ‘keepers’ was few. However, I learned more and with each successive trip, I have improved both my photographic knowledge and technique whilst moving to digital and increasing camera capabilities. From the Olympus I moved to Fuji digital ‘bridge’ cameras, then the step to DSLR with the Canon EOS 300D. Both Carol and I have two Canon bodies (to save having to change lenses in the dust of Africa) with various lenses. Carol has two EOS 7D bodies and I have two EOS 5d MkIII bodies. Carol’s most used lens is her EF 100-400mm L IS USM MkII and mine is my EF 500mm f4 L IS USM with an EF 1.4x MkIII convertor. It is a lot of weight to haul about but we hope that the images that we have to show for it justify the effort.

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