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JDLifeshots April 13, 2017
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Behind The Lens

This photo is one of a series i made on a roadtrip I made in feb-mar 2017 through South-Africa-Namibia and Botswana. This serie was made in Etosha NP in Namibia.
This was around midday on a desert road
I had to make this photo from a car under a difficult angel in the full hard sunlight. There were almost no clouds that day to soften the light.
As stated i made this from the window of a car using a beanbag to stabelyce the lens, bending over as much as possible to capture the sighting above the car. The Photo was made with a Canon EOS D7 Mark II and a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 E IS II USM + 1.4X without any filters or flash
The main reason to make this trip was off coarse to take pictures of the wildlife in the parks. I had the luck many times before to be close to a lilac-breasted roller but this was the first time i was lucky to witness it picking up a beetle from the road before me and choosing a tree quit close by my car. It is always a thrill to see an animal or bird in the wild, but it especial exiting when nature performs the ultimate kill
I only did the basics in Lightroom that are needed for a Raw picture
In my camera bag
On a trip like this I always use two body's (Canon D7 en D6) with long lenses for the wildlife (a 100-400 and a 70-200 Canon, with converters (2x and 1,4x), a wide-angle lens for the landscapes, and a macro (100MM) for the small flowers and insects. A tripod for the landscape pictures where staying in the car is not nessisary, a beanbag, lots of cards en extra batteries and sometimes two graduated filters.
For this you have to be verry lucky. I made several trips before and never had the opportunity before, but as we say in the Netherlands: De aanhouder wint (it's dogged that does it). Always be prepared for the one moment.

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