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08-31-2015, 10:56 AM - 3 Likes   #1
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My Malawi & Zambia adventure with Pentax gear



Last July-August I went to Malawi and Zambia. It was my first real Africa experience. I have been to Morocco before, but that is something totally different. I always write reports to share my experiences, but most of all to show my photography. Last year I wrote a topic about my trip to Borneo and the gear and techniques I used. Now I just want to show you my photography and I hope I can inspire you in a way. The first part of my reports is about a very interesting location. It is about Mount Mulanje. This massif looks like a lonely mountain. A mountain like this is home to many special animals that live nowhere else on earth. This mountain is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
My next episodes will be about Zomba Plateau, Liwonde NP, Cape McClear, Ntchisi, and South Luangwa (Zambia). So there will also be reports about the more usual stuff from Africa. I will add those reports later to this topic.

You can read the report about Mulanje here:
Malawi 2015 Part I: The Majestic Mount Mulanje | RONALD ZIMMERMAN WILDLIFE & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - All images © 2008-2015 Ronald Zimmerman

I know you all have Pentax gear and you might be interested in the gear I use.

K-3

K-5 II

DA* 300 F4

HD DA 15mm F4 Limited

DFA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR

HD Pentax-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4x AW
AF360 Flash

Wescott Micro Apollo (softbox)


Fenix HP15 Headlight

Clik Elite Escape (camera bag)

If you have questions, feel free to ask!
Here a preview of the photos in the trip report!

Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)


Meller's Chameleon (Trioceros melleri)


Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis)






Common Reed Frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus)


Angola Green Snake (Philothamnus angolensis)


Mitchell's flat lizard (Platysaurus mitchelli)


Spotted Reed Frog (Hyperolius substriatus)


Yellow-spotted Tree Frog (Leptopelis flavomaculatus)


Mulanje Pygmy Chameleon (Rhampholeon platyceps)


Mulanje Chameleon (Nadzikambia mlanjensis)







I hope you like it!
If you want to see more, you can also follow me on my Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ronaldzimmermanphotography

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Fantastic series, Ron !

I like the way you put it together for sharing here.
Well done !

JP
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Fantastic series, Ron !

I like the way you put it together for sharing here.
Well done !

JP
Thank you very much!

I also post on field herpetology forums. It is quite normal to compose it like this (except for the header).
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Thank you for posting this series, good job.

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Thank you for posting this series, good job.
Thank you for the compliment!
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As with your Bornean pictures this is a great series of photographs, congratulations!
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As with your Bornean pictures this is a great series of photographs, congratulations!
Thank you very much! I think I improved my skills since last year. I have more high quality photos and I think my best is better than my best of last year. I had a lot of practice.
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Fantastic! Thank you !

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Thanks, that's my National Geographic" moment for the day.
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Fantastic! Thank you !
Thanks for the compliment!

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Thanks, that's my National Geographic" moment for the day.
Mentioning NG is a huge compliment
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I just finished part II! This part is about the Zomba Plateau. You can find it here:
Malawi 2015 Part II: Zomba Plateau | RONALD ZIMMERMAN WILDLIFE & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - All images © 2008-2015 Ronald Zimmerman

It is very short. I can not wait to upload the photos of Liwonde NP.

Moloney's White-collared Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis ssp. moloneyi)


Moloney's White-collared Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis ssp. moloneyi)


Variable skink (Trachylepis varia)


Meller's Chameleon (Trioceros melleri)
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Beautiful shots!

You are certainly a man who has the skill to use his gear. I think you would do well with whatever brand you decided to use. Glad you chose Pentax.
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Beautiful shots!

You are certainly a man who has the skill to use his gear. I think you would do well with whatever brand you decided to use. Glad you chose Pentax.
Thank you very much!
Well I am currently on some kind of crossroad. I want to go full frame. I don't need the extra reach that APS-C provides and I really want the extra high ISO power and other full frame advantages. I will decide next spring. By then Pentax might also have an option.
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Malawi 2015 Part III: ‘The Warm Heart Of Liwonde National Park’



It is time to show you the third chapter of my trip to Malawi and Zambia. This time it is about a 'typical Africa experience'. The main story is about reptiles and amphibians.
The full report is on my website. You can find the link here:

Malawi 2015 Part III: ‘The Warm Heart Of Liwonde National Park’ | RONALD ZIMMERMAN WILDLIFE & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - All images © 2008-2015 Ronald Zimmerman

Here is a small selection of photos. In my report there are many more photos.

1. Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)


2. Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)


3. Pel's Fishing Owl (Scotopelia peli)


4. African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)


5. Böhm's Bee-eater (Merops boehmi)


6. Zebra (Equus quagga)


7. African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)


8. African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana)


9. Angola Green Snake (Philothamnus angolensis)


10. Southern Foam Nest Frog (Chiromantis xerampelina)


11. Wahlberg's Striped Skink (Trachylepis wahlbergii)
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cool. I'll check out your links at home. Makes me want to go there.
Nice finishing touch on your pictures! All very subtle...

btw, i always wondered if having a fixed focal on tele (DA300) isn't restricting?
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