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FirstLight Namibia Photo Expedition is complete!

Yellow-billed stork lands on tree in Chobe River, Botswana. Olympus E-M1 40-150mm f2.8 wMC-14 teleconverter

Yellow-billed stork (Mycteria Ibis)  lands on tree in Chobe River, Botswana.                                Olympus E-M1 40-150mm f2.8 wMC-14 teleconverter

Him woman in village near Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Him woman in village near Okahirongo Elephant Lodge                                                                                                                     E-M1   40-150mm f2.8

There are those places that grab you and that you’ll recall at a moments notice. Namibia is one of those places for me. I’d first worked there over 15 years ago, and have been back several times since. Over a year ago I decided to build a FirstLight Photo Expedition there, and we just finished that incredible trip.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe                                                                                            E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Interior of one of the buildings at Kolmanskop E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Interior of one of the buildings at Kolmanskop                                                           E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

A different model than FirstLight has used before, we limited the group size to a total of 6 individuals, as to take advantage of the structure as we were traveling within Namibia via aircraft for the majority of the trip. We actually had two aircraft: a Kodiak to fly our group and a Cessna 210 for the luggage and gear. This proved to be a perfect model, as distances in Namibia are vast and traveling from one location to the other can account for many hours in a 4×4 safari vehicle over very rough roads.

Perez, our awesome guide and some stranger in the background!!

Perez, our awesome guide and some stranger in the background!!

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. E-M1 300mm f4

Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.                                                                           E-M1 300mm f4

We’re working on building the same Namibia Photo Expedition for next year, as well as a Mongolian Photo Expedition in 2017. We will send out a notice for each of these, and the process is the first ones to respond are those who participate.

Heeling Ceremony in Ju/’hoan Bushmen village

Heeling Ceremony in Ju/’hoan Bushmen village                                                    E-M1  17mm f1.8

Healing ceremony, Ju/’hoan Bushmen village E-M1 17mm f1.8

Healing ceremony, Ju/’hoan Bushmen village                                                                     E-M1 17mm f1.8

Deadvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Deadvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park                                                                      E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Ju/’hoan Bushmen village E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Ju/’hoan Bushmen village                                                                                     E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Yellow-billed storks on tree in Chobe River, Botswana E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Yellow-billed storks on tree in Chobe River, Botswana                                   E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Palmwag Concession in Damaraland E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Palmwag Concession in Damaraland                                                              E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Hippo in the Chobe River, Botswana E-M1 300mm f4

Hippo in the Chobe River, Botswana                                                                               E-M1 300mm f4

Elephant cooling off in the Chobe River w/friend E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Elephant cooling off in the Chobe River w/friend                                                        E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Ju/’hoan Bushmen village E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Ju/’hoan Bushmen village                                                                                       E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Sossuslvei, Namib-Naukluft National Park

Sossuslvei, Namib-Naukluft National Park                                                                                                                                           E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Old diamond ghost town of Elizabeth Bay E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Old diamond ghost town of Elizabeth Bay                                                                     E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Full moon rising, Elizabeth Bay E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Full moon rising, Elizabeth Bay                                                                             E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Hunting with Bushman E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Hunting with Bushman                                                                                               E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Bushman squeezing water from root E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Bushman squeezing water from root                                                                         E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Bushman starting fire the natural way E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Bushman starting fire the natural way                                                                          E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Early evening in Ju/’hoan Bushmen village E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Early evening in Ju/’hoan Bushmen village                                                                E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Cessna 210 seen from our Kodiak, flying into Luderitz

Cessna 210 seen from our Kodiak, flying into Luderitz

Impala, Chobe National Park E-M1 300mm f4

Impala, Chobe National Park                                                                                 E-M1         300mm f4

Our group leaving Deadvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Our group leaving Deadvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park                                      E-M1       7-14mm f2.8

Kolmanskop, German diamond mine now a ghost town E-M1 7-14mm f2.8

Kolmanskop, German diamond mine now a ghost town                                  E-M1           7-14mm f2.8

Him woman, near Okahironga Camp E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

Him woman, near Okahironga Camp                                                               E-M1           40-150mm f2.8

anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called snakebird, on Chobe River, Botswana E-M1 300mm f4

anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called snakebird, on Chobe River, Botswana     E-M1 300mm f4

FirstLight Namibia group

FirstLight Namibia group



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