2011 – January – African Photo Safari Newsletter

Renner Safaris
Dream, Explore, Discover!

Renner Safaris would like to thank each of our clients that joined us on a photo safari or workshop in 2010. It was a was a tremendous year for our African photo safaris. This year we are excited to have three safaris to both Kenya and Tanzania and two safaris to Botswana. The first safari will also include three nights in lower Zambezi National Park and both will include visits to the mighty Victoria Falls. We will also be leading another Gorilla Trek this coming September. 2011 is shaping up to be another exciting year.

Leopard
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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Newsletter Highlights:

Botswana and Zambia May 14 – 26, 2011 The trip had been sold out since last April but due to a cancelation, a room for two has become available. Contact me immediately if Interested.
Kenya and Tanzania – August 29 – September 14, 2011 (New Itinerary this year)
Rwanda Gorilla Trek – September 14 -19, 2011
Photos from our African photo safaris in 2010

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Giant Silverback
Canon EOS-1 D Mark 111, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

Along with our usual safaris to Kenya and Tanzania, we led a trek to the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. I will never forget my first visit with a gorilla family. I was standing only a few yards from a giant silverback when his curious baby came up and playfully looked me in the eye as though wanting me to play with him. Then he curled up into a ball and rolled down the hill. While the babies played, the parents feasted on sumptuous rainforest vegetation. They would give us an occasional glance and seemed to know we were not there to harm them. After all man has done to them, the fact that they willingly shared their world with us, was a very moving experience for me.

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Baby Mountain Gorilla
Canon EOS-1 D Mark 111, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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A group of young dancers in Rwanda, proudly performing dances from their colorful ancestral heritage.

Rwandan Dancer
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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It is a calm, quiet morning in the Mara. As the golden glow from the rising sun creeps across the plains, a herd of zebra and wildebeest graze contently on red oat grass.

Peaceful Morning
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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Hey Stripes, did you hear the one about the lion that walked into a bar?…
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

Don’t miss the thrill of being on one of my safaris just because you aren’t a photographer or you don’t use a “great camera.” If you enjoy wildlife you will love these safaris and more than likely you will come home with some great photos too!

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This could be you on safari! Imagine having to wait as an elephant crossed the road in front of your vehicle. It’s astonishing that such a large animal can move so silently, even when just a few feet away. It is a thrilling experience to witness the grace and power of elephants up close. We have learned to share the road with elephants. They have the right of way!

Elephant in the Road
Canon EOS-1 D Mark 111, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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African Photo Safaris In 2012

Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Birthing Season for Migration Jan. 28 – Feb.13, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Botswana and Zambia 16 Days May 10 – 22, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 18 Days Season for Mara River Crossings July 18 Aug.4, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Tanzania and Kenya – 17 Days Season for Mara River Crossings Aug. 27 – Sept. 12, 2012 Itinerary and Pricing
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Sept. 12 – 17, 2012 Itinerary and pricing coming Soon*

On our safaris we stay in first class luxury lodges or luxury permanent tented camps. In Kenya and Tanzania we have a maximum of three passengers per vehicle. This allows plenty of space for you and your equipment during game drives and also the advantage of being able to watch and/or photograph the animals until you are satisfied.

Our safaris are selling well. To avoid disappointment, make your reservations today. To reserve your space on our photo safaris, please call Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136, or email him at paulrenner3@cox.net.
You can also call Prem Sharma at Somak Safaris (800) 757- 6625.

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Important information about our African photo safaris:

Prices for our safaris to Kenya and Tanzania include airfare from LAX – most other companies do not include airfare.
• We have only three passengers per nine passenger safari vehicle. You will enjoy
plenty of space for you and your equipment!
• We stay in luxury safari lodges.
• You do not have to be a photographer but you must enjoy watching the wildlife
because that is what we do!
• I will be there to photograph with you and available to answer your questions.
Parks we visit on our African safaris.
I hope you will join me for an African Safari; your adventure of a lifetime! For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

To reserve your space on a safari, please call
Paul Renner at (949) 295-3136, or
email him at paulrenner3@cox.net
or call Prem Sharma at Somak Safaris (800) 757-6625

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On our Safaris we stay in luxury lodges and permanent tented camps.
For information and photos of the lodges and accommodations click here.

 

More Important Safari Information:

We have only three passengers per nine passenger vehicle giving you plenty of space for you and your photo equipment. You can photograph through windows on BOTH sides of the vehicle and also from the top, which pops up to create shade so you are protected from the hot, equatorial sun. Compared to other tours that pack the vans with up to eight people, this is a huge deal! Our African photo safaris are limited to eighteen people, including the leaders.

As we leave the lodges, the vehicles separate and spread out. This allows us to have up to six guides out looking for wildlife. They each have radios to share what they find. This way no one misses out on seeing the wildlife! With six great guides, you can hardly believe all of the wildlife they find. We have trained them to understand lighting, composition and what we are trying to achieve. Our guides are awesome!

Our safaris are designed for the ultimate photographic experience, however please don’t be intimidated out enjoying one my photo safaris just because you are not a photographer or you don’t use a “great camera.” If you enjoy wildlife you will love these safaris and more than likely you’ll come home with some great photos too!

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African Bird life is nothing short of spectacular.

Flamingos In Early Morning Fog
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF400mm, f/5.6L USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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When photographing animals such as lions or leopards up in trees, when possible, try to get a solid background behind the subject. Even though I like the pose of the lion, I find the white sky showing through the limbs to be very distracting. When a subject, such as this lioness is darker than the background, be sure to check your exposure to determine whether or not you need to increase the exposure time to get the correct lighting for the subject. In this case, I overexposed the photo by +2/3, to keep the lion from becoming too dark.

Lioness in Tree
Canon EOS 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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My favorite times of day to photograph cheetahs are a few minutes after sunrise and a few minutes before sunset. The sun is low on the horizon and can best cast light into the eyes creating the desired catch- light. A cheetah’s eyes are recessed so when photographed during the brightest part of the day their eyes tend to look dark or even black instead of a beautiful, rich golden brown.

Cheetah at First Light
Canon 7D, Lens: EF100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

Don’t miss the thrill of going on one of my safaris just because you aren’t a photographer or you don’t use a “great camera.” If you enjoy wildlife you will love these safaris and more than likely you will come home with some great photos too!

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A safari to Kenya and Tanzania is not complete without seeing and experiencing the great migration. On our February safaris, we find the migration in Tanzania for their birthing season. It is a three to four week period when the females give birth to thousands of baby wildebeest filling the plains with new life.

Inquisitive Wildebeest
Canon 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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We also follow the migration again in July and September. At these times the herds move north into Kenya, where we hope to see them swarming across the Mara River. This is one of the most exciting events nature has to offer! Driven by their migratory instincts, even though fearful of crocodiles and other dangers hidden below the surface, thousands of animals leap franticly from the river banks into the muddy water to continue their journey through the Masai Mara on their return trip to Tanzania.

Crossing the Mara River
Canon 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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Upon reaching the far shore, the herds do their best to scramble up the banks. With so many animals soaking wet and dripping water, the ground beneath them quickly becomes saturated and extremely slippery and treacherous. After crossing, they surge forward moving and up over the steep banks to relative safety and regroup the herd to continue their onward journey.

Scrambling Wildebeest
Canon 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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If you have dreamed of going on an African safari or would like to see nature at her finest, then consider joining one of my safaris for the experience of a lifetime! Why not turn your dreams into reality this year? Don’t miss out on the opportunity.

Playtime’s Over
Canon 7D, Lens: EF 100-400mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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Africa is well known for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Each day we begin our morning game drive before sunrise. On our afternoon game drives, we return to the lodge just after sunset. This gives us the best opportunities to photograph this breathtaking beauty.

Storm in the Mara
Canon 7D, Lens: 18 -135mm, f4.5/5.6 ISL USM
Copyright: Paul Renner, 2010

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Our African photo safaris are the trip of a lifetime! I am so thankful to have been born and grown up in East Africa. Now that I am able to take people with me and share what I know about photography along with my personal experiences of Africa, I am thrilled so many clients return and say to me “that was the best trip I have ever been on” or “thank you for the vacation of a lifetime! I want to go again soon!”

I hope you will be able to join me on an African photo safari soon. It will be your trip of a lifetime! Why not in sign up now?

For more information, prices and itineraries click here.

Enjoy each day.
Paul

Paul Renner
paulrenner3@cox.net
www.rennersafaris.com

 

 

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