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2011-09-09 08:47:20
I have located a photograph of Marsel van Oosten, riding in the microlight aircraft he was flying over the Namibian desert, on the very day he photographed these gemsboks. I am uploading this photograph today and it can be seen as 'ultralight aircraft…….' Peasant, I think that your uploaded photograph of Marsel van Oosten's 'Desert Choreography' is one of the very best on Pixdaus in 2011.
2011-07-07 10:34:11
No problem BB, it look strange at the start that those animals are in such environment ( no water or grass ) but then I stumbled on information that is their shelter. They are hiding from big cats and hyenas. Clutches are not designed for hot sand like hooves.
2011-07-07 09:42:07
Thank you for going back and looking this up peasant, very interesting. I didn't even think of an ultralight aircraft, but I should have as the ultralight would operate and lower elevation and lower speed than another aircraft. I had thought the image was probably from Namibia and was correct on that point. It does look as if the oryx were frightened by the sound of the approaching ultralight and had just jumped up and started running seconds before the photo was snapped. Van Oosten, it is an amazing photo image.
2011-07-06 12:02:06
There's also this note: As a wildlife photographer we only have very limited influence on our subjects and the circumstances, and for me that is what makes it so addictive - you never know what you're going to get, and you keep wanting to go back for more and better. For most of the subjects that I shoot, I have the perfect image already inside my head, I just have to try to get it on camera. Knowing your subject and being at the right spot at the right time is part of the work, but unfortunately with wildlife you also have to be incredibly lucky. And lucky I was when I was flying in a microlight over the giant red sand dunes of Sossusvlei during the Namibia Untamed tour. We were heading back to the lodge when I suddenly saw this small herd of oryx running right in front of us on a giant sand dune. I always have two bodies with a 24-70 and 70-200 when I'm in a microlight, because you simply cannot change lenses in an open airplane. I quickly grabbed the D3 with the 70-200 and shot a short burst before we had passed them. It was over in seconds. When I looked at the images back in our camp, I couldn't believe my eyes - the near perfect choreography. I could have never previsualized an image like this, simply because it would seem absurd to think it would be possible. I think it's something like this one: Make sense because it have Cruise Speed of 45 mph.
2011-07-06 11:44:33
Any thoughts on how this photograph was taken, peasant? I was thinking from a hot air balloon as a possibility, but I really wonder about that. Over a desert area, a hot air balloon would only be functional very early in the morning or in the evening (because of the heat). In either case, the animals would be showing longer shadows on the ground. Otherwise, from the air, eg. a plane would have too much air speed or a helicopter to many vibrations to get an image this sharp and clear. What do you think? Did you obtain any more information from your source?
2011-07-06 10:26:22
Tnx BB. Stay cool and don't let those small minds with their egocentric comments to bring you down. CU
2011-07-06 10:06:00
Another great up-load peasant, I am adding to my favorites.