Madikwe Nights

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Madikwe Game Reserve - Gerry van der Walt

Nikon D700, 14mm, 25sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500

Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Low light shooting and star photography is something that seems to come and go as a ‘thing’ to do.

I shot this image early in 2011, a few months before leaving the Madikwe Game Reserve.  At the time I was playing around with images like this as it is great fun, adds a lot to the portfolio from any given trip and, the best of all, it’s easy!!

Yeah, creating images like this is not difficult and something you can do with any decent DSLR on the market today.

A few basic settings, a tripod and you are more than halfway to creating fantastic images of the African night sky.  The missing ingredients?  A warm jacket and one of either a cup of coffee or OBS – your choice!

I’m heading back to Madikwe next week for a few off days and to visit a great photographer and friend, Gavin Tonkinson, so if there is any time to spare between catching up I’m hoping to fire off a few frames at the African night sky again.

It’s been way too long!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Grant Pitcher

    Very cool Gerry. Never be afraid to push your exposure time a big further. I find I get more star detail between 40 – 50s. Looking forward to seeing what you get in your upcoming trip. It’s a great part of SA.

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      Thanks for the comment Grant! Would be quite keen to hear what lens you are shooting with to not get any star movement / trails at 50 seconds! Looking forward to getting back out there! 🙂

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