With internet being very limited during this trip, this is my first posting on this trip. I’ll try as best I can to keep things moving along as the internet becomes available.
We started our trip in Uganda for three exciting full days of Chimpanzee trekking and photography. Basing out of our incredible lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, we had many an early morning to get us into the Kibale National Park shortly after sunrise.
Kibale is home to the largest population of Chimpanzees in Africa. The drought this year has been especially harsh reducing much of the food supply. As a result, the Chimpanzees were seldom in large groups, and we usually photographed them in groups of less than 6. The drought conditions also make for some seriously long hikes before we made contact.
The image below was our first chimp on our first day. When photographing deep in the jungle, it is often better to let the highlights blow out and work to expose the shadows in a manner that will preserve the details.
Shooting details: Nikon D5, 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6 @ 1/500 sec.