Meet The New President

The Rangers refer to the Alpha Male of a Chimp family as the President and the second in command as the Deputy. During my last tour to Kibale, I photographed Muguzi on several occasions. He was a very stoic Chimpanzee, totally at ease when were around him. When I arrived this trip, the Rangers told me that we had a new President.

Apparently, this past November (not kidding), Tooti, at young man of 23 years, assumed the role of the President after three long difficult fights with Muguzi (48 years old).

Welcome to your new leadership position, Tooti.

Shooting details: Nikon D5, 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor @ 200mm, ISO 2500, 1/125 sec at f/2.8

#Nikon #Uganda #Wildography


First Report from Kibale National Park, Uganda

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.

#Kibale #Uganda


As you may have noticed, I recently pulled down two FB postings that had to do with political positions on our National Parks and the proposed authorization to release coal tailings into our rivers. While I remain very firm on my beliefs, I simply refuse to be a spring board for comments that serve no purpose except to enrage others.

Time to rise above all of this.

I keep coming back to this photograph I took of a young Novice while leading a photograph trip to Myanmar. His inward reflection and devotion to peace and personal growth spoke to me and every time I look at this image I am reminded of the power of inward reflection.



You may not agree with things going on in our political system. I get it and I fully understand and appreciate your frustration. So here are some thoughts that have helped me move past all of this stuff:

1. President Trump is our president and there is nothing you or I can do about it. I’m not saying you have to like this, I’m just saying it is how it is. Thank you for taking time to vote, regardless of who you voted for. If you did not vote, then IMHO, you should not bring your car to the race track.

2. When you have issue with something our elected officials are proposing, use your energy to contact your elected officials both by phone and mail. Keep your response to the point, factual and professional. My dad told me that when you “kill ‘em with kindness, you will always get their attention.”

3. Spend some time assessing your current personal situation. Re-check your moral compass and live by your integrity. Honor your family and friends by your actions.

4. Take a walk on the wild side and visit somewhere you have never gone before. Give this place a chance to speak to you and find a photograph or just enjoy the view. Tell someone about your adventure and empower them to explore.

5. Read as much as you can and try to find truth. Just remember, the first situation report from the battlefield is always wrong (General Colin Powell, Ret).

6. United we stand, divided we fall.

7. To my friends in other countries, please remember that the United States of America is a resilient country. We have overcome lots of conflicts and will continue to do so. Please continue your faith in us. We will be back shortly and please keep up the humor, from Namibia to Denmark – just love it.

8. To my Saturday Night Live team, keep up the great work. Everyone needs to smile every day.

BACK TO MY PHOTOGRAPHY.  I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I enjoy taking them.

Here Is Looking At You

Here's looking at you and wishing you happy shooting for 2017. Take a look at my photography adventures on my web page and join me along the way. You can find all of the details here:

Shooting with doors off is the only true answer to aerial photography.

Steve Kruger captured this image of me and Jim Guerard shooitng my Hasselblad over the edge of the Napali Coast of Kauai.
Thanks Steve.

Surfs Up

When they say the surf is up, they really mean it. What made for wonderful surfing also made for some great wave photography on the North Shore of Kauai.

Another location that you should not journey to under high surf conditions or high tide is the rocky outreach north of Ke’ee Beach. Again, I undertook this location in hopes of getting some great high wave images, but not without first taking a hard look at the ocean state and weather.

When you look thru the lens and get all excited about the images, you lose any peripheral vision and become myopic. When working along the ocean it is critical to have a spotter observing the waves and watching your back; they are your shooting conscience and your safety net. Hats off to Kat and Roger for their help. Today we will be back to this site with even higher surf after we hike the Kulalau Trail, this time with Steve and Lori. Jim is lost in a sand trap somewhere and Barb well, only Barb knows where she is.

Happy shooting and be careful out there.

Shooting details: Hasselblad H6D50c, HCD 150mm, ISO 100, F/9.5 at 1/800 sec with B+W CP, 1.2 ND, RRS tripod and BH50 head.

#Hasselblad #RRS #Kauai #surf #waves