I just posted a new infrared panorama that I created on my last safari to Tanzania. You can see it directly by clicking here or from the link in my Panoramas gallery.
The image is one of my favorite views in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The Tarangire River winds below you with trees extending beyond that to the horizon including many of the baobabs for which Tarangire is famous. The dramatic clouds that day gave our group the big Africa sky we had hoped for.
I stitched the panorama in Photoshop from 6 separate images made with a DSLR I had modified to make infrared images. I then shared the image using a plugin I wrote for Adobe Lightroom that creates a mashup with Google Maps and image tiles that I provide.
My new photo safari in October 2013 is now ready for sign ups (and there is a discount if you sign up before May 1st)! It’s a 10-night safari that hits the best locations in Tanzania’s northern circuit:
We start with 3 nights at a camp within Tarangire National Park. Tarangire does not have the name recognition that the Serengeti does but that just means fewer crowds. It is one of my favorite locations and I always come away with great images. It is full of beautiful landscapes and at this time of year is full of wildlife.
We then spend 3 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater – an ancient caldera considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Crater is teeming with herd animals, birds, and of course, predators! On my last trip, we saw a pride of lions feasting on a freshly killed buffalo, sparring with jackals who wanted a piece of the prize.
After the amazing photographic opportunity of visiting a Maasai boma, we finish the trip with 3 nights in the legendary Serengeti. Our camp is in the midst of the kopjes – granite outcroppings that provide shade and views of the plains to the local cats.
I’m happy to announce today that I’ve partnered with Hunt’s Photo & Video, New England’s largest retailer of photo, video, and digital imaging products. I’ve been a happy customer for 15 years and now all of my clients receive nice discounts on useful software, accessories, etc. (link). They serve photographers of all interests and abilities with a huge inventory of products, competitive prices, knowledgeable sales people, and exceptional customer service.
Here’s the big announcement recently sent out over email:
I’m excited to announce the launch of my newest adventure: Dave Burns Photo Tours. This is an opportunity to share my love of adventure travel with other photographers, from aspiring to pro. My safari tours are different from most safaris out there because they are designed especially for photography. I’ve put a lot of thought and planning into it and my trips have unique features that cater to people who want a better experience. For example, a professional photographer guide, extra room in the vehicles with unobstructed views, access to power throughout the trip, etc. If you want more details on the differences, see my web-site below.
I can also run a private tour for a group to customize the experience. My standard itinerary is an outstanding value but if you want things like ultra-luxury private camps and flying from park to park instead of driving, I can work with you to design your dream safari.
My primary way of getting the news out is word-of-mouth so please forward this note along to anyone and everyone you think might be interested.