I’ve just returned from my annual trip to Namibia, having spent the best part of 3 weeks photographing the wildlife, landscape and dark skies. I know this has got nothing to do with Northumberland, but I’m going again next year with a few people from this group. There’s room for a couple more if anyone fancies it. I know that there are a lot of keen wildlife and landscape photographers in the group and this is a chance to get up close and personal with some incredible wildlife. The landscapes are stunning and the dark skies are something we can only dream about here. Guaranteed clear skies and the African sunsets are to die for!

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There’s no need for super big lenses. I see no point in taking huge 500mm f4 things, as the light is so good they would seldom be used at that aperture. You can get really close to the animals so long telephotos are by no means necessary. They can, in fact, be a hindrance if you are trying to take long range shots, as the heat turbulence in the air makes it a waste of time. A 300mm is more than adequate. A wide angle fast lens is useful for night stuff, however.

I’m planning provisionally on doing various venues around the north of the country, where the elephants and other large species live. The south is more desert and fantastic for landscapes, but the distances are great and I don’t want to spend too much time travelling.

Please email me at ian@hiddennorthumberland.co.uk if you are interested and I can let you know details re. probable dates and costs.

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