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My thoughts on various photographic subjects #onsafariwithnickdale #wildlifephotography #photography
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I held my latest wildlife photography workshop at the London Wetland Centre this morning in association with Handmade Workshops. We had five people, and it was very enjoyable—I hope for them as well as me!


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The African buffalo is so dangerous that it’s been called ‘Black Death’, and it’s responsible for killing around 200 people a year in Africa. The fact that it’s so dangerous is one of the reasons why trophy hunters added it to the list of the Big Five, alongside the lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. #africanbuffalo #buffalo #capebuffalo
Lions like to sleep. And they do it a LOT - around 20 to 22 hours a day, in fact. This can be a bit frustrating if you happen to be a wildlife photographer, but it’s worth the effort! #lionfacts #lionfactsforkids
Abdim's stork


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"Well, that's the last time I'm flying Kingfisher!" Nick Odermatt
Submission Review - Nick Dale Photography
Eddie the Penguin: 2,397 downloads


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I recently became an affiliate for Skylum’s Luminar Neo. This is post-processing software similar to Lightroom, and I thought I’d try it out to see what it was like.
Photographs are flat, 2D images, but how can you make them appear three-dimensional? Inspired by a couple of videos by Matt Kloskowski and Steve Perry, here are a few Lightroom tricks to create depth by separating your subject from the background.
Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein thinks I take too many pictures, and it’s probably true. I once took over 38,000 shots of seabirds on a cruise ship one afternoon in Antarctica! Personally, I blame my Sony a1’s high frame rate—I mean, what’s a poor photographer to do…?! #Lightroom #bulkediting #onsafariwithnickdale


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I used to have a Benro GH5C gimbal head, but I swapped it for a Gitzo GHFG1. If you want to find out why, read on…
One of the great frustrations of owning a camera is that the different mounts aren’t compatible. You can’t simply buy the best camera body and the best lenses because they might not fit together! However, you might be able to get a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card if you’re considering switching from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera. Here’s a guide to your best strategy. #sonya1 #sony #NikonZ9 #Nikon #mirrorless #mirrorlesscameras #sonyvnikon #a1vz9 #cameras
If you’re a photographer thinking about switching to mirrorless, I just thought it might be useful to read about someone else’s experience doing the same thing. I used to have an extensive collection of Nikon camera bodies, lenses and accessories, including a D850. However, I switched to the Sony mirrorless system last year, and I now have two Sony a1 cameras. #sony #sonya1 #d850 #d850nikon #nikon #onsafariwithnickdale


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⁣Matt Kloskowski once said there was no such thing as a professional wildlife photographer. That’s not quite true, but it is very hard to make a full-time living from it. So what are you supposed to do when you’re not on a shoot?
I’ve decided to use my first blog post of 2023 to be a nag! Apologies in advance, but I just thought it was worth reminding you to keep your metadata up-to-date. Not everyone is going to be as OCD as I am, but that’s as good a reason as any for this article…
Sometimes as a photographer, you need to make a difficult decision: do you want to take a good shot or a great shot? There’s a big difference, and it affects your whole approach. Backlighting is a good example.

Hints and tips

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I had quite a quiet 2022 in terms of trips, but I’d like to go on a few more this year. Visiting Muchenje a couple of times was very enjoyable, but I’m looking for a bit more variety. I already have two trips planned, one to Kerkini in Greece to see the Dalmation pelicans and one to Bandhavgarh in India to see the tigers, and there might be more on the way. We shall see.
Elephants, leopards, wild dogs, roan and sable antelopes, lions attacking a baby elephant, boat rides, lovely people, another beef Wellington, but problems with my camera and not as many bee-eaters as I’d hoped. That was the story of my second trip to Muchenje Safari Lodge in Botswana—this time in the dry season. #muchenje #chobe #botswana #onsafariwithnickdale
I don’t get out much these days, so when my friend Jason invited me to Goodwood Revival, I was delighted to accept. He sorted everything out, so all I needed to do was enjoy a slap-up breakfast at The Kennels, take pictures of all the classic cars and enjoy the sunshine! #Goodwood #Revival #cars #classiccars


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This is my last blog post of 2022, so I thought I'd give you a quick recap of what I got up to during the last 12 months.
Wildlife as you've never seen it before...
Grevy's zebra watercolour


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