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About Sandy Wilson

LocationUnited Kingdom

Sandy Wilson's Albums

S Africa Oct 2012 Safari
Safari at Amakhala, NE of Port Elizabeth. Most of the private game reserves in that region were farmland up until relatively recently when farmers grouped together, fenced in vast areas and stocked with the wild life that was there 200 years ago - pre-farming. Parrots and ducks were generally taken at Birds of Eden, Tsitsikamma. Other birds were often a little way off and cropped so the quality is limited. Photos mostly with the Sony A77 and 70-400G.
DPReview place
Birds Misc
Swallow chicks in th e Hen Hilton and the Woodpecker
Wildlife
Miscellaneous wild life around UK
Birds March 2009
Assorted
Kenya Sept 2008 - Rekero - CARNIVORES
Rekero is a tented camp on the Talek river. Service and food is first class, very hospitable and relaxed hosts and, of course, excellent wildlife. Photos using mainly the Sony A700 and Tamron 200-500.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Rekero - HERBIVORES
Rekero is a tented camp on the Talek river. Service and food is first class, very hospitable and relaxed hosts and, of course, excellent wildlife. Photos using mainly the Sony A700 and Tamron 200-500.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Rekero - BIRDS
Rekero is a tented camp on the Talek river. Service and food is first class, very hospitable and relaxed hosts and, of course, excellent wildlife. Photos using mainly the Sony A700 and Tamron 200-500.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Rekero -Scenes, people, misc
Rekero is a tented camp on the Talek river. Service and food is first class, very hospitable and relaxed hosts and, of course, excellent wildlife.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Amboseli ANIMALS
We were in Porini camp which is an 1.5 hour's generally uninspiring drive from Amboseli. Whilst folks were never less than friendly and always wanted to be helpful it didn't always work out. Crying out for a camp manager who could set and obtain high standards. But we enjoyed ourselves.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Amboseli - BIRDS
We were in Porini camp which is an 1.5 hour's generally uninspiring drive from Amboseli. Whilst folks were never less than friendly and always wanted to be helpful it didn't always work out. Crying out for a camp manager who could set and obtain high standards. But we enjoyed ourselves.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Amboseli - People, misc
I usually avoid visits to local villages - artificial, contrived, commercial, etc. But we were advised this was different and it was. The message was, "Please show our way of life to everyone you can." The villagers, though very poor in our terms, were clearly happy and pleased with their lot. Much more contented than I imagine those living around Nairobi.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Laikipia, Borana - Misc
The luxurious and huge mansion just for the two of us!
Kenya Sept 2008 - Tassia lodge
A small camp in Laikipia region and a long way from nowhere. Spectacular scenery though more imited wildlife. We were the only two in the camp (thanks to the problems in Kenya 9 months previously) and had the full attention of our patient and ever helpful hosts. A superb break from the round of game drives in vehicles.
Kenya Sept 2008 - Laikipia, Borana -BIRDS
Kenya Sept 2008 - Laikipia, Borana lodge ANIMALS
Borana is very luxurious and superbly managed. We were allocated a veritable mansion with wonderful views over a large waterhole with plenty of birdlife and regular visits from numerous animals. Careful, it's at 6500 feet so you feel the altitude for a few days.
Harris May 2008
Barra May 2008
Lewis May 2008
Western Isles 2008 May wildlife
Maquipucuna Cloud Forest
A sort of jungle. Lots of birds, often hidden, often small and a fair way off - making photos difficult. The nearest we came to seeing animals was footprints. The lodge took very good care of us. Photos with the KM5D, Tamron 200-500 for telephoto. Tamron 24-135 for most others. I used a monopod a lot of the time but still had problems of focus and stopping shake.
Quito
Capital of Ecuador. High - 2000m so the altitude has effects. Not a great deal to see but you can travel to cloud forest lodges, volcanoes and national parks - some as day trips.
North Seymour
Santa Fe
Santa Cruz
Espanola Gardner Bay
Espanola Puntas Suarez
Floreana
Isabella Punto Moreno
Isabella Bahia Elisabeth
Fernandina Bahia Urbina
Fernandina Punta Espinosa
Santiago Puerto Egas
Bartholome
Santa Cruz Black Turtle Bay
Santiago Chinese Hat
Genovesa
Santa Cruz last day
Galapagos Pictures by Barry Broadbent
Galapagos itinerary
A map of the islands with our route. I'm not sure all of it is precisely accurate eg whether we went clockwise or anti-clockwise around Santiago to Santa Cruz. Ten days and 599 miles.
Otavalo and Cuicoccha Lake
Leopards in S Africa
The leopard is said to be elusive and nocturnal, but we were fortunate to come across several in a short safari - and they were perfectly happy to be active in the daytime. Like, many animals they take little notice of Landrovers, so we were within just a few metres of them at times. Indeed, as you might see,one almost dropped its prey (and itself) into the vehicle! Beautiful animals. Photos using a Sony f505. Unmodified.
Uzbekistan with the P1
Antelope in S Africa
A range of species - kudu, impala, nyala, waterbuck, etc
Elephants in S Africa
Lots around, frighteningly destructive of the habitat as well. Whilst easy to photograph, it is also difficult to get the exposure right, particularly if ther is glare from dried grassland. All photos with Sony f505 and unaltered.
Lions in S Africa
They look so peaceful. One could just hop out of the Landrover and tickle them. But we were advised not to - penalty - being a lion's snack.
Safari in S Africa
A selection of animals.
Scenery in S Africa
Pictures of coast mainly from the SE coast and Cape of Good Hope area. Those of mountains from the winelands and travelling towards Cape Town. Some are from a moving train or car.
Safari 2003 Animals
A selection of the numerous animals seen. Taken with a Minolta Dimage 7i, often with the TCON17 1.7x teleconverter. Some images are cropped, but no other modifications have ben made.
Safari 2003 Bird life
Pictures taken in Namibia and Botswana with a Minolta 7i. Most (probably all) used the Olympus TCON17 teleconverter and have been cropped. No colour adjustments have been made. I have tried to name the birds, but I am no expert so please forgive errors.
Safari 2003 Assortment
A selection of pictures from Namibia (including the Himba tribe), Botswana and Zambia (including the Victoria Falls). Using the Minolta 7i.
Tanzania with Panasonic FZ20
On safari in Tanzania - Ndutu, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. Full of wild life. March 2005. Photos using the Panasonic FZ20 except for a couple of scenes (prefix DCF) with a Minolta 7i.
St Petersburg
A visit to St Petersburg, May 2004. Spectacular palaces on a huge scale with magnificent restoration and more gold leaf than you can believe. Photos were all hand held and few were with flash - to stop reflections and flash is not kind to decor and paintings anyway. Camera- Minolta 7i.
Summer Palace
Summer Palace at Peterhof - about 25Km from St Petersburg. Spectacular fountains, gold leaf everywhere. We were lucky, the sun was out and the fountains were working (they aren't on in May if the weather is poor). Hand held using 7i.
St Petersburg - Hermitage
The enornous gallery and museum on the banks of the river Neva in St Petersburg. Takes your breath away.
East Lothian sunsets
I have picturres of sunsets over the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and in the bush of southern Africa but East Lothian stands up well.
Louis Bisset
Louis was born 10.01am on 27 June 2007 weighing 5lbs 14oz.
Mya Bisset from Aug 2006
Madagascar - Birds
Pictures were with the Panasonic FZ20, mostly hand held. Some with the TCON17. Lots of unusual species - just wish my photographic abilities were better!
Madascar Reptiles and Amphibians
Pictures mostly with the Panasonic FZ20. Chameleons vary from a foot or two long to a couple of inches (adult size) and can be very colourful - as are some of the lizards.
Madagascar Creepy Crawlies
Panasonic FZ20 - which isn't at its best taking small beasties in dim light! Some real weirdies like the Assasin bug and the Giraffe weevil!
Madagascar Scenery
Panasonic FZ20 and Minolta 7i. Some spectacular scenery. We drove through rice paddies carved out of hillsides but couldn't stop for photos. A pity, the golden hour was upon us and it was marvellous - greens, browns in golden light. A decent photographer would have a field day.
Madagascar Lemurs
Panasonic FZ20. These animals vary in size from about 30 g to several Kg. Different species are in different parts of the island. The Hairy eared dwarf lemur picture is by our local guide, Hery. It's been formally recorded on undeer 10 occasions - so viewers deserve a better picture than mine turned out.
Madagascar Sifaka
Panasonic FZ20. Sifaka are the most athletic lemurs - beautiful and elegant,
India - Agra
The Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri
India - Bandhavgarh
A national park with good tiger viewing and a good assortment of other wildlife.
India - Delhi
You wouldn't beleive the traffic, Paris, Rome, Cairo, Bangkok don't come into the reckoning!
India - Jaipur
The pink city.
India - Kanha
A wildlife park.
India - Kaziranga
A wild life park in Assam with plenty of rhinos and high, high elephant grass.
India - Pench
A wild life park in Panna
Scenery, art and gardens around Nice
A variety of galleries, locations and the wonderful garden of Ephrussi de Rothschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat. June 2006
Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild
A spectacular and immaculate garden with areas such as Provencal, Japanese, Rose, Spanish, Florentine, exocitc, etc. Views over the bays close to Nice.
Tamron 200-500 Sony 70-200 +/-TC
Comparing the Tamron 200-500 with the Sony 70-200G with and without Sony 2xTC. Taken with the A700 with (cheap) tripod, SSS on, crops of the centre areas. Results are similar to other tests with these lenses
KM5D with Sigma 70-300, Beercan and TC
Lens test. Sigma 70-300 DG APO Macro. Beercan Minolta 70-210. Both at maximum zoom. Kenko 1.4 Pro300DG teleconverter. nb Beercan had scratches and marks on lens. Pictures at various apertures.
Olympus TCON 17, 1.7x teleconverter
Sample pictures of the TCON 17 with the Dimage 7i. Unless otherwise stated, photos were taken at full zoom (200 mm) and with the TCON 17 attached. It clearly vignettes, but it is still eminently usable. There is a difference between using at f3.5 and at f9.5 but it's not huge. Shorter focal lengths vignette more. Several pictures were taken with a uv filter (Hoya Super HMC Pro1) in place - which makes little difference. I used a tripod and remote release except for those of the cockerel and the sky which were handheld. I have just added small crops of the centre and edge of full sized images to allow better comparison of resolution etc.
Pau Pau's Funeral in Malvern
Pictures of flowers and people, also of the Priory
Courtenay and Anna
Wedding of Courtenay and Anna at Wroxall Abbey. 3 Dec 2005.
Dinner for James Wild and Judith Yao
James and Judith were married in Chelsea registry office on 31 Jan 2004. On the night before, Jim kindly hosted an excellent dinner at Rules restaurant in Covent Garden. These are a selection of pictures (reduced in quality so they do not take forever to download).
The wedding of Judith and James
The ceremony was at Chelsea Registry Office on a dreich day, but spirits and humour rose above the inclement weather. Some photos from Nean, some from Sandy. All in reduced quality to save downloading time.
Miscellaneous