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Back from the Pantanal

Posted by campossallesfotografia on 22 de June de 2010

Hi guys, I’m now back at the office from the first Pantanal photo tour this year. It was success, a great group and we all got some excellent shots. I will be posting some pics on the following days and I’m already couting the days for our second tour in September. There’s one last spot for this trip, so contact me if you have interest!

D700, Nikkor 600mm f/4, 1/60 @ f/8, ISO 200

The caiman pic above was done after an early morning of searching for Giant River Otters. We did see them but because of the fact that they were with a newly born baby, they were much more wary than usual and would not tolerate an approach. By september they should much more confinding and getting good pics should be no problem. On this morning we did get some great shots of a feeding Neotropical Otter though, which is often more difficult to find them their giant counterparts.

But anyway, back to the caiman above. We stopped at this nice fine sand beach for an “in the field” breakfast. Soon a couple caimans approached and I noticed how the trees were reflecting nicely on the water. I quickly set my tripod and lowered my ISO to 200 to drop my shutter speed to 1/80, enough to capture a bit of the river water flowing alongside the caimans head, creating a quite nice pattern. Photo done, back to the cakes, home-made breads and fresh juices.


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