Today was dedicated to visiting the Singapore Zoo, and the Night Safari, which is located next door to the zoo. We woke up around 9am, and went in search of breakfast. We found a bunch of restaurants on floor B2 inside the Jewel and settled on some Laksa Soup for breakfast. After having our soup, we boarded a 1 hour bus ride towards the zoo, where we then had to switch to the dedicated zoo bus, which only cost $1, and was not covered under our tourist pass.
The Singapore Zoo was opened in 1973 on 69 acres of land. The zoo consists of 2530 animals over 315 species, of which 16 are considered to be a threatened species. This zoo is considered one of the best zoo’s in the world, of which I would agree. Highlights for me included the White Tiger, Pygmy Hippo, Orangutans, and the Hamadryas Baboon’s, who were hilarious because they were always getting into fights.
After exploring the zoo, we walked across the street to the Night Safari, which has a tram and four walking paths to watch nocturnal animals. We found the Night Safari experience to be rather underwhelming, however we were fairly tired, so that may have contributed to that feeling.
After exploring the Night Safari, we took the buses back to our hotel and went to bed at around 10pm, as we had an early morning flight the following morning to Denpasar, Indonesia.
I just finished a seven day Safari organized by GoWay and fulfilled by Sense of Africa. My truck, driven by a fantastic driver named Daniel, had four other Canadians with me from the Toronto area; a retired couple named Brian and Kelly and a young couple named Courtney and Nick.
The trip started out with two days in Samburu National Reserve. Accommodation was at the Serena Samburu Safari Lodge, where we stayed in luxury tents and were woken up with coffee and cookies delivered right to our tent door, followed by breakfast and a game drive. The afternoons were spent relaxing, followed by an evening game drive and a five course dinner.
The third day consisted of driving to Mount Kenya National Park. Accommodation was at the Serena Mountain Lodge, a rustic mountain hotel-lodge in the dense rainforest in Mount Kenya. We had views of the buffalo drinking from the water hole. I saw the occasional owl and hyena. Dinner was a five course meal and breakfast the following day was a five course meal as well as a buffet.
On the fourth day we drove through Lake Nakuru National Park where we saw a few black rhinos and flamingos, before arriving at Serena Lake Elementaita Camp, where we stayed at some ultra luxury permanent tents with rainfall showers. Dinner was a five course meal.
On the fifth day we ate a five course breakfast and drove to the Maasi Mara, with a quick stop at a Maasi village where we were shown the traditional ways of life that the Maasi people live. It was neat to see but left a bad memory when we were separated from each other and pressured into buying things that were supposedly made by hand but clearly mass manufactured. We spent the next two days at the Serena Mara Safari Lodge, a luxurious hotel that resembles something that Antoni Gaudi would have created. We had a morning and evening game drive on both days, and I enjoyed a hippo breakfast on the second day in Mara while the other four completed a somewhat disappointing balloon ride. This time of year the great migration was occurring and we got to see an amazing amount of animals migrating.
On the seventh and final day we ventured 7 hours back to Nairobi. I’m spending the night in the Hilton hotel near the airport before I head to Athena, Greece tomorrow morning.
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Photo editing can vary from a basic filter (think Instagram), to in-depth photo manipulation with software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Photo editing is an art, because its all in the eyes of the photographer. I personally love photo editing. Yeah you can give me the best camera money can buy, or the best lens money can buy, but that can only go so far. Yes I’ll have more performance, but a photograph is made into a polished piece of digital / physical art with good photo editing software.
My software of choice is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. I’m a bit old school, as most people have moved on to Adobe Lightroom. I’ll explain why I’ve stuck with this tried and true method. Adobe Bridge is basically your Windows Explorer for all your photos. I create a folder for my photos in ISO date format (i.e. 2018-01-24 Calgary Zoo). Then I create a subfolder called RAW where I’ll dump all of my photos for that event. I’ll then boot up Adobe Bridge, where I’ll see a preview of all of my photos. I can open each photo I want to edit, apply the corrections, filters, adjustments that I want and then move on to the next. If I want to bulk apply adjustments to a photograph I can right click a photograph, copy settings, and then apply to all that I want to apply to. I find this quite quick and straight forward.
So why did I not move to Adobe Lightroom? Well I find the program pretty clunky, and a ton of real-estate space is taken up with the photo bar at the bottom, and the manipulating of the photo actually takes longer. It also seems to use quite a bit more resources. I’ve honestly given it a good go, but it’s just not for me.
So what kind of results can you get out of Adobe Photoshop? Well take a look at these two photos of a mom and baby gorilla. The first one is the basic image that comes out of the camera when you shoot in RAW… pretty boring and bland right? The second one is an image I spent a few minutes editing, and it really pops in comparison.
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