Photo wars.

So I love photography and have been a fan since my first national geographic subscription in 1984.

And I can say without a doubt that digital cameras have saved my friendship with Kris. For example we’d go camping for a weekend and I’d shoot 12 rolls of film (the good stuff too–asa 1200) and get them developed and we’d have 12 pictures of a log in the water and one would be really good so I’d be happy but we always split everything 50-50 so after spending 50 on the trip and 100 for photos of the trip tension sometime arose. Sometimes when I’d be taking photos she’d get annoyed or casually remind me about where else we were going so that I would save film–and that always went over well because I love being reminded about shit I already know. We always figured it out and it was never a huge deal because we always knew what was what but I have to say digital photography absolutely made everything so much nicer.

Now I buy my own sd cards and I take however many pictures I want of logs and monkeys and sunsets and she can pick and choose what she wants and have them developed. I can keep all of them or delete some and get prints of what I want. It’s brilliant.

So far I’ve used up 5 sd cards (2 on monkeys alone) and bought more. I finally bought a digital slr right before the trip and am very happy with what it can do. What’s hilarious/ridiculous is that I still think I have camera envy.

So we are staying on this compound and early in the morning (sunrise) and later in the evening (sunset) we have safari trips around the park. People get in their jeeps with their guide and drive around trying to spot tigers and elephants (everything else is super plentiful). The people we keep running into are crazy amateur photographers with insanely awesome equipment and we keep running around and into each other waiting for the elusive tiger. It’s amazing the camera equipment some of these guys have (all of them).

It’s impressive. I think coming to Corbett is a step or three above going to Yellowstone and staying here is at least 10 steps above because of the cost. It would be what I imagine going golfing in Scotland is to people who like golf. There are very few women and all of the men are serious about their photography and/or jungle excursions.

People race to the jeeps at 600 am from the compound to be the first to get out. All of the jeeps and the guides and drivers are lined up by the exit of the compound ready for their passengers. All of the drivers and guides are from different (competing) safari companies but they gossip and trash talk about their passengers and each other during the many waiting experiences that make up a safari. They even have a separate area they hang out in when not driving/guiding. It’s not designated because the dining hall is for all–they just self select to other areas.

Its hilarious because they trash talk all day long but when in their jeeps they all help each other out with silent signals about where tigers have been spotted and what they’ve seen and what the best places are–because everyone gets tipped the more animals they help you see.

But the photo equipment is impressive. People have mounted tripods to the jeeps and the telephoto lenses are tear worthy. It makes my very awesome camera look like I brought a cell phone camera to a photography convention.

I am not worthy.

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