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Butterfly Duet by Okavanga Butterfly Duet :iconokavanga:Okavanga 40 10 Butterfly Duet Plus One! by Okavanga Butterfly Duet Plus One! :iconokavanga:Okavanga 20 8 Lonesome Butterfly by Okavanga Lonesome Butterfly :iconokavanga:Okavanga 23 17 Feeding Bee by Okavanga Feeding Bee :iconokavanga:Okavanga 24 12 Feeding Bees by Okavanga Feeding Bees :iconokavanga:Okavanga 46 21 The Cool Dudes by Okavanga The Cool Dudes :iconokavanga:Okavanga 19 9 Impunga by Okavanga Impunga :iconokavanga:Okavanga 14 7 Musa by Okavanga Musa :iconokavanga:Okavanga 18 4 Sunset, Lake Sibaya by Okavanga Sunset, Lake Sibaya :iconokavanga:Okavanga 60 24 Sunrise, Rhino Ridge by Okavanga Sunrise, Rhino Ridge :iconokavanga:Okavanga 83 31 High Country, Rhino Ridge by Okavanga High Country, Rhino Ridge :iconokavanga:Okavanga 46 14 Weary Hikers, Montusi Grasslands by Okavanga Weary Hikers, Montusi Grasslands :iconokavanga:Okavanga 30 4 Mountains, Montusi by Okavanga Mountains, Montusi :iconokavanga:Okavanga 73 19 Rock Outcrop, Drakensbergs by Okavanga Rock Outcrop, Drakensbergs :iconokavanga:Okavanga 50 17 Drakensbergs Monochrome 1 by Okavanga Drakensbergs Monochrome 1 :iconokavanga:Okavanga 41 17 Drakensbergs Monochrome 2 by Okavanga Drakensbergs Monochrome 2 :iconokavanga:Okavanga 33 6

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Cathedral-silhoutte by mikeloveridge Cathedral-silhoutte :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 2 3 Evening-on-the-river by mikeloveridge Evening-on-the-river :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 1 3 Water-and-reed by mikeloveridge Water-and-reed :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 1 3 Mountain-trees-reeds by mikeloveridge Mountain-trees-reeds :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 4 3
13 may
one month ago, 13 april, my wife/lover and companion was taken from me. the intervening time has been spent trying to make sense of it all.
i have also seen the marriage of my eldest son,lee, to the love of his life, pamela.
further i have just started a new career as a reading therapist.
my youngest son. kyle, is keeping the house running smoothly, and together we have conquered the washing machine and are taking up the challenge of the steam iron.
luckily both of us can cook.
because of my bass playing i have the support of two church parishes (st elizabeth, in westville and st thomas in musgrave. both of which are in the greater durban area ), without them i would be in a very sorry state.
also i am repainting the house with a view to sell and maybe relocate back to the uk, first having to sort through 40plus years of collected "stuff". something i can't face right now.
so please forgive any tardiness in my replies/comments on your inspiring images. viewing them(when i get the time)
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On-top-of-the-world by mikeloveridge On-top-of-the-world :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 3 1 Pam by mikeloveridge Pam :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 2 0 Just-married by mikeloveridge Just-married :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 2 5 White-picket-fence by mikeloveridge White-picket-fence :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 1 0 Umhlanga-morning by mikeloveridge Umhlanga-morning :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 3 0 Viking-blood by mikeloveridge Viking-blood :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 2 4 Beautiful-dreamer by mikeloveridge Beautiful-dreamer :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 2 4 Michele's-ring by mikeloveridge Michele's-ring :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 4 2 Mona Lisa Smile by mikeloveridge Mona Lisa Smile :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 1 8 delicate rose by mikeloveridge delicate rose :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 4 3 giant's castle impression by mikeloveridge giant's castle impression :iconmikeloveridge:mikeloveridge 4 3


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Some Recent Journals Mentioning My Work

SuperGroup Feature - OkavangaHi everyone! Hi!
I have been a bit behind in posting this SuperGroup feature journals.
This past couple of weeks I was studying for two exams. In search for answers 
One of which covered material from this past (and final) semester over the summer.
And the other one, big exam, covering 3 years worth of nursing information.
But! The good news is that earlier today I got my results back! :omgomg: 
Annddd... I can officially call myself a Registered Nurse! :nurse: v2
With that being said, for this week we will be featuring Okavanga!

Tom 6 by OkavangaSquiggles by Okavanga
Fav Feature vol 69Hello!
It's time for a new issue of Fav Feature - a feature of subjective favorites from past couple weeks Dancing :la:

That Summertime Feeling by mybuttercupart
Australian Wreath by oxpeckerToucan by KandusJohnson
Have a lovely day! :love: 

Summer RainI love rain 
on a hot summers days
to freshen things up
and keep everything green



 Walking in the Rain by Quantum-Artist
 Dance within your mind by dashakern
 SAD by calincio Rainy day by ARiA-Illustration 
Nice rainy day with Edrac by CardeApp
Struck By Lightning by stefangrosjean Unbidden Solitude by Dreamfollower <
DA's Chronicle - March 2017At the middle of each month, we will honour one journalist, that has been suggested by fellow deviants, to be highlighted in DA's Chronicle.
Born out of the idea to give journal features a DD and to award journalists who created their journals themselves with their own ideas, texts, art, this monthly journal will focus on this special kind of artists:

DA's Chronicle
Appreciating Journalists


"Okavanga usually invites his readers to beautiful African Safari trips with breath-taking photographies. Apart from these he designs interesting tutorials, made in his surroundings of gorgeous Scottish landscape and at the bottom of this journal the reader will meet "The KIng, HR

bright and colourful III 
A small selection from my "Photography" favourites!

Meditative by Althytrion        Daylily Trio by MYPeanutGallery       
Leguan by UdoChristmann               

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PLZ accounts…

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wikipedia entry… A MUST READ, especially the history!!!

deviantArt web analysis… analysis…

web stats…

Group Management Tutorial

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Club Maintenance

Page Layout Tutorial

Bryce Info and Tuts

Horo re Bryce…

Dimiter Tutorials re Bryce…

Conceptualize3D re Bryce

Riddler Bryce Tutorial…

GR3Z tutorials re Bryce

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INFRARED STUFF Compiled from my researches and those of Colinbm1

*** Sigma adapter…

*** Advanced Camera Services…
***MaxMax re conversions and data
*** Sigma SD1 and SD15 IR…

*** LifePixel - conversions and filters…

Flickr Digital Infrared Group…

Flickr Digital Infrared Group Catalogue of Techniques by Oldoinyo…

Canon EOS 350D IR Conversion and Spectral Response Curves…

A "must read" by Bjorn Rorslett IR/UV link…

digital photography for what its worth

Canon camera profiling using Lightroom (adaptable to most other photo-editing software) -…

Enrico Savazzi - another "must read"…

Hoya Optics Technical Data -…

Infrared Atelier

David Twede Surreal Colour


Foveon Sensor Papers…

Pulse (?) Infrared…

Camera conversions and other stuff - good

IR Spectral Response paper -

Sigma Camera Info

adaptor M42…

swapping tele converter ends…?

tele converter…

The Young Ones - Arwen by Okavanga The Young Ones - Big Ears by Okavanga…

The Final Flourish

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 7, 2018, 11:22 PM
Alas, I am bringing my photo essays from my recent visit to KwaZulu Natal to a close with this miscellany of a feature. I wish to thank the hundreds of DA members who have looked at, faved and commented upon these features and their photographs. Your support has been very much appreciated and helps me further develop such skills as I possess. We have travelled a long way in these features from the Indian Ocean through the bush lands of the interior with their rich wildlife to the Drakensbergs, those most magnificent of mountains. Along the way we have seen such delightful creatures as the Samango monkeys and the graceful impala, some dangerous bozos such as the Dugga Boy and the randy rhino, and a myriad of fantastic birds including the African Hoopoe, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Birchell's Coucal and a favourite of mine, the Cape Batis. In this journal, I am featuring some insects and then, unusually for me, some important people.

As mentioned in my Samango Monkey Journal Samango I was taken ill with food poisoning while staying at the Thonga Beach Resort on the Indian Ocean coast. I sat, with manly stoicism, on the decking of our cabin and managed to snap that troop of monkeys as they passed by in the arboreal canopy. In addition, I noticed a large number of butterflies flitting about and I spotted what I thought to be a fluttering leaf high on a tree about 15-20 metres from where I was sitting. I snapped this more or less for fun to see how good my lens was, then found to my delight that I had captured a butterfly - first image below. But, on closer inspection of the LCD screen on my camera I saw that this was not one, but two butterflies, as clearly seen in the cropped image below. I know next to nothing about butterflies, not even what species this is. Nor do I definitely know what they are doing. Possibly, this is to do with reproduction, the "soixante-neuf" of the butterfly world or it may be to do with one butterfly protecting the other from the Sun.  In any event, they had been hanging there for about 20 minutes when another butterfly comes along, second and third images. This newcomer had been damaged as seen in the torn wing. It proceeded to try to insert itself between the other two, an advance resisted by the original pair. Eventually, they disentangled themselves and flew off, leaving the newcomer behind.

Butterfly Duet by Okavanga

Butterfly Duet Plus One! by Okavanga Lonesome Butterfly by Okavanga

Photographically, what is amazing is how the lens has focused and caught these creatures, so small and so distant, with such clarity and detail. I used a fast shutter speed, 1/1000 s, the best aperture of f/ 8, and let the ISO value take care of itself. The camera and lens was handheld and the lens, a Canon 100-400 mm IS L-series zoom, was equipped with a 1.4* extender to give a total focal length of 560 mm. Fortunately, there was sufficient light such that ISO noise was minimal.

Another feature of this lens is that it can focus down to just over 1 metre, acting then as a close-up lens. Here are a couple of shots with the lens acting in this capacity of bees on a type of aloe plant, feasting on nectar. Again, a fast shutter speed is needed and some skill on keeping the subjects in focus, but some remarkable detail has been captured - the veining in the wings, and the hairs on the body. The lens falls just short of resolving the myriad of facets in the eyes of these insects, details that a macro lens would capture. But, then trying to get near enough with a macro would be difficult.

Feeding Bee by Okavanga  Feeding Bees by Okavanga

Finally, here are some important people without whom my visits to KwaZulu Natal over the years would not have been so successful. On the left of this shot is Mike Loveridge mikeloveridge from whom I have learnt so much about photography, cameras, lenses and KwaZulu Natal. On the right is Henry fotoponono whose Zulu wisdom has been the subject on many an exciting discussion between us, whose photographic skills should be better known here on DA - so go visit right now - and whose grizzled beard has earned him the title of Impunga (Google and ye shall find.) In the centre is Musa, the grandson of Henry. Although still a lad, Musa has already become a photographer under the tutelage of Henry. And it is with Musa as the future of South Africa that I finish.

The Cool Dudes by Okavanga  Impunga by Okavanga 

 Musa by Okavanga

Best Wishes to all and many thanks once again for all your support.

David aka Okavanga :iconokavanga:

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Journal History


340 deviations
Favorites of the Month ... October 2018Favorites of the Month ... October 2018
as usual no order

Just Say When by Yuukon Leaving by donchild Autumn Nap by Rilans-Fluff
Flair of the Forest Floor by TeaPhotography With the Oaks by Forest-Imp The Kingdom of the Elves 2 by AnnaZLove Hawthorne Berry by Iris-cup Seven springs, Cannock Chase by Jennyben
Deep by ebver Into the Grey of Whispering by SigmaVita small beauties in the forest 4 by MT-Photografien Drying after bathing by Daykiney
Paradise for Two by necco-artistry Autumn in the forest by streamweb Judge Dredd: Toxic #1 by uncannyknack Mona Lavender Flowers 2651 by WolfArtistic Cape Weaver by Okavanga
Venom_Movie by hosanna9 Jingle Berries by SchwarzWieEbenholZ Boletus mushroom by Daykiney Golden Hour by lauraverde
Queen Owlizabeth II by 4steex Young Lincoln by gregchapin Parasol with morning dew by BlackCatArtDA Strange Mushroom ? by Berlin-Steglitz Leaves on the Pond by Virtuella
Yellow summer by Berlin-Steglitz Autumn - the best painter by LewiARTs Oh Sheet by Size-And-Stupidity Edible mushroom by YuukiMokuya
Sun Glow by SeasideDreamer Little forest aquarelle by Tiliantti through the eras ... by edinaB
Inedible mushrooms by YuukiMokuya Beaver gorge by PhotoDragonBird Rival of a mushroom hunter by mossagateturtle Field colortest by hynesite
Rokujuri-goe by Furuhashi335 Petros by LeafArtAnna Envol dans la baie (soft pastel) by PatrickHENRY Thaw by JoaRosa After The Rain by ObsidianSerpent
Autum calmness by Serghiosart Autumn by Nayraelin :thumb7


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I have opened this donation pool for contributions to maintain the Super Group status of the Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging). Any amount of points would be much appreciated. In return you will receive a mention on the Group's Home Page, on this page, and faves of your work to be displayed on this page. Extra large donations will receive a feature on the Group's Home Page.

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Okavanga Featured By Owner 3 days ago
The phrase "birds of a feather..." comes to mind, M. Thank you for such a lovely compliment.

David :heart: :hug:
cricketumpire Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for choosing to watch my work on deviantART David    :icontftdwplz:

Totally appreciated my new friend     :handshake:  
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Thanks for the fave.:D (Big Grin) 
Okavanga Featured By Owner 4 days ago
You're welcome.
DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
;) (Wink) 
Cartoonman100 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you for adding me to your watchers collection, David!
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Thanks for the fave, David!
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