BRAZILIAN CRIOLLO

The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian. In fact, due to the criollo’s low basal metabolism, it may be a better long-distance horse than the Arabian in prolonged races over a week in duration with no supplemental feed. The breed, known for its hardiness and stamina, is most popular in its home countries. To speak of the Criollo horse is to speak of the Gaucho. The horse is his indispensable accessory ; it is said that a Gaucho without a horse was the same as a man without legs.

Director - Chris Schmid
Editor - Chris Schmid
Music - The Musicbed

This film was shot using my regular photographic gear:
- Sony a7rII
- Sony a7s
- DJI Inspire 1
- Zenmuse X5
- Sony FE 28mm 2.0
- Sony FE 35mm 2.8
- Sony FE 16-35mm 4.0
- Sony FE 70-200mm 4.0

I’m so stoked to be awarded Honorable Mention three times at the IPA - International Photography Awards!  My portfolio “Above Okavango” awarded Honorable Mention in Nature - Aerial and Nature - Wildlife. My portfolio “The Land of the Maasai” was awarded Honorable Mention in Nature - Wildlife.

I’m so stoked to be awarded Honorable Mention three times at the IPA - International Photography Awards! 

My portfolio “Above Okavango” awarded Honorable Mention in Nature - Aerial and Nature - Wildlife. My portfolio “The Land of the Maasai” was awarded Honorable Mention in Nature - Wildlife.

KENYA PHOTO SAFARIS

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Dates: 26 March 2016 – 2 April 2016

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Languages spoken: English and French

Leader: Chris Schmid

Download the brochure here.

Join us in March 2016 on an Kenyan Photo Safari in the Maasai Mara with renowned photographer Chris Schmid and in collaboration with Naibor Camp. The Mara is famous for its big cats, and it’s an amazing place to photograph lions, cheetahs and leopards. March is a very good season for big cats. This tour is for photographers of all levels, begginers and experienced alike. We also welcome non-photographing companions too.

4-people Safari

We offer 4-people safaris. The cost for a 4-person safari is $4045 per person based on a single basis for 1 night in Nairobi & 6 nights in the Mara (no shared transfers nor hotel accommodation. All done on a single basis). If you are travelling in couple then the cost will be $7751 for two people.

Bookings are secured with a 20% deposit per person. Payments to be made in $US.

Availability

2016:
Mar 26 – Apr 02 – OPEN

Payment

Payments for all safaris are made through Nigel Archer Safari which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator.

Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected.

Booking

To book or reserve a place on this safari please email me at chris@schmidchris.com. I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Camp - Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp is a luxury eco friendly tented camp, a striking combination of contemporary style and comfort, in the heart of Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is hidden in a grove of riverine woodland on the banks of the Talek River and consists of sweeping pale canvas tents, king-sized beds made from local fig-wood, wide sofas furnished with bolster cushions, and wool rugs - a luxurious base from which to explore the Mara. Our camp is located inside the reserve close to many predators – lion, cheetah and leopard are often found close by.

You can view more about Naibor Camp here.

The Vehicles

For photography, we will provide enough free place for each photographer, providing flexibility for photography. Beanbags are provided in each vehicle.

Itinerary

Day 1: You are picked up from Nairobi Airport on arrival by our driver and taken to the Fairview in Nairobi where you’ll spend your first night in Kenya.

Day 2: In the morning we transfer to Wilson Airport (around 10 minutes away) to where we take a 45 minute flight to Naibor camp in the Masai Mara. We will arrive in time for lunch and embark on our first afternoon drive at 16:00. At about 18:00 we return to camp to relax in front of the camp fire and have dinner.

Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: Morning drives begin at 5:30 am and continue until midday or longer, depending on animal activity that day. We’ll have a short break for some 30 minutes for a light breakfast and refreshments in the bush. Back to camp for lunch, rest, or relax with a massage. Then at 16:00 we head out for the late afternoon drive returning at sunset around 18:00. At about 18:00 we return to camp to relax in front of the fire and have dinner.

Day 8: In the morning we’ve time for a three hour drive before we will be able to catch your return flight to Nairobi. Back in Nairobi you’ll spend some time in an African BBQ restaurant if you would like before the transfer to Nairobi Airport for your international flights home.

What is included in the photo safari
One night in Nairobi at Fairview Hotel on arrival
Full Board accommodation
All house beverages (including house wine, beer and local spirits, tea, coffee ,soft drinks and bottled water)
Guided game drives in a shared vehicle with one guide and one photographer (up to a maximum of 4 guest in a vehicle)
Bush Meals (where possible please book in advance) and sun-downers (No Bush Dinners in the Mara reserve)
Laundry
Airstrip pick-up and drop off to Ol Kiombo airstrip
Private meals in all rooms
Park and conservation fees ($99 per person per night)
1 night accommodation at the Fairview hotel Nairobi on the night before the safari
Transfers:
From JKIA-Fairview Hotel (maximum of 4 passengers)
Fairview Hotel-Wilson Airport (maximum of 4 passengers)
Wilson Airport-JKIA on departing day (maximum of 4 passengers)
Return flights from Wilson to Masai Mara

What is not included
Travel insurance
Items of a personal nature
Phone calls
Beverages such as premium brand spirits, cellar wines, champagne
Cigars and Cigarettes
Guided walks outside the reserve
Beauty therapy and massages
Cultural Visits

If you need to know more, don’t hesitate to email me at chris@schmidchris.com

« OFF THE BEATEN TRACK » - Episode 3 - 81°36.9’N
In this third episode we sets out to Svalbard or Spitsbergen, one of the most remote location in the world. The expedition brought us to 81° North in the ice pack in search of polar bears.
This film was shot using the new Sony a7rII and the new DJI X5 for the aerial images.
You can watch the video in 4K here: https://vimeo.com/140989382
Hope you’ll enjoy it and share it around!

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - Episode 2 - The land of the Maasai

I’m very excited to launch the second episode of OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. In this second episode we travelled to the Masai Mara to find out how Kenyans were protecting their natural environment. Watch it in fullscreen with Headphones if you can. Hope you’ll enjoy it and share it around!

Vimeo link for HD: https://vimeo.com/135330120

THE NEW SONY a7RII

As you may have read across the web, Sony announced last week the much-anticipated new a7RII. This time around it looks like Sony has listened to the feedback and come out with one heck of a full frame camera. Not only does it have a new 42mp sensor, but a vastly improved AF system, electronic shutter and silent mode (a fix for shutter shake), updated ergonomics and button placement, 4K video and much more. Here is the main specs:

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • Internal 4K XAVC S Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 102,400
  • no shutter blade motion
  • 3.5x faster than the A7r
  • A7rII focus is almost 40% faster than the one of the A7r
  • Minimum ISO w/ Auto ISO
  • 14bit RAW file
  • Fast AF with Canon lenses using lens adapter

I love my a7R for stills. It has been used countless times since buying one in December 2013. For video I’ve been using the A7s which produces perfect HD. The a7RII is a big step up for video from the first version with internal 4K and 1080 up to 60p. Moreover in 4K super 35mm mode there is no pixel binning which is absolutely awesome!

In an interview with Dpreview, Sony Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group Kimio Maki explained why 42.4 mp struck the perfect balance between resolution and ISO sensitivity.  To achieve both they created a full-frame back-side illuminated sensor in the goal to improve the resolution and the ISO sensitivity over the original a7R. SWEET! Like the original a7R, a7RII has no anti-aliasing filter. It can deliver the finest detail and ISO range expanded for better performance at high ISOs.

Kimio Maki also gave some information about their upcoming FE lenses and it looks very exciting!

“Our lenses have to be better than [those from other manufacturers]. That is my mission. We have already made a 35mm F1.4 and 90mm macro – both were based on customer’s requirements, and also we have a full F4 zoom lineup, so our next lenses will be at the upper end of the lineup.”

“A F2.8 lineup is necessary, and brighter [primes].”

You can read the full interview on Dpreview.com and also a very interesting article ”Did Sony just do the impossible“.

FIRMWARE UPDATE 2.00 FOR SONY A6000, A7, A7R, A7S

Sony releases firmware Update 2.0 for A6000 with XAVC S and that shortens start-up time for Sony a7, a7R and a7S mirrorless cameras.

Improvements over version 1.20:

  • The startup time is shortened

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 2.00:

  • Improves camera function and provides picture improvement for the new lenses (SEL35F14Z, SEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL90M28G)
  • Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™.
  • Provides support for the SEL70200G lens:
    - Supports the “Fast Hybrid AF” function and future Fast Hybrid AF compatible E mount lenses
    - Adds the “Focus hold button” function
  • Reduces start-up time:
    - The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off
  • Improves image quality
  • Provides support for additional PlayMemories Camera Apps and additional features for previously supported apps:
    - Supports the “Liveview Grading” and “Smooth Reflection” applications
    - Supports the smooth automatic exposure feature in the “Time-lapse” application ver. 2.00 and later

Sony a7 (ILCE-7) Camera Firmware Update 2.00: MAC | WIN

Sony a7R (ILCE-7R) Camera Firmware Update 2.00: MAC | WIN

Sony a7S (ILCE-7S) Camera Firmware Update 2.00: MAC | WIN

Sony a6000 (ILCE-6000) Camera Firmware Update 2.00: MAC | WIN

Aerial view of the Namib Desert, Namibia. This photo was captured during flying over the Walvis Bay Salt Refiners, it gives this wonderful colors. This photo is Copyrighted © Chris Schmid Photography. Feel free to use the share button but no other usage without written consent. Photo available on sale on: http://bit.ly/1l1TBBh

Aerial view of the Namib Desert, Namibia. This photo was captured during flying over the Walvis Bay Salt Refiners, it gives this wonderful colors.

This photo is Copyrighted © Chris Schmid Photography.

Feel free to use the share button but no other usage without written consent.

Photo available on sale on: http://bit.ly/1l1TBBh