I had always dreamt of a Safari. A classical, East African Wildlife safari. One day in 2009, the dream became true. My former wife had worked as an intern at a microfinance firm in Kampala for a few months, so I grabbed the opportunity to visit her and go on a Safari with the local tour operator Matoke Tours.
Young and enthusiastic: Exploring Murchison National Park, Uganda, 2009.
The one-week tour with our private driver took us from Kampala to Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park; we slept in a tent inside the National Park camp grounds most of the time, saving that money to afford the luxury of not sharing our vehicle with a group.
I must say, this trip was a life changing experience for me. I felt a sustainable happiness, almost as though it would now be easier to die one day, with this one really important dream come true.
For the occasion, I invested in a Canon EOS 1000 D, a rather simple DSLR with a 10 MP APS-C Sensor, together with Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 [APO] DG Macro lens.
I don´t know how many times I have looked through the photographs from this journey, but as I reviewed them for the new website, I was surprised by the high quality from this rather simple old camera. With a tiny bit of tweaking in Lightroom, you only notice the weaknesses in resolution and sharpness when zooming in strongly. Being a newbie to digital photography (I had shot analog SLRs my whole life before that), I didn´t even use the option to shoot raw files. Even more it surprises me which JPG-quality the combo delivered, and I´m still happy, inspired and proud looking back on the pictures of this life changing experience.