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Loot EksteenName: Loot Eksteen
Country: South Africa
Intro: A warm hearted hello to everyone and welcome to my intro page. I live in Empangeni, situated on the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. It is 16km from Richards Bay, which is one of the main export harbours in South Africa.

I have learned so much about nature, photography and post processing since I became a member on this site. I want to thank each and every one of you who contributed in one way or another on this fantastic journey.

Since I'm only a stone throw away from the well-known Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, I obviously spend a lot of my spare time there. I had the privilege to serve in this park as an Honorary Parks board member for 7 years, but unfortunately I finally had to resign because my legs prevented me from participating to the full. The Kruger National Park is only 4 hours away and debatable this is one of the best nature reserves in the world so I try to go there at least once a year.

My beautiful wife and I share our love for nature and photography. She is my prime supporter, critic and advisor. Since she discovered the "Shutter release button" on my ex Sony DSC-H9 I can hardly stay ahead with downloading all the photos she captures. It was a case of "Bye, bye Sony". It is great fun to be one of the growing numbers of husband and wife teams on the site.

I would like to extend a BIG thank you to Robert Brown (inspirator) and Adam Silverman (creator) for this fantastic site.

Welcome to my Personal Galleries:
A study in Arachnology (Spiders & Scorpions)
A study in Botany (Plants)
A study in Entomology (Insects)
A study in Geography (Landscapes)
A study in Herpetology (Amphibians & Reptiles)
A study in Ichthyology (Fish)
A study in Mammalogy (Mammals)
A study in Ornithology (Birds)

Touched by Nature is another personal theme which for obvious reasons are very dear to me. I really hope you will enjoy it as much as I did when I captured these photos. Perhaps the notes are the more important aspect here and in order to appreciate this topic to its fullest you have to read the notes to get the story behind the photo.

For those who might be interested, you can see some of my "other" photos which are not shown on TrekNature, on my pages in FaceBook. Sorry, but the viewer is not as good as here on TrekNature. Birds #1, Birds #2, Fishy Business #1, Flowers & Plants #1, Insects & Spiders #1, Landscapes #1, Mammals #1, Mammals #2, Reptiles & Amphibians #1, Cape Trip 2011 #01 and Cape Trip 2011 #02 .

Equipment List

Cameras:
Canon EOS 550D Digital Rebel T2i + BG-E8 Battery Grip
Canon EOS 450D Digital Rebel XSi + BG-E5 Battery Grip
Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT + BG-E3 Battery Grip
Canon PowerShot SX30IS (35x Optical zoom)
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V (30x Optical zoom)
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX1 (20x Optical zoom)
Sony CyberShot DSC-H9 (15x Optical zoom)

Lenses:
Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 USM Zoom L IS
Canon 55-200mm EF f/4.5-5.6 II USM Zoom
Canon 17-85mm EF-S f/4-5.6 IS USM Zoom
Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom
Canon 60mm EF-S f/2.8 Macro USM
Sigma 150-500mm APO f/5-6.3 AF Ultra DG OS HSM
Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro ASP DG Wide Angle & Telephoto Zoom
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom

Teleconverter:
Sigma 1.4x APO Tele Converter EX DG

Flash Systems:
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX

Data Storage:
Asus K52F - SX370R (Laptop)
Mecer Bravo 3.5" External USB Hard Drive 500Gig
Flashtrax 80Gig SmartDisk FTX-XT80

Accessories:
Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3 cable release
Canon Remote Control RC-5 Infra red release
Lenzz Rezzt bean bag

Tripod Systems:
Manfrotto Tripod 190D
Manfrotto Monopod 679
Manfrotto RC141 head
Member Since: 2006-01-23
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EOS 450D, Canon EOS 550D, Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony CyberShot DSC HX100V, Sony Cybershot DSC HX300
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