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This is the view that greeted me when I awoke this morning.
THIS is why I love Africa!
On my way to "work"
I bumped into this herd of male Nyala.
Not something that I would normally see in the city.
A great way to start the day...
While I was driving in to the Safari Live studio
I came across the bush-walk team heading out...
From L to R:
Bryan Joubert, FW de Klerk(jnr) and Herberth Khoza
My "office" when I am not on a game drive vehicle.
Final Control has air-conditioning!
In the director's seat for this particular broadcast...
Her co-director is Kirsten McLennan-Smith.
The roles are swapped on a drive-by-drive basis.
This audio clip will give you an idea of
what it sounds like before a broadcast:https://soundcloud.com/david-batzofin/from-the-safarilive-control-roommp3
and for a video link:
It might look like a "mess" but it really is not.
Everything is here for a reason...
The bank of TV monitors offers the crew the option to cut between
the two vehicles and the bush-walk presenter.
The director is also tasked with relaying questions
from the on-line audience to the presenters.
This is Tayla heading out on her drive...
Aside from being watched on screen,
the vehicles have GPS tracking devices
in order for the director to be aware of their movements within the reserve.
The workshop alongside the control room
is one of the neatest that I have come across.
It also contains some of the servers for the broadcast uplink
Connor Tiegs is busy assembling this drone,
but seems to be having an issue with the camera currently.
He hopes that this will be sorted soon so that he can get this into the air.
In the meantime, he is using this model to give a perspective
not normally seen by "regular" visitors to a reserve
The real workhorse of the operation.
With current technology, the cameras are getting smaller
and their quality is superb
The vehicles are not designed to take passengers (as I discovered)
but are filled with equipment, batteries and camera gear.
Each vehicle has a team that consist of
a cameraman and the driver/presenter.
The presenters are all rangers that are highly qualified.
They are basically "teaching" an international audience about
our natural resources.
Those include (but not limited to) both flora and fauna.
but three radios to keep in touch with Final Control
as well as other game drive vehicles that traverse the property.
Time to head out...
The team on this vehicle for this particular safari
were Tayla McCurdy and Wium Dornbrack
Heading out on a bush walk...
David Eastaugh was the cameraman on this outing
A reminder that the bush walks take place in a Big 5 reserve
and an armed ranger/tracker is a necessary precaution for both the presenter
and the wildlife...
A final look at what is on the screens before the safari drive ends
and all the teams head back to camp.
Many thanks to the entire team for allowing be to be a part
of their "world"...
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I started using Pentax equipment in 1974
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