Kubu Island

11th September 2016
I have been wanting to go to Kubu Island for a long time, seeing some amazing images of the rocks and Baobab trees taken by other Photographers inspired me to go and see for myself so finally in July 2016 we made the trip to Kubu Island.The road to Kubu was not as bad as I expected it to be, it was dry and very dusty with some corrugated sections and a few sections where deep ruts had been made during the wet season, I dont think I would attempt going to Kubu Island in the wet season unless I was going with a couple of other vehicles that could help if you got stuck.

After checking in and setting up our tent at Kubu we walked and drove around exploring the rocks and looking for suitable site to photograph the baobab trees later that afternoon and the following morning. After finding a few possibilities we waited for the afternoon light to improve before setting off again with tripod and camera in hand, for the next few hours we moved from place to place trying different photographic options, some worked better than others and all too soon the sun had set so I tried a few images at dusk using some fill flash, finally we headed back to our campsite.

After dinner I walked through the rocky areas of Kubu searching for a great big Baobab I had seen earlier in the day, I wanted to use it for some star photography, as it turned out trying to find a specific tree in the pitch black was harder than expected so eventually I ended up photographing a different tree but I was happy with the results in the end.

The following morning we got up early before sunrise and headed off to photograph some of the trees on the Eastern side in the morning light, again I used some fill flash in the dawn light before shooting with the sunlight when the sun had risen.

I only spent one night at Kubu which I thoroughly enjoyed but I think I may well visit Kubu again someday and try some different Images that there just wasnt enough time to try in a days visit.


Photo comment By Justin Pontus: JUST "WOW"

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