Featured Zanzibar

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by datagov, May 15, 2017.

  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I'd been here in 2015 for a weekend between business in Pretoria and Dar es Salaam, and returned this time with my wife. We spent three days in Stone Town, the former slave trading capital of East Africa, and three days in Paje on the East Coast. The island is much larger than one imagines. It takes 1.5 hours to drive across it from Stone Town, in the West, to Paje, in the East. We came at the end of the rainy season, and we had a couple of days of heavy downpours, which flooded roads and made travel difficult. The vibe here is very relaxed and easy. People are kind and warm, living off very small amounts. Each morning, women collect seaweed on the shore. Then the tide goes out from the beach all the way out to the edge of the coral reef, a mile away. The shore becomes extensive and the men take their wooden boats to fish, while the women tend seaweed farms. On the beach, some Masai from Kilimanjaro sell trinkets and men tempt you with boat trips. There is not much to do here besides it in the sun and watch the pace of life repeat itself each day. Which I guess is a great place to slow down and take in a simple life, in Africa.

    I have a lot of photos from this trip that I have not worked on yet. But here is a sample.

    Stone Town

    Sunset from our hotel balcony
    On the road between Stone Town and Paje
    Paje Beach - the softest sand in the world
    My wife and I on the beach

    The Sunrise this morning

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  2. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Here is a selection of the people we met
    _SBA7331. _SBA8377. _SBA7299_01. _SBA7392. _SBA9255_pp. _SBA8942. _SBA7637. _SBA7317. _SBA7707. _SBA7706. _SBA9184.
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  3. StefanKruse

    StefanKruse Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2015
    Great work - especially number 7

    I will be going to Zanzibar in a months time and I have definitely been inspire by your work. Keep em coming.

    On a side note what camera/lenses did you use?
  4. Beautiful work Steve. I look forward to seeing more.
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  5. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    I spent one afternoon at the Jozani Forest photographing Red and Black Colobus Monkeys. Very easy. They are used to humans and you can get quite close.

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  6. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Finally a few more from the beach
    _SBA7942. _SBA7963. _SBA8861.
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  7. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Lovely pics!
  8. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. <3
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  9. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Zanzibar is a great destination, but be careful where you stay. Food quality in Tanzania is not up to the standard of South Africa or Kenya.

    I took the photos with the EM1.2, 50-200 SWD, O12-40, P42.5 1.7, O60, and S7.5. All the lenses proved useful in different contexts. The 50-200 was invaluable for candid portraits and on the beach, when you want reach and discretion.
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  10. P Hopper

    P Hopper Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2015
    Thanks for showing looks like a wonderful place wish I could see it one day!
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  11. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Last photo in the first set - wow.