2011 Images of the Year
Previous Fiery Sky
© Frits Hoogendijk

We were camping on the banks of the Zambezi river in the Caprivi at the end of the dry season, and thunderstorms in Zambia started huge veld fires providing a beautiful setting for starscapes. I did quite a few test shots earlier to get the correct exposure and waited for the milky way to align correctly in order to have an interesting composition.

Equipment Used: I used an ISO of 5000 with a 30 seconds exposure at f/2.8 with a Nikon D3s and a 14-24mm f2,8 Nikor lens at 14mm on a tripod with a remote shutter to capture this image.

About the Photographer: I am a maxillo-facial and oral surgeon, but when not in the office or in theatre I spend my time photographing nature and wildlife. I have started my photographic career photographing sport when in high school with a manual 35mm film camera and developed my own slides, acquired a very basic digital kit during my years of study and only recently upgraded to more advanced photographic equipment. I have had had images published in a few magazines and also won a few national awards recently. My images can be viewed at

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