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It's All Happening At The Zoo

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Scott Merryfield, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Sam Posten

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    Dayton museum is one of my faves. I have 200 more to edit through, but here's my previous two trips:
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  2. Scott Merryfield

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    Nice shots, Bob. I really love the orangutang.

    We've never been to the Cincinnati Zoo, but we have visited the one in Toledo -- it's about a one hour drive (one way). The Toledo Zoo is quite nice, but is smaller than the Detroit Zoo.
     
  3. Cameron Yee

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    Speaking of zoo pics, you might want to read this thread I started over on Flickr, after receiving a message from the San Diego zoo about my photos: http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157627007585660/
     
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    Yeesh!
     
  5. Sam Posten

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    That sucks. I'd send em an email back that said "Good luck with that" and see where the fireworks took me =p
     
  6. Scott Merryfield

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    That's an interesting discussion, Cameron. While I personally would not have a problem with the photos being restricted to non-commercial use only, I would have a problem with the zoo having the right to take my photos and do whatever they want with them. I am no attorney, so I do not know what legal merits there are to their second claim, but it just seems wrong.

    I did run into a situation in South Carolina with a tiger sanctuary that would not allow any photographic equipment. They basically wanted to sell you photos in addition to the very high admission fee. We decided to pass on the visit, since as an amateur photographer I wanted the opportunity to photograph the tigers myself. For the same reason, I will never visit the Skywalk near the Grand Canyon.
     
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    Like most of the others who replied, it wasn't the request itself, it was how it was made, in particular the lack of clarity about what exactly was the problem and what they wanted me to do about it.

    Ultimately it reflects poorly on the SD Zoo, but I doubt it will affect my going there in the future.

    Given the number of visitors to the zoo each year, I'm sure tracking down licensing issues is the greatest job in the world. I almost pity them. :D
     
  8. dmiller68

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    I thought I would share pictures from my recent trip to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. I have been getting back into photography recently and have signed up for a class. I took a photography tour with tips when in Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago.

    Anyway here are some pictures.

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  9. Scott Merryfield

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    That last shot of the tiger is terrific, David.
    We made another trip to the Detroit Zoo a couple of weekends ago, and it was the first time the tigers were actually active -- they are usually sleeping. I'll post a few once I have a chance to upload them to Smugmug.
     
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    Those are ALL terrific David, very well done!
     
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    Thanks guys! I was amazed how many turned out. You can sure shoot a lot when you are using digital.
     
  12. Scott Merryfield

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    David, I didn't mean to imply that the other shots were not good -- just that the last one of the tiger really had a WOW factor for me due to the animal's expression. It can be difficult to capture such an expression at the zoo.
    Here is probably the best of the tiger shots from our Detroit Zoo visit a couple of weeks ago. I like yours better.
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    That's because you didn't piss the tiger off, Scott! That'll learn ya for next time! :D
     
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    So I went to Woodland Park Zoo today took a bunch more pictures. Thought I would post some, the first one was my picture of the day:

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    Sorry for posting so many... I just felt really good about many of my shots today so I thought I would share.
     
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    Nice shots, David. I especially like the first lion shot.
    The Detroit Zoo opened a new lion exhibit late last year. It is great for viewing the animals, but not for photographing them. The exhbit has solid glass between for protection, but they placed warming rocks rit near the glass to entice the lions to lay next to the visitors. The glass is tough to shoot through.
     
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    Shooting through glass is a total pain but believe it or not I got the lion shots through the glass. The advantage is the way they have it setup. It viewing area has a roof and no lights so I was getting no shadows or reflections. I also shot at the very top of the glass so I didn't have to shoot through kids fingerprints. They are building a new tiger exhibit and I hope they go more open like the on at Point Defiance Zoo. We are really lucky up here having 2 major, 1 minor Zoo's and a Wildlife preserve all within easy driving (no more then an hour away).

    I shot this one through glass as well:
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    I REALLY like the last Lion one. It needs to become an Internet meme template.
     
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    This was probably the best shot I was able to get through the glass of the lion exhibit at the Detroit Zoo the last time we visited. The exhibit had only been open a week, and the glass was already pretty scratched. The exhibit is in the sun, too, which makes it difficult to avoid reflections. I may try a polarizing filter next time.
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    Wonder if you could take some of that blue out of the WB if it would help or not... It looks pretty soft tho...
     
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    I did have a polarizing filter on for my shots. I was using my Sigma 120-400 lens



     

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