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It's All Happening At The Zoo

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

  1. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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    For the night heron shots, I think I was only at 520mm with the extender (could go as much as 560mm) because the framing was too tight. It would have been an f/8 aperture. The shot without the TC was at f/7.1 and 400mm, if I recall. The lighting probably changed a little between shots since the sun was going in and out of the clouds, plus I shoot in RAW format and I would have made adjustments for highlights and shadows for each shot in Lightroom afterwards. Those adjustments may not have resulted in exactly the same look.
     
  2. Mike Frezon

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    Gotcha.


    It's amazing to me that you would even be able to recall as much.


    Thanks again for the schooling. There's so much I don't know... :D And it's one of those topics that intrigues me...
     
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    Well, when our memory fails there's also all the EXIF data the camera embeds in the image. Back in the old days you'd have to write everything down at the time or shortly after if you wanted to track your settings.
     
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    The only reason I recalled the details without looking at the EXIF data is that I was adding it to a post on a photography forum yesterday discussing the teleconvertor. Usually, I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch the day before. :lol:
     
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    The polar bear was posing just for you, eh, Sam?!? :D
     
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    I've never seen any animal besides a domesticated dog have so much fun with a simple stick.
     
  8. Scott Merryfield

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    Nice shots, Sam. Having a clear view of a red panda is always a treat. The two at our zoo are usually hiding in the foliage of the trees. As much as we visit, we've seen them on the ground only three times, and only rarely get a clear view when they are in the trees.


    There must be something about polar bears and sticks. Here's one from our zoo during an early spring visit.


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    Polar Bears must just be oversized dogs.


    My old dalmatian, Schuyler:


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    I just started my hobby of visiting the zoo, and try to visit them wherever I travel somewhere. And seeing this thread, makes me want to post some zoo photos, though mine not nearly as good as the ones already posted here, as I am not much of a photographer. And never easy to photograph animals, as they don't stay still long enough! :P

    Here are a couple photos of hippopotamuses out of the water, from my visit to the Philadelphia Zoo back in early July.


    Hippos eating...


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    One of the hippos getting back into the water


    h2.



    This is the first time that I have ever seen hippos out of the water.
     
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    This is the strangest wildlife photo of the week.


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    We are pulling in to Anchorage/Whittier as I type and we are hearing of a lot of recent beachings
     
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    Sam,


    Enjoy Alaska. We were there last summer. I am looking forward to seeing some photos when you return. We just returned from a week in Yellowstone. I will post some photos once I can sift through all the shots from the 3 cameras I brought along for the trip. ;)
     
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    Hope you stayed away from those plague-carrying squirrels, Scott!
     
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    I may have been unsuccessful in capturing any gray wolf photos in Yellowstone last week, but I did get some nice views of the two at the new exhibit at our local zoo this morning. This is the first time I've had a good look at the black male since the exhibit opened in late June. The white female was also out and about today.


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    A "Planet of the Apes" moment

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    I wish our football team's claws were as sharp last week as this wolverine's

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    The bush dogs were feeling a little "frisky" :wub:

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    The tiger was staying out of the heat

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    The bearcat just peaked out a little from the trees

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    Planet of the apes? More like 2001!
     
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    A few from yesterday's visit:


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    Here are a few of mine from San Francisco Zoo.


    JHSrhino. JHSstayingcool.
     
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    The weather was mild last weekend, so we had a chance to make another zoo visit.

    Yes, they really do box!
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    The male wolf from the new exhibit
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    Arctic fox
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    From the butterfly house
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    Bush dog
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    The butterfly one is beautiful. I love the out of focus wisps of leaves in the background and the gradual focus fall off of the leaves in the foreground.
     
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