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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:53 am 
Hi All,

I recently went to Whipsnade zoo, with my Canon 450D, and just snapped away.

It was a very enjoyable days photography, and great fun getting back to see what pics are good, and what they look like on a High Res screen.

Which ones do you like, and dislike?

Any feedback on how I can improve my photography, is really appreciated, be as nice or as rude as you like ..


Thanks again


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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 11:46 pm 
No one have any feedback?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:44 pm 
Nice shots, looks like you had fun. It looks like you where shooting when the sunlight was pretty harsh. It's hard to get the exposure right when the light is harsh like this. You may want to try spot metering next time, if the animal isn't moving sometimes I will take a picture with several different settings then see what works best back home on the computer. I'm still learning myself so that's just a suggestion. Also take some time and read the sticky at the top, a guide to wildlife photography, popo included some information on zoos a few posts down.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:49 pm 
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I like all the photos except number 5 (the framing looks a bit wrong).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:49 pm 
James,

Yes I agree the framing is wrong, I had a large clump of grass, which was distracting to the eye, thats why I heavily cropped it.

Ritchie


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:53 am 
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Nice set, I agree with Kev on the harsh light, perhaps try experimenting with EV in similar lighting conditions. Not to sure if you PP'd the lion's etc. the grass looks unnatural green to me.

Shooting flying birds can be difficult and I'm happy to just get one in the frame and not worry about composition.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:37 pm 
4xxxx,

I did a slight PP on all of the photos.

I dont understand the harsh light feedback comment.

What photos looks the worst?

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:54 am 
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I think they are referring mainly to your female lion pic. The sky is white. I believe if you play around with your shutter speed and F number the sky would be blue/clouds. I believe if you kept your shutter speed the same and increased your F number to the 8 - 10 range the harshness would be less.

Also maybe a polarizer?

I love the owl pic ! he looks like a cartoon character with that exaggerated walk.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:21 pm 
Hey Rich, The harsh light I'm referring to is when the sun is high in the sky. The light gets harsh and blows out details, skies, ext. I've had the same problem a lot! What editing program do you have? you can bring back some of the lost color and depth.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:00 pm 
Kev,

Sorry for the delayed response.

Thanks for your feedback, since posting this set, I have taken a lot more photos, and have taken on board comments that people have made.

I use Lightroom and Photoshop .

Its ok, you can leave the photo up, its not a problemo..

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:05 pm 
mscott,

It seems like the Owl is everybodys fav photo.

Thanks for the feedback

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:31 pm 
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Are you shooting with a lens hood? I ask because your images seem a bit washed out. Also the last is the best, though the image of the two elephants is quite nice as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:33 pm 
Swatpup32,

I dont use a lens hood, do you think its important to use one?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:43 pm 
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Could you post the exif data from the lion/lioness and hawk pics?

I use a lenshood all the time,if I don't sometimes I'll get lens flare and sometimes but not often will get it anyway.
Do you use any UV filters?
I have a UV neutral on mine,mostly for protection of the lens face as it is alot less expensive than a new lens but it also cuts down on the haze in open spaces some.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:04 pm 
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Yeah like kpr said lens hoods help with glares and flares, but it also helps add a little bit of contrast to your images. Lastly, lens hoods give some protection to the front element of your lenses from dings and scratches.

Canon only ships lens hoods with 'L' lenses ;( Which is probably why you get the impression you don't need one (Which you don't to some degree). If you do buy one save a few dollars and get a third-party, the official canon lens hoods are overpriced (like so many things in the world of photography). In mean time you could try printing out a lens hood.
http://www.lenshoods.co.uk/

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