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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:26 pm 
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Today we went to see the Big Cats at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation...
http://www.whf.org.uk with our local camera club, we were a party of about 20, lots of us were Canon Owners, a couple of Nikon's, some Sony, Olympus and a Fuji (I think).
This was a great day out as you could get right up to the animals all that was seperating us was a very strong steel fence, and 'er indoors and myself did something we have never done before... that is stroke a full grown male lion... the main body fur is a soft as a normal domestic cat but the mane is really coarse.
So below is a selection of photos from there

1) Lunch for one of the 3 Male lions (all brothers BTW)

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2) Here's looking at you kid

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3) Wonder when lunch will be served

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4) This shows how close you can be...

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5) This is such hard work entertaing these humans...

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6) Come on own up... who woke me up was it you with that "Big White Thing" in front of you...

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Hey Roy,

Nice pics, especially love numbers 3 and 6. Tigers are def my favourite animal. The lion shot is also awesome. Went to the zoo a few weeks ago and managed to get a few photos but not as close as these!!!!

Congrats they are awesome.

BTW which lens/s did you use and what settings?

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whooohoooooo Roy!! first off, I am glad that lion was not chowin down on da duck o' the day...whew! Now let me see, which one is my pick of this series...I think I will choose #2, love the crop, not sure if it is camera or post, but it sure works... and #6...love the color, and intensity, great to see these recent works...thinkin' you should go find a little waddler...now that you have captured the King of Beasts, and their cousins, a little quackage sounds right. Glad you got to stroke the kittens, and oh so glad you kept your arms intact...well done, my friend.


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Shots numbers 1 to 5 were with the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, number 6 was with the EF 70-200 f/4 L IS USM all set Av Aperture Priority.

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1) f/5.0, 1/125, ISO 200 focal length 210mm

2) f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 400 focal length 400mm

3) f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 200 focal length 400mm

4) f/5.6, 1/80, ISO 200 focal length 400mm

5) f/4.5, 1/250, ISO 200 focal length 100mm

6) f/4.5, 1/250, ISO 200 focal length 200mm

patti, number 2 was not cropped thats as it came out of the camera apart from a bit of processing in CS3, you can get really close with the 100-400.

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pictures are great defiance, particularly like the lion in number two, but my favourite are the tigers as they are one of my favourite animal. i am hoping to go to the zoo soon, and if i get any photographs half as good as these i`ll be very pleased. naniani :)

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Lovely shots, Roy. That EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM is really earning its keep. 8)

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Thanks Roy,

WOW you're really making me green over here :wink: that Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM is awesome I wish I had one :cry: (though after my latest purchase, 70mm-700mm f2.8L IS, yet to receive from Canon Australia, I might just have to be content for a while 8) )

How do find the lens in lower light conditions shooting wildlife etc?

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Thank you all for your comments, Bob well it has to at the price but I do find now that it comes out of the bag more than the 70-200 (and before jittering asks again no it is still not for sale), funny thing was that our Chairman of the club said before we went you won't need lenses longer than 200mm.... and what did he turn up with and use most of the time... yes you guessed right the 100-400 and on a 5D and so that he did not have to change lenses he had a 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM mounted on a 1Ds Mk III (drool).

DanielD find it OK in low light, the whole day we were there most of the time kept at ISO 200, but when the skys darkened for rain only went up to 400. But talking of lenses would like to get my hands on the one that you have just bought... (though after my latest purchase, 70mm-700mm f2.8L IS, yet to receive from Canon Australia).

A reflection on the day don't think that I could be a "Wildlife" photographer, I wouldn't have the patience, all that sitting around waiting for the right moment, me I just wanted to move on to the next bit, but on the whole an enjoyable day albeit an expensive one £140 for the two of us which included a buffet lunch and as much tea or coffee that you wanted all day plus the cost of fuel the round trip 150 miles and with my old tug doing just 20mpg you could not do it too many times.

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