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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:18 am 
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trip to the local El Paso Zoo, TX. Not bad for a small city zoo.

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El Paso Zoo Monkey by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Monkey by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Kingfisher by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Squirrel by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Sealion by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Giraffes by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Lion by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Mirecat by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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El Paso Zoo Zebra Butts by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:46 am 
I find it difficult looking at photos taken at zoos but I'll try and I have a couple of comments on the set.

There are some good images in here and some really nice quirky ones. There is a 'butt' joke in there to be made I'm sure!!

But some of the images I think you should not have posted as they are not quite up to the mark.

The Wolf one for instance is just a snap. There is nothing interesting about it other than its a wolf.

The bird shot afterwards is similar, that twig is just in the way.

The elephant is another thats just a snap as is the lion behind the grass.

Remove these from the set and I think the whole feeling of quality will go up dramatically


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:52 am 
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Thanks Ian, took your recommendations.

Zoos aren't my favorite either but I just haven't been able to go look for real wildlife, specially here in the desert. The main thing I'm doing is practice with my 70-300 :)

My wife and I think the Giraffes were actually fighting. They would lock legs like that then push each others heads around then one finally bounded away. The Zebras were just too funny like that.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:12 am 
Hi Mike,
Nice set of pics. Zebra is my fav! :D

Tamron 70-300 works like a charm...I bought after checking with u!!

I tried it at the local zoo as well....but unfortunately it started raining so couldn't cover all the animals.. :(


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:13 am 
That does look a much stronger set now.

Questions. The monkey shots, is the white balance off? Were these shot indoors?

While the photo of the seal is obviously through glass its a lovely picture. Its one of those shots that would have been a show stopper.

The others are great, nice compositions, sharp and fill the frame etc etc. The butt shots add that bit extra to the set


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:53 am 
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Yeap, the 2 monkeys were indoors and I'm sure I did not change the white balance and I wasn't shooting in RAW. I could probably touch them up a bit but I have had a long day so far on my 24-hr duty. Might go back thru this weekend. The second ones face should be pure white.

I wish the zebra on the left had his head in line with the others, I waited but they started moving away. :lol:

I do have some more of the sea lion. Those were funny, if you ran your hand near the glass they thought you had food and would shake their head back and forth and snap.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:48 am 
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i personally liked all your photos , this lens seems to be a killer lens for the price :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:16 am 
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Well, it has done me well on the captive animals but it has been a little slow catch focus on some wild hawks i've been trying to catch. Ulitimatly, yes for the price i love it and would recommend it.

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