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Jun 18, 2010 21:04 |  #1

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Jun 18, 2010 21:58 |  #2

#2 would have been so much better if the DOF had been deeper


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Jun 19, 2010 13:11 as a reply to  @ nüborn's post |  #3

Concur on the depth of field on #2. The two birds are overexposed. The flamingo was in full sun with the background in the shade. Your camera made the mistake of trying to get it all properly exposed. Sacrifice the background next time. The out-of-focus cage wire kills the eagle shot. File it away.

The next time you're at the zoo, it's important to frame your shots so that there are no manufactured elements in it (e.g., cage wire). If you can't do this, then the shot just shouts out "Beautiful animal brutally snatched from its natural home and cruelly imprisoned in order to please it's human captors." There's no way of getting around it.


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Jun 21, 2010 10:08 |  #4

Thanks folks for the advice.
For #2, I had to open the lens wide due to it being a dark room..Is there anyway I could have underexposed and made it brighter in post without noise increase?

Thanks for the advice on the flamingo shot. I'll try underexposing the background next time I shoot in bright sunlight.


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Jun 21, 2010 11:11 |  #5
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nüborn wrote in post #10388132 (external link)
#2 would have been so much better if the DOF had been deeper

I'm a noob, are you saying he should of used a greater depth of field?




  
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Jun 21, 2010 11:49 as a reply to  @ rhys216's post |  #6

I am finding the focus is soft on these, plus there is alot of noise in the first two.


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Jun 21, 2010 16:23 |  #7

The fist one was a heavy crop. Hence the noise.
Do you find the 3rd one soft too?


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Jun 21, 2010 20:12 |  #8

Agree with previous observations. The third also has the cage bars across it. The trick for the ideal zoo photo is to make it look natural.


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Jun 21, 2010 21:23 as a reply to  @ corkneyfonz's post |  #9

A zoo can have some really challenging situations.. cages, low-light, harsh-light, etc. I like the first, except that having to crop has ruined it's pop/sharpness. I concur with the frog shot.. It's a pretty good one really!! I just would've like to see little bit more of the guy in focus. The 3rd is a great subject.. but that darn cage.. Not much you can do about that.. Maybe shoot lions. :) Not bad on the shots though.. just keep shooting and learning..


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Jun 22, 2010 10:01 |  #10

Thanks for the critique guys :)
Josef - I liked the way you use your words! thanks!


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Jun 22, 2010 22:26 |  #11

With the eagle, you could have gotten a close up of the head and the cage would not be an issue.

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