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Sep 03, 2013 01:10 |  #1

Anyone here a member of a zoo?

It would've been £21 per visit but i've signed up for a yearly membership for £79. Now all I need to do is make the fence lines vanish some how :lol:


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Sep 03, 2013 10:22 |  #2

My wife and I have a membership to the Detroit Zoo. We break even with the cost after two visits annually, but we usually visit 6-7 time per year -- so we get our money's worth out of the membership. We were just there last Sunday with some friends. You can see my zoo galleries here (external link).


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Sep 03, 2013 11:18 as a reply to  @ Scott M's post |  #3

Try this, but be careful not to scratch your front element. I usually place my hand on the fence if possible and grasp the end of the lens with my index finger and thumb to control the distance from the fence.

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Sep 03, 2013 11:21 |  #4

I'm a member of the Riverbanks Zoo. They don't have fences there thankfully.


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Sep 03, 2013 14:13 |  #5

Salma wrote in post #16263235 (external link)
Now all I need to do is make the fence lines vanish some how :lol:

Get as much separation as possible between the fencing and your subject, and get as close to the fence as possible. Then open up the lens, and you should be able to blur out most of the fencing.

There is only one exhibit at our zoo with fencing, and here is an example of making it disappear:

IMAGE: http://smerryfield.smugmug.com/Zoos/Detroit-Zoo-July-4th-2013/i-pXCXkD9/0/L/451A6784-L.jpg

I struggle more with exhibits with glass, as the glare is always a challenge. The new lion exhibit at our zoo is great for viewing the animals close, but the glass they used makes it almost impossible to get a good photo.

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Sep 03, 2013 14:49 |  #6

I actually 'won' an annual pass to the Valley zoo by entering a photo contest.

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Sep 04, 2013 04:16 |  #7

Be close to the fence with a wide aperture!


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Sep 04, 2013 20:30 |  #8

Scott M wrote in post #16264072 (external link)
My wife and I have a membership to the Detroit Zoo. We break even with the cost after two visits annually, but we usually visit 6-7 time per year -- so we get our money's worth out of the membership. We were just there last Sunday with some friends. You can see my zoo galleries here (external link).

Wow, you guys are sensible. I'm not even bothered about the £79, I would've paid more if it were expensive and forgotten about the money the next day. I am so happy with the membership.

Nice gallery, love it.

sliceotime wrote in post #16264233 (external link)
Try this, but be careful not to scratch your front element. I usually place my hand on the fence if possible and grasp the end of the lens with my index finger and thumb to control the distance from the fence.

http://www.digitalcame​raworld.com …otograph-through-a-fence/ (external link)

What a method will have to try it :D

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #16264242 (external link)
I'm a member of the Riverbanks Zoo. They don't have fences there thankfully.

So lucky. I'm Whipsnade zoo the only animals that are surrounded by glass are the Lions, everything else is fenced.

Scott M wrote in post #16264788 (external link)
Get as much separation as possible between the fencing and your subject, and get as close to the fence as possible. Then open up the lens, and you should be able to blur out most of the fencing.

There is only one exhibit at our zoo with fencing, and here is an example of making it disappear:

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I struggle more with exhibits with glass, as the glare is always a challenge. The new lion exhibit at our zoo is great for viewing the animals close, but the glass they used makes it almost impossible to get a good photo.

What an absolutely gorgeous shot, yours is much better, you can see the fence in mine.

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I know what you mean about the glass. It can obviously be dirty some times too and all the dirt shows up as bokeh covering all the detail.

dasher108 wrote in post #16264882 (external link)
I actually 'won' an annual pass to the Valley zoo by entering a photo contest.

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I envy you.

tonylong wrote in post #16266674 (external link)
Be close to the fence with a wide aperture!

Thanks :D


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Sep 04, 2013 21:43 as a reply to  @ Salma's post |  #9

Had a Columbus Zoo membership for years, still have the autographed Jack Hanna photo. Stopped going frequently enough to justify the membership.

Haven't been there since 2009, before that 2006 and both were at night in December for Wildlights. Last daytime visit was 2005, I really need to get back there. Maybe next summer.


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Sep 05, 2013 20:37 |  #10

Been a member of the San Diego Zoo for years now. I try and go at least once a month, but now I'm going to try for once a week. We also have another park that is part of the zoo called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park which is North of me and a little further away. Most of the animals at the Safari Park aren't behind bars, which makes it nice.
My membership lets me get in free to either one anytime and parking at the Safari Park is free too (usually $10 for non-member). I get coupons each year (guest passes, food discounts etc.) It's a great value for around $120 a year.


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Sep 06, 2013 09:53 |  #11

Litespeed wrote in post #16271642 (external link)
Been a member of the San Diego Zoo for years now. I try and go at least once a month, but now I'm going to try for once a week. We also have another park that is part of the zoo called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park which is North of me and a little further away. Most of the animals at the Safari Park aren't behind bars, which makes it nice.
My membership lets me get in free to either one anytime and parking at the Safari Park is free too (usually $10 for non-member). I get coupons each year (guest passes, food discounts etc.) It's a great value for around $120 a year.

Mine works out the exact same way.

Car park charge is usually £4 but mine's free and also I get to visit London zoo and also Whipsnade :oops:


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Sep 06, 2013 09:59 as a reply to  @ Salma's post |  #12

...bronx zoo, which also includes a free entrance to the brooklyn, queens, central park zoos and the aquarium in coney island! bronx zoo offers free wednesdays so i will not renew my membership! what can i say, im cheap!!! :)




  
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Sep 09, 2013 01:11 |  #13

Unfortunately not a big fan of Zoo's. Photo's like this are just too depressing:(.

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Sep 09, 2013 18:27 |  #14

I understand your concern. I would prefer that they all live in their natural homes too, but the reality isn't pretty out there. At least zoo's educate people to their plight.
The San Diego Safari Park is a breeding facility for endangered animals. They have returned many animals back to wild and brought them back from extinction. Look at the California Condor, they were almost completely wiped out but now they are making a recovery.


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Sep 10, 2013 15:31 |  #15

If you are shooting through glass then a cheap rubber lens hood cuts out any glare as you can place it directly on to the glass. Something like this (other sizes are available): http://www.ebay.co.uk …ain_0&hash=item​5d3f462cb1 (external link)

They also help with fencing as well as they prevent you pushing your lens on to the wire.


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