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Jun 24, 2008 13:06 |  #1

Hi,
Id be grateful if someone could give me some honest opinions on the following photographs taken this weekend at my local zoo.

It was my first outing with a Canon 100-400L attached to my 400d. The weather was very overcast, but i managed a few snaps.

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Any advice good or bad is appreciated.
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Jun 24, 2008 17:43 |  #2

Is that Chester Zoo? If so they have a talented new addition - I've never seen a meerkat do such a good impersonation of a marmot before :D
As you say, it was a very overcast day, which has made everything a touch grey. I would see what you can do with levels and curves to improve things.
Here's hoping we get some better weather soon :(




  
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Jun 25, 2008 01:47 |  #3

Ravenscroft wrote in post #5785209 (external link)
Is that Chester Zoo? If so they have a talented new addition - I've never seen a meerkat do such a good impersonation of a marmot before :D
As you say, it was a very overcast day, which has made everything a touch grey. I would see what you can do with levels and curves to improve things.
Here's hoping we get some better weather soon :(

Hi thanks for the feedback, yes its Chester zoo, does the plastic dome give it away ?

Thanks for spotting they werent meerkats, you did realise this was a test for the forum readers ???:oops:

I'll take a look at the curves and levels this evening, these images are straight out of the camera.

The weather was a real pain as it was nice last week then all of a sudden the weekend comes and its awful, im self employed so dont really have the luxury of taking a few midweek days out of the office as it costs me money, so i do rely on the weekends been nice. roll on Saturday.

Thanks again
Paul




  
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Jun 25, 2008 01:57 |  #4

Nice shots Paul although they are a tad soft which probably had to do with the fairly slow shutter speed you used at a pretty long focal length. Don't be afraid to use high iso's on your 400D to get a faster speed ;)


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Jun 25, 2008 03:05 |  #5

Nice set of shots there. Otters can be really difficult to shoot, the go so darned fast.

As stated, a higher ISO will give you higher shutter speeds. Using a flash for fill in can also help a great deal.


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Jun 25, 2008 07:19 |  #6

Did you use a tripod? Good poses just a bit soft which could be related to the f-stop used also? Good work overall.

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Jun 25, 2008 12:06 as a reply to  @ Glenn Abuja's post |  #7

Hi,
Thanks again for the feeback, I didnt use a tripod as the area was quite congested, I managed to shoot these over the top of my daughters head who was stood in front of me.

ISO was 400
Shutter Speed 125
F 5.6
Focal length 390.

So i'll take on board the comments about the iso and ill try cranking this up next time im in a similar position. This was more of a getting to know you session with the lens which i was absolutely thriled with.

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Paul




  
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Jun 27, 2008 16:39 as a reply to  @ pbeesley's post |  #8

very nice shots
hope you dont mind but this was taken while i was doing a patrol at work and thought i seen a fish rise in the river.Imagine my suprise when it turned out to be an otter and better still there was 2 off them.after sitting on bank whatching them play for 10 minutes i chanced my lg mobile.got some photo's of them but not that good i only wish i had my canon with me!!!!

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