A&P I love the Zoo :Hsdance:

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  1. MSTRBKR

    MSTRBKR New Member

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    These were taken on my D40. I had both my lenses (18-70 f/3.5-4.5 and 55-200 f/4-5.6) with me but I switched pretty early on to the 55-200 from the 18-70, so all these were done on that.

    You might see some reflections on some of these pics from the glass on the enclosures. I did my best to minimize this, however some of the pictures here had to be taken fast, as is the nature of animals.

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    Now these are just some amusing snaps I got.

    16. OM NOM NOM - An owl eats a whole baby chick :ugh:
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    17. An elephant opens his mouth to get some extra 'trunk distance' :bowdown:
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    C&C/critque/shoot me down :h5:
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    owls eat baby chicks!?!?!?!?


    :wtc:
     
  3. Yoritomo

    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    1. Update the firmware on your d40, not for any reason in particular, just that I noticed it in the exif.

    2. iso 400 and stop down to f/8 with the 55-200. If you can't stay at a decent shutter go ahead and stop down. In this case only because you're in lower light.

    3. some of the shots have a bit of softness probably due to camera shake... namely pic 5 and 16. I always turn auto iso on with min shutter speed at 1/125 when using the 55-200

    4. Pic 1 might have a bit of this but make sure to set exposure with the subject centered then reframing using the ae-l button to lock exposure. The d40 is heavily center weighted for metering even in matrix mode. Don't trust the light meter too much when shooting in manual mode, or only take the readings when on your subjects if shooting manual.
     
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    Noted.

    I think the softness was due to relatively low light. It was overcast yesterday. I don't think I got the shutter faster than 1/125 all day. Probably should have opted for ISO 400 across the board :o
     
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    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    I like 17 the elephant one the best.
     
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    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    One of the first things I tried to shoot after getting my 55-200 with d40 was a bird exhibition. Everything was set wrong heh and I really only got 4 or 5 usable in flight shots. Cloudy day, full zoom, birds flying = pain in the ass. That and I still suck :o
     
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    Work on your crop, dont zoom in so much. You cut off alot of the animals tails, noses.
     
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    I cut the two giraffes, yes.

    I didn't think getting the entire animal in for number 8 etc. was necessary :o
     
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    blown out sky in a few.
     
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    u ever eat eggs?
     
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    tons of em, but they're not fluffy and yellow and cute when i'm eating em. :squint:
     
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    Yoritomo dad's jar chimer

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    All the scrambled eggs I make are fluffy and yellow and cute
     
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    Not bad. They could use some PP and some seem pretty soft.
     
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    Yeah I needed to go ISO 400 and a faster shutter speed I think.

    How do I not blow it out?
     
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    Circular Polarizer or ND gradient filter
     
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    3, 4, 10, 14, 16
     
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    zoos are so cool, but so sad at the same time :hs:
     
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    4, 8, 11, 12 my favs
     

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