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Leopard resting in a tree in Kruger Park South Africa
D610 at f 6.3, 1/2500, ISO 1250 adjusted in lightroom
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Check your equipment for zoo diving.

3D - Cologne - Zoo: Finding Nemo - YT3D
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Christoph Overkott

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Don't look at animals but look them into the eyes.

3D - Bonn - Zoological Museum Koenig - YT3D
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Peter Holloway

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One of the regular problems that beginners in photography make is to fail to isolate the subject from the background. When taking portraits it’s very tempting to ask your subject to stand right in front of something that really just distracts from the…
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 Taking good shots at zoos isn't as easy as it first appears, but +Duncan Heather  from MyPhotoSchool has all the advice you need to make your next visit a roaring success. 
 
Taking good shots at zoos isn't as easy as it first appears, but Duncan Heather from MyPhotoSchool has all the advice you need to make your next visit a roaring success. 
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Windows To The Soul

Gorillas are surprisingly expressive creatures, or at the very least, appear to display a range of emotions. While this makes them incredibly rewarding subjects, it also makes photographing them in captivity a particularly unsettling experience. I shot this during a recent excursion to the local zoo with a #canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L (a fantastic lens for wildlife photography - fast, easy to operate accurate and sharp). The viewing gallery was closed, so I actually had to shoot this through a slightly misty glass, but the results still yielded a keeper!

Camera/Settings:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 2000

Processing:
This was a challenging shot to process. I had shot this one through water stained glass on a rainy day (hence the high ISO), and the original shot was actually much more zoomed out than this. I had limited, less than ideal, pixel real estate to work with so I tried to be gentle with the processing in #lightroom5

I cropped to square to isolate the wonderful expression on the gorilla's face and get rid of background/foreground clutter, and converted to B&W to tone down the bright green foliage in the background. I then used the brush tool to selectively burn the background to further increase separation between subject and background. Finally, I finished off with some noise reduction, sharpening and vignetting.

#sfzoo #sanfranciscozoo #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #silverbackgorilla #canonusers #plusphotoextract #hqspmonochrome #hqspwildlife 
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Breaching Humpback Whale - Lahaina Roads, Hawaii

Composition:
I shot this on a sunrise whale watching trip off the island of Maui. I had been having a hard time keeping a steady hand as the boat pitched and rolled on the sea swells, and was constantly mistiming my shots of these two whales in the distance. Finally I just went snap happy and prayed I got something. This is that something - A 100% crop of a silhouetted humpback whale breaching.

Camera/Settings:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200mm, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 100

Processing:
This is a 100% crop of the original shot, so I had very little leeway in my processing. Post crop, I made very basic edits to correct white balance, de-noise and sharpen in #lightroom4 

#hawaii #maui #whalewatching #canonusers #landscapephotography  #naturephotography #wildlifephotography
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Orca Season in Punta Norte Peninsula Valdes Patagonia Argentina.
http://eco-lodge-en.blogspot.com/2012/03/orca-season-in-punta-norte-peninsula.html
Between late February and late April you can see the Orcas from shore.At Punta Norte sea lions colony. The high tide mark is the likely timetable orcas attack. There are 2 high tides per day and 2 low tides, with an interim period stationary, about 20 minutes. The schedule of the tide goes out running every day between 20 minutes and a little over an hour later with respect to the previous day.
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Cosmin Anton

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+Grégory ROHART
...than what?
Cheaper and lighter than a 500mm prime.
About the same price point as my Sigma 150-500.
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Azhar Khan

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Light in the Darkness - the difference between good and outstanding images 
Light is the cornerstone of all photography, and the search for perfect light is a large part of every photographer's lifelong search for the perfect image. Although the perfect image probably doesn't exist, we all still want to get as near as possible to the myth. A big step in the right direction involves finding unusual situations in which a subject appears especially radiant or particularly well highlighted. When we are photographing nature or wildlife, this "special" type of light occurs in the early morning, shortly before and after sunrise, and in the evening around sunset. Dramatic changes in weather are often accompanied by unusual light, and a brewing storm always produces a unique visual mood. In contrast, perfect "vacation weather" with bright sunshine and blue sky is not always a wildlife photographer's best friend .... 

Read and see my article for better pictures in Africa my Googl+ friends

#africa   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #photographytips  
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Standing Proud

Tip: When it comes to wildlife, patience makes all the difference between a 'meh' snapshot and a keeper. 

Another shot from a recent trip to #sfzoo, shot with a rented Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6 L lens from #borrowlenses on my first and only outing with this fantastic piece of glass. The zoo is home to a couple of rescued bald eagles, who sadly cannot fly any more, but it doesn't stop them from looking appropriately handsome perched on the trees of Eagle Island. 

I must have taken over 25 shots of this one bird, as it twitched and fidgeted, oblivious to my increasingly aching arms, struggling to hold up a 100-400 lens mounted on a 5D Mark II. While none of them were 'bad', this one finally gave me what I was looking for - accurate focus, perfect pose, and the right exposure. 

Camera/Settings:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 2000

Processing:
- Very minimal processing in #lightroom4 since I shot this one on an overcast day, giving me a nice even exposure.
- Minor shadow/highlight adjustments to even out exposure, followed by adjustments in white and black levels to increase contrast.
- Sharpening and noise reduction, especially color noise
- Vignetting to focus attention on the bird.

#canonusers #naturephotography #eagles #sfzoo #baldeagle #plusphotoextract #hqspnaturephotography #hqspbirds #wildlifephotography #birding #birdphotography 
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Lunchtime

A juvenile grizzly bear enjoys his lunch at SF Zoo. 

Camera/Settings:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 1600

Processing:
Minimal processing in #lightroom4, starting with highlight/shadow recovery, followed by conversion to B&W, contrast/clarity adjustments and a square crop with moderate vignetting to bring focus to the bear's face.

#sfzoo #grizzlies #grizzlybear #naturephotography #naturemonday #wildlifephotography #canonusers #plusphotoextract #hqspwildlife #monochromeworld #monochromemonday #blackandwhitephotography 
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5 Most Common Mistakes in Wildlife Photography - and how to avoid them
Animals, especially wild ones, make such beautiful subjects that we cannot resist turning our cameras on them to capture images of these majestic creatures in their natural state.

Unlike a landscape, creatures are constantly in motion, and unlike most people, they can be pretty uncooperative when it comes to getting their picture taken. This can make for a lot of botched pictures.

In my lastest article on +Digital Photography School - dPS you'll find a few tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of wildlife photography.

#photographytutorial #photographytips #photographytipsandtechniques   #wildlifephotography #digitalphotography #10000photographersaroundtheworld
#hqspromotion #hqspanimals  
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Hunter's gaze

This month, I learned some interesting, sort of obvious in retrospect, tidbits about snapping great wildlife shots. 

1) You don't have to blow thousands on an exotic safari, there's plenty of awesome shots to be made at your local zoo! 
2) Timing is everything! Your subjects are wild animals who do not care about how heavy your telephoto lens feels handheld. Sometimes waiting for an animal to turn ever so slightly can make all the difference.
3) Cropping is inevitable. Even with a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L lens rented from the good people at +BorrowLenses.com, I had to crop this shot significantly (this is a ~50% crop) to get the framing I wanted, and this is with the lioness only about 50 feet away! 
4) Shutter is your priority. Trial and error has taught me that when it comes to wildlife, a fast shutter is the most important factor in getting those crisp, sharp shots. So I set everything else (Aperture, ISO, Focus) to auto, pick a fast shutter speed (e.g. 1/1000s) that will compensate for camera shake and rapid subject movements, and then focus solely on composition. Modern cameras and post-processing software can work miracles with noise, so unless you know a better way, this is a good way to get started and end up with usable shots. 

I won't get into the ethical debate about keeping animals in captivity (most animals at the SF zoo are rescue animals, for what it's worth), but if you want to hone your wildlife photography skills before plopping down thousands on gear and travel, rent a nice telephoto lens and stop by your local zoo! 

Camera/Settings:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 400mm, 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO 1600

Post Processing:
Light adjustments to whites and blacks, added contrast and clarity, cropped to 1:1 ratio, reduced noise, increased sharpness and added vignette in #lightroom4 

#wildlife #wildlifephotography #sfzoo #sanfranciscozoo #canonusers #naturephotography #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #plusphotoextract #hqspmonochrome 
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Thank you for the great tips
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Sumant Tapas

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Hello everyone. I am back after many days with a new camera. This time and finally its a DSLR Canon 600D (Rebel T3i in the United States). Believe me guys clicking the button on DSLR to click photos feels much better than  cl...
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Whoah, this photographer has balls of steel!
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The photographer in question gave an interview on Good Morning America this morning. It gives better insight into what led up to that encounter if anyone wants to look it up.
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Hank Christensen

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A pied-billed grebe swims close to its young chick, Milpitas, CA.  I got a tip that this grebe had hatched several chicks and would head out early morning to fish for them.  I got to the lake very early and set up by the shore, wanted to get into position so that when the grebes emerged, I wouldn't spook them.  

When working with water birds, getting your lens down close to water level is critical in creating eye contact with the animal.  This establishes an emotional connection with the viewer that cannot be achieved if the photo is taken looking down at the bird.  In this case, I got down on my belly behind my lens, goose poop and all.  (Sometimes bringing a ground cloth is not a bad idea!)

My patience was rewarded by the emergence of the adult grebe, and soon, her chicks.  For the most part, she was busy diving for food while the chicks were clustered together.  But after the feeding frenzy, she got closer to her chicks and I was able to capture a nice moment between the adult and this little guy.  As they got closer to each other, they came within the same focal plane of my camera, looked at each other, and click.  

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