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Old Mar 13, 2010, 9:14 PM   #1
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Default Couple of Photos from the Zoo today

Wouldnt you know it. Sun was out ALL day until I went to the zoo with my wife and daughters. Then of course the clouds come in. I set the camera to Clouds for the White Balance. I think it could be better, but what can you do
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The cloudy WB worked well in my opinion. I find the colors very normal and natural. The accuracy of the colors is always a good cross check on the WB.
All in all, very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

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Thanks Sarah. This is a WHOLE lot harder than I thought it might be. I took about 80 photos and really only about 20 of them were useable.
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As you more accustomed to the FZ-35, that percentage will change.

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You should find eventually that some of your best photos will have been taken when there is cloud cover. The reason is quite logical. Digital cameras have limited dynamic range. Cloud cover produces a more even (less dynamic) lighting plus shadowing is less. Photo books will tell you that one of the most difficult lighting situations is actually 12 noon (sun overhead) & I can agree with that from experience. It is a constant battle with avoiding shadows & either blown highlights and/or under exposed areas.

FZ35 has built-in processing/compensation for better dynamics & so is expected to be a better performer than previous FZ models at least in this regard.

Finally, the flamingo is fine. Very evenly exposed & the detail is very good. The giraffe could have used a bit of EV throttling, but IMO the issue is that the back drop is too close to the color of the animal so the contrast is low. You may want to try some photo shop tricks with that one.
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Man, I gotta figure out photoshop! I have Adobe Lightroom 2.6, so I could get that figured out first I guess
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Here is another one that I kind of like.
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These look like fun shots.

My wife and I spend a lot of time taking pics at our local zoo. We're usually there more during off-season times because it's less crowded.

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Jack,...your pictures look very good to me. There's nothing quite like large animals as subjects. I'd say 20 good pictures in a one day visit is pretty darn good.
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Actually, if you like the modified giraffe, then it was basically a one click operation in PE2. Mainly, click "auto adjust levels". I cropped it to better attract focus on the animal itself (at least that was the thought).

As for me, I mostly use the simple, high level tools provided with the simpler Photo Elements program. These capabilities include:

- Auto adjust levels
- Color variation
- Add a frame
- Crop
- Smudge (take out imperfections)
- Bulk sharpen (off the filter menu)
- Add a simple texture

Noth'n fancy.

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