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Old May 31, 2008, 2:26 PM   #1
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Hi guys!

Seems I hardly ever get to use the camera these days, so excuse my random dis/appearances.

Went to Bristol Zoo today and they had a butterfly house so couldn't resist the chance to fire up the old 70-300 Macro lens!

Took tons of photo's and most weren't focussed where I wanted, so here's what was salveagable from the mountain of mess.





Had to use some agressive flash as the conditions weren't great in the hothouse.

Hope you enjoy them, looking forward to the start of the dragonfly season!
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Old May 31, 2008, 3:08 PM   #2
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I know the feeling about not using the camera enough - I am just as guilty.

Got some nice shots there though.

The hothouses aren't always the best for photography. I found that while autofocus works sometimes, the best approach seems to be to set the lens and sway your body, the same as for macros.

On another note, I am going to Somerset later this year, not that far from Bristol - what is the zoo like? Just in case the wife lets me go.....


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Old May 31, 2008, 3:33 PM   #3
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Thanks Dal!

Bristol Zoo isn't brilliant compared to most other large zoo's, but it's not bad. You really need to plan ahead to make the most of it if you want to take some nice photo's. The reptile/bird of prey/gorilla/etc demonstrations but it's very kid-centric so there will be lots and lots of kids. Seems more kids per head than something like Blackpool Zoo. Saying that though, it's still a nice day out.
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Pretty pictures of pretty butterflies. They are just generally difficult things to take pictures of, even under the best conditions.
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Very nice shots of hard to capture butterflies.
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Thanks both!
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Nice shots, glad you were able to salvage some, I always feel I let myself down when my shots seem unusable. Oh and thanks for the reminder re Blackpool zoo, I haven't been there since my daughters were young. It's only a short trip for me. ... Jack.
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