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Old May 26, 2010, 6:13 AM   #1
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Mostly taken, last week, at 800 ISO once the light started to fade (except the Swan & the Geese, taken around 15.00 I guess) and I was on my way out of the zoo. All have had some super quick PP (cropping, curves and sharpening in Aperture 3), less than 1 minute per photo.

All taken in MF (except the Swan I believe - with a Tamron 70-300, is that over-exposed ? It looked fine after editing but now seems much brighter than I remember) with CZJ Electric Sonnar 135mm

I can't really remember what they are, though I'm sure some of you will know better than me - Sorry ! The raptor is a Grey Faced Buzzard Eagle. Couldn't do anything about the background for the 5th one I'm afraid.
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Old May 26, 2010, 6:15 AM   #2
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and a couple more ....... I do know these are a West African Crested Ibis and a Kookabura !

Strange - all of these seemed much sharper before uploading and all were reduced to no larger than 1024 on the long side and less than 250k.
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What great captures of the varied colors and patterns, and the diversity of personalities! Hard to choose a favorite, although the last is a real standout!!
The line of ducks is really cute, the Hawk face is quite dramatic, and #5 (yellow & black bird) is just bursting with personality.
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Good job Kev!
Yeah, the swan is a little over exposed but, still a cute pose.
I really like #6 a lot and of course the eagle is fantastic, I have a thing for eagles.
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nice shots i love them all.
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Old May 26, 2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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Mole - thank you for your kind comments !

Thank you GW ! Yes, I think I have to do a little more work on the swan. I really liked the Ibis too as it came it pin sharp. Love than lense !

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Some very cool birds. The hawk is right on.... great job with exposure and focus....
of course, the gold and red birds are great and fascinating to me.

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Thanks Paul !

I was at the zoo again today so more photos on the way this weekend.
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I have a problem with the color of the first and second shot, almost looks like the wb for a flash during the day.

But those others were great, love the hawk and Kookabura.

Concerning sharpness, you can blame that on the browser for not doing what it should with those pictures.

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I didn't use flash and the WB was on auto, so I think :

1st shot - I'm sure that I overexposed that one trying to balance the beak with the black body.
2nd shot - if it doesn't look right to you then I think that was my error in PP as it was definitely OK straight out of the camera !

Thanks for all your comments Ronny !
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