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Old Jun 17, 2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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I needed to test 2 recent aquisitions (That sent me broke and no food to eat )...

The vivitar 90mm 2.8 which gives decent photos but is not on par with the true macro lenses. The aquarium is a dark place, so I failed to get decent shots in my previous attempts.
So here are some shots that I thought could be presentable



















Keep in mind that the glasses of the tanks were also not very clean.
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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Then I changed my gear to the da 55-300mm;









And there was a small pond with a singke flower that caught my eye;


And also a small garden near the resting cafe;


And then back to animals..



We met a old friend who posed for our shots like a true model









It was noon and hot, and my friends started complaining so we rushed the rest of the zoo..
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 10:54 PM   #3
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And finally ;





Hope you enjoyed my small tour
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 12:45 AM   #4
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Hi Chess .... yes I enjoyed looking at those.

A couple of tips from someone who also loves shooting in zoos

Take an old rag dipped in glass cleaner with you to clean the outside of the glass, and shoot at a 45 degree angle to negate reflections from the glass (try to shield the lense as much as possible - even holding the rag against the glass over the lense) - it may help you to get clearer shots but not if the inside of the glass is dirty of course !

When shooting animals try to exclude as much of the zoo environment as possible, so no posts, wire, signposts etc. etc. Reducing DoF and a little PP can often do the job if it's not possible to exclude something entirely.

When shooting through mesh put the camera up against it ... it won't show up on your shots !

Looks like you had a very enjoyable day !
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Thanks for the tour, did enjoy it,

really like the owl, looks kinda different from most that I've seen.
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Enjoyed it very much!
The last one of the parrot fish is hilarious.
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Fantastic shots mate!
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Some amazing fishy faces, and wonderful captures of the "bigger critters" too. Thanks for sharing!
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I think the shots from the aquarium are excellent. What with no flash, shooting through the aquarium glass, fish in motion and fluroscent lighting they turned out very good. The one of the puffer looks especially good.

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I enjoyed the set. I think the one of the bug leaving the flower is very interesting.
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