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Old Aug 30, 2011, 9:18 AM   #1
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Default Singapore Jurong Bird Park - pictures

Feel quite embarrassed that I seldom post here - Due to work, I hardly have any chance to take pictures at all. But this morning, there was a public holiday, and I could finally drop by at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park for half a day. Here are some shots for your viewing pleasure.

All taken using Pentax K-r with FA 300mm f4.5 with 1.5x teleconverter



















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Old Aug 30, 2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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These are some of the best bird photos I have ever seen
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Excellent series...good compositions, exposure and lighting, and nice and sharp. I remember visiting there manyyears ago on my travels through that part of the world. Nice to see some different looking birds.
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Wow, what a lovely series! Really awesome shot! Well done.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 7:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement.

The Bird Park is always my favorite spot because I can find the birds relatively easily and close without having the need to put in too much effort to locate them.
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What, you don't want to spend hours stalking a rare bird in some location, hoping you'll actually get a shot of it? I get frustrated trying to shoot the local birds, they always seem to be singing on the opposite side of the tree from me. I'm just no good at such things. I love this series, makes me want to visit an aviary some place.
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Some really fine poses, excellent feather detail, and great use of DOF to isolate the subject. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Beautiful series ! Were you using an off or on camera flash ? Next time I'm in Sing this is one place I'm definitely going to hang out !!
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Yes, I did used a Metz 50 AF-1, but I set its exposure compensation to around -0.7, and tilted its flash head slightly at an upward angle to prevent red-eye effects. Using flash is unfortunately necessary because of the lighting condition, but I usually don't take more than 5 shots per bird. The shutter speed is only around 1/160.

Anyway, if you ever visit the Jurong Bird Park again, do note that there are two aviaries there - Most of my shots are taken at the smaller one opposite Lory Loft near Lory Station. The other one with the man-made waterfall (located at waterfall station) is far more challenging because it simulates an african jungle with tall trees. Only my last shot of the woodpecker is taken there.

Do drop me a PM if you happen to come to Singapore. Perhaps we can go shooting together.
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Beautiful photos -- very sharp. And excellent lighting. That lens and TC combination works very well on your Kr.
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