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Old Dec 30, 2003, 3:19 PM   #11
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Wow! Great shots! You have caught a lot of them with their tongues sticking out :P

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Old Dec 30, 2003, 5:18 PM   #12
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I like all of them, but in particular the Clown Fish pic, as I know how hard it is to get good quality fish pics, having to contend with an inch of glass and the fact that the little buggers just dont understand what the term, stay still means...

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Old Dec 31, 2003, 2:54 AM   #13
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Second serie is great too, I love the flying bird serie.

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Old Dec 31, 2003, 9:33 AM   #14
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First let me say that I am still learning. What is the secret in the first set picture 3 to get the subject sharp and the background blurred for a fast action shot?
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Old Dec 31, 2003, 10:11 AM   #15
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The trick is called panning.

And here's how you do it.

in both scenario's you use a moderately low shutter, somewhere between 1/100 and 1/200 of a second, depending on the speed of the object. A tripod helps to avoid camera shake.

The hard way:
With most digital camera's you use manual focus to prefocus your camera at a spot where you predict the (fast) moving object will pass. when the object comes into view you follow it with your camera. When it comes at the place you predicted, you take the picture, still moving the camera with the object). at home you trow a lot pictures away, because for one reason of another the picture is no good.

The easy (expensive ) way:
You take a fast digital slr (Canon 10D in my case), add a fast focussing 70-200 f/2.8 lense with USM/HSM focussing (i used a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 ), enough memory (1 GB compact flash card). Put the camera in burst mode and AI Servo. You follow the object, the focussing system tracks and predicts where the object will be, you take a bunch (50+ in this case) photos, and at home you pick the best shots.
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Old Jan 3, 2004, 1:09 AM   #16
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:shock: Your initial post, I like # 9 #11 & # 14.

I really like the smooth, clear, "creamy" appearance in the (your) photos.

...I wanna a 10D! If only I had the funds :roll: Thank you for sharing!
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Old Jan 14, 2004, 10:28 PM   #17
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I didn't plan on going to the zoo again, but a frend from work asked me to come along, so i went , Funny, the questions you get when you're walking around with camera's like ours, i with a 10D + 70-200 f/2.8 Sigma, he used a Nikon D100 + 50-500 sigma (huge!). after 2 hours it started to rain so we did a lot of photographing at the aquarium.

So here's series 3: (the final one :?: )






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Old Jan 15, 2004, 6:05 PM   #18
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Default Great shots...

Wow, I really enjoyed seeing your photos. I haven't been to a zoo since I was a child.

My favorites:
First Series: 4(the downy feathers and that eye!), 8 (my favorite of all--the expression is priceless); 2nd Series: 1 (the tongue!), 8 (the eyes and tongue): 3rd Series: all the fish!

Thanks for sharing!

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