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Post by pop511 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:17 am

Here in Sydney we have Taronga Zoo.
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My fav is the lion, almost as handsome as the photographer... :)
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Post by LindaShorey » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:21 pm

The perspective, dark background and close framing of the lion combine to create a handsome portrait. Regal and serious.

In #2 have you considered cloning out, or toning down, the bright foreground leaves on left? My eye went there immediately. As personal preference I'd enjoy seeing more of the tiger in focus, but from your exif I know you were dealing with light issues. Certainly a terrific job shooting through glass. Any fail-safe tips to share?
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Post by pop511 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:17 pm

Linda;
Nice pick up on the leaves. It doesn't bother me, but would improve pic if cloned out.
Shot with a 400mm lens, so yeah, focus is tight. There seems to be a slight colour shift in tiger photo, caused by shooting through the glass? Or the tiger shadowed in green foliage.
"Any fail-safe tips to share?"
Oh gosh I don't know. Many of the big animals have very large enclosures, so you will need the biggest lens you have.
My start off point with telephoto is to set shutter speed to 1X focal length. IE: If at 300mm, set shutter speed to 1/300 sec and go from there.
The lion is a crop. He had another lion to his right.
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Post by minniev » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:40 pm

Very good images, zoo shots are challenging to get this nicely. Great facial detail in both these. Like Linda, I'm not crazy about the bright foreground leaves, but they'd be easy to get rid of. The image is so nice, it's worth the trouble to remove them.

The detail you have in these, and the way you've shot them to minimize typical zoo distractions, made me think of this article, and wonder how these might look processed similarly.http://mymodernmet.com/wolf-ademeit-animals-photography/
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:38 pm

'f I were King of the Foresssssst,
(Not queen, not duke, not prince.)
My regal robes of the forest, would be satin, not cotton, not chintz.
I'd command each thing, be it fish or fowl.
With a woof and a woof and a royal growl...
(OK)

I think the lion really does rule. That's a terrific portrait! I agree that Tiger's bright leaf could go, but my first thought is not to remove it but to select it and cut both the brightness and the saturation. If I had made it that's probably what I would try first.
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Post by pop511 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:17 pm

Damn it Charles. I can see the quote and I can see the movie, But I'm darned if I can remember the name of the movie!!
You guys and gals picking on poor little ol' me. A bit of editing to cheer you up.
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Post by pop511 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:32 pm

A few more;
I cropped the Koala. Other than that, no work done on them.
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Post by pop511 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:54 pm

Minniev;
I missed your B&W remark, so I thought, why not.
Not processed perhaps in the way you will like, but the mother looks like my wife and I gotta have fun with her... :D :D
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Then back in P/S /Filter gallery. Texture/grain/regular/intensity 18/contrast 50
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Post by LindaShorey » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:38 pm

The second set: the red panda is a beauty and I like the bit of wild, dangerous feel. A slight crop from top and a bit more from the right made me feel even more involved. For #3 (a leopard?) I wonder how would look with the pink changed to a different color. I don't see the current color as adding anything to the impact, but seems like there might be other ways to utilize the "barriers."
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:11 pm

pop511 wrote:Damn it Charles. I can see the quote and I can see the movie, But I'm darned if I can remember the name of the movie!!
You guys and gals picking on poor little ol' me. A bit of editing to cheer you up.

I'm sorry, Ed! :doh: It's The Wizard of Oz (1939). Bert Lahr played the Cowardly Lion. Here in the States I think it is rerun on cable television fairly often, and it was still reappearing in theaters when I was a wee lad. That's what made me think of it as soon as I saw your regal lion!

And the tiger looks great without the small distraction. (OK)
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