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Stephanie M. Stevens

member since: 4/20/2005
 

Zoo Photography Tip


I just wanted to share something I learned the other day at the San Diego Zoo, even though I think a lot of you probably already know this. If you have to shoot through bars, the best way to do it is to zoom out as far as you can. That way the bars will blur and be difficult to see, provided the animal is far enough away. However, if the sun is shining on the bars, they will be so bright they could ruin the pictures anyway, so you should try to position yourself so that you are shooting through shaded bars, if there are any. Hope this helps somebody somewhere.

7/19/2006 2:03:14 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  If digital or a negative that's to be scanned, if light is shining on the bars, you still might be able to hide that with some levels work with Photoshop.

7/19/2006 4:35:55 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  my mother in-law used to do that,my head was never in the shot.
but it was film,how did she do that?
thanks stephanie for trying to let us know how to get it right.without the fix and i'll take care of it later,in bs,oh typo,ps.
are your toes hurting from that?might have stepped on one.
gee I scratched my left eye today while mowing,pirate here,tried to get it into photoshop and fix it,still got the patch.
well I guess not in the photo?snake eyes looked cool.kind of a bart simpson on crack.
I don't even have a disclaimer.
i'm just hoping you can't all hate me at once,i could be wrong?
ok,oh have a nice day?
i'd sign this but then you'd know who I was.

7/19/2006 8:14:25 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Nitrogen levels still high I see.

7/20/2006 12:01:10 AM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  just trying to start trouble,thanks for the chuckle gregory.

7/20/2006 7:56:55 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
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member since: 3/17/2005
  Wait a minute !!! Sam, your mother-in-law is behind bars?? What's she in for and for how long? Should we send her an old view camera with a hack saw inside the bellows? Whaddya think? :>)))
Mark

7/20/2006 2:06:06 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  she should have been as many times as she cut my head off,or at least animal cruelty.thankfully i'm not part of that zoo,er family anymore.
by the way,does anyone know how to get those numbers off a mug shot?
thanks for the tip,sam

7/20/2006 2:52:16 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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member since: 6/27/2004
  ROFL @ Gregory!!!

7/20/2006 3:38:45 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
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member since: 3/17/2005
  Can you get that way from Helium too?
M.

7/20/2006 7:08:38 PM

 
Mike Rubin
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member since: 10/15/2004
  My father has that problem. Maybe they think it's artistic to cut off heads!
Thanks for the laugh.

7/20/2006 7:31:27 PM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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member since: 9/27/2001
  Stephanie, if there are wire cages involved you can eliminate them by doing a 'manual focus' on your subject while getting relatively close to the cages and that will all but eliminate the wires. I find that this works very well with my Nikon D200 - Allan W

7/25/2006 3:54:02 AM

 
Daniel G. Flocke
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member since: 12/31/2004
  I use a 300mm f/2.8 and a 500mm f/4.5 prime lenses when I'm at the Zoo. For the best results get as close to the bars as possible (without breaking the rules of the zoo), also, dont stop down the lens too much (F/2.8-5.6) or you will bring the bars back into focus again no matter how close you are.

Best of Luck,

~Daniel

7/25/2006 6:31:36 AM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  thanks very much allan and daniel,it all helps.nitrogen levels...to the bat cave robin.we must save gotham city.
oh boy..

7/25/2006 6:36:59 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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member since: 3/19/2005
 
 
  The Bat Cage
The Bat Cage
© Rob Zuidema
Canon EOS Digital ...
 
 
Yes Sam...to the bat cave, er...cage.

(I couldn't get quite close enough to the cage to 'focus out' the cage, though.)

7/25/2006 7:41:55 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  very neat image though.thanks

7/25/2006 8:03:57 PM

 
Ann Kittelsen
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member since: 6/19/2006
  Thank you,Stephanie, for sharing a tip when you learn it. I knew this but many may not have and if nothing else, we all got a good chuckle out of some of the responses. :)

7/26/2006 9:43:40 AM

 
Samuel Smith
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member since: 1/21/2004
  hey,this can be fun?
well allright..

7/26/2006 7:04:44 PM

 
Stephanie M. Stevens

member since: 4/20/2005
  What I meant was that bars in pics like Rob's would be much less noticeable if taken through bars that were shaded, instead of in sunlight.

7/27/2006 7:58:50 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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member since: 3/19/2005
 
 
 
Yes Stephanie, if the bars in that pic were shaded it would have been less noticeable, but if possible, it is better to get as close to the bars as possible. Then with a wide aperture, focus on the subject and the bars should almost disappear, like as in this picture here.

7/27/2006 8:26:57 PM

 
Rob Zuidema
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member since: 3/19/2005
 
 
  Lovebirds
Lovebirds
© Rob Zuidema
Canon EOS Digital ...
 
 
Yes Stephanie, if the bars in that pic were shaded it would have been less noticeable, but if possible, it is better to get as close to the bars as possible. Then with a wide aperture, focus on the subject and the bars should almost disappear, like as in this picture here.

7/27/2006 8:27:26 PM

 

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