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    A day at the ZOO

    Some shots through tight wire fence (thank God ) or glass windows, but still fun.

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    [This picture was terribly overexposed ;the white is all the background sky and sorry for cutting off the ear.]

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Some very good images.

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Hi Patrik,

    They are on the whole a good series and I'm well aware of the difficulties of zoo shooting

    Since you look to have done as good as possible with the captures, here are some ideas for PP that might slightly improve them;
    1. I would clone out the diagonal twig in front of the chest and selectively sharpen the eye a little - you need to do this on the full size version before downsizing and final sharpening, so that it then becomes as sharp as the feathers.

    2. I would extend the canvas on the right hand side by say 20px and clone on some of the background just to put a gap between the subject and the edge of the shot. Otherwise it's great; perfect focus on the eye with such a slim DoF.

    3. I'd clone out anything that distracts from the subject (shame they sit in the shade ), so that's all the dark and light things in distance at top of frame. Might be worth slightly lightening the foreground shadow on left and clone out the slate looking stone, overall, I'd consider a small clockwise rotation to make the ground level, even though I accept it may not have been in reality.

    4. Nice shot, if more space above, I'd include another few more percent above the head, but also lose a lot on the left to make this a portrait orientation shot with the subject looking more into the frame than out.

    5. Very nice, might benefit from another 50 pixels above the ear.

    6. Great timing; this really tells a story with their eating habits, it is obviously a shame with the stalks in front of the face, but there's not much you can do. Yes, having the horn and ear tips would be nice

    Never the less, a good series and my suggestions might help (I hope) in making them just a little better. (I'm not implying you have to, of course)

    Cheers,

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Wow.. An awesome set of pictures. You have captured that snake very well. & you can actually feel the authority & royalty of the tiger.

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Your wish is my command. ..thanks Dave. I will implement all your suggestions. Re. the snake I was lucky to get a good focus as this creature wasn't still for a second, had to chase it continuously.

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Thanks Sahil but the tiger is a lion. There was a white tiger couple at the zoo but hiding in a corner behind some bushes. All I could get was a blurry glimpse as attached.
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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    Sorry Sahil. Tiger is Royalty but Lions have their "pride"

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    Re: A day at the ZOO

    and of course, the Lion is "king of the Jungle"

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