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    A Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

    Saturday was such a beautiful day my wife and I decided to take the kids to the Pittsburgh Zoo. It was not too crowded considering the nice day. We wanted to go before it gets too hot in the summer and we wanted to avoid the holiday weekend coming up.


    For my son, this was a great day. He got to run around and tire himself out and we got to watch him gaze at all the animals in amazement. I also (when time permitted) got to snap some pictures. It can be quite challenging taking photos when you have to have one eye out for a two year old… but here is what I got. The majority of them are taken at 300mm. All PP in LR and CS5. Any comments always appreciated.

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    This Image was taken from behind glass... so I decided to give it some grain and a heavy filtered BW effect.
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    Re: A Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

    Hi Michael,

    As you'll see, I edited your post to add numbers and space things out a bit.

    I think I might have given 1, 2, 4 and 5 about half a stop less exposure, although I could be being fooled by something in PP, it looks like there's a hint of blowing on the odd highlights.

    #2 I'd like to have seen a few more pixels on the right hand side
    #3 I'd crop tighter on
    #5 also looks to tightly framed on the right and we've lost a bit of Lemur

    #1 and #4 are good as they are apart from the exposure (already mentioned)

    A good series.

    Cheers,

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    Re: A Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

    Hey Dave,

    I have to admit it you are right on all suggestions. The exposure was a bit of a problem all day from looking at the camera in the sun (then back to my two year old )
    #2 Now looking at the elephant I can see the edge is too close to the eye.
    #3 agreed
    #5 I kinda knew that but didn't want to crop too far in, in pp and have it completely centered. Obv the problem was with the initial framing.

    Thanks for the input Dave.

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    Re: A Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

    No worries.

    I'll be showing some shots from a zoo/safari park in a few of weeks in my P52 thread.

    You can see what you make of them, look out for "Week 17" when I post it - but I'm late and only on Week 11 at the moment.
    I have the shots, I just spend too long here!

    Cheers,

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