20 Images from Marwell Zoo (56k beware)

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  1. ksten

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    Hi everyone,

    I spent an enjoyable afternoon at Marwell Zoo yesterday. The weather was cloudy but bright with little or no strong sunlight.

    I had quite a lot of problems with wire mesh and dirty / reflective glass but I have now gone through all of my images and selected 20 which I like. I've PP'd these using a mixture of cropping, levels, curves, saturation and sharpening in PS.

    All images are links to my Flickr account where larger versions and Exif information can be found.

    1. Amur Leopard 1
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    2. Amur Leopard 2
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    3. Cheetah 1
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    4. Cheetah 2
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    5. Cherry Blossom
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    6. Copper Top
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    7. Disturbed Sleep
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    8. Eye of the Bongo
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    9. Eye of the Giraffe
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    10. Eye of the Rhino
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    11. Giraffe Queue 1
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    12. Giraffe Queue 2
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    13. Giraffes Kissing
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    14. Horns
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    15. Interrupted Meal
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    16. Lemurs
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    17. Meerkat 1
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    18. Meerkat 2
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    19. Meerkat Scratching
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    20. Ostrich Egg
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    All comments appreciated.

    Many thanks for looking.
     
  2. Gadget Daddy

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    great photo i love the rhinos eye pic...makes me feel for the guy, you seemed to have captured a great deal of sadness in his eye

    Pete
     
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    Great shots.

    Lovely and sharp. I think it's the Lemur shot for me - don't know why.

    All good stuff though.
     
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    Very nice no tiger or snow leapord pics then
     
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    very nice! #4 could do with the eyes bringing out to really finish it off
     
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    Thanks for sharing .. a very well taken collection with effective pp:smashin:
    #2,3,4,6,7, & 17 stand out for me
     
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    Great shots! We went down there over the Bank Holiday and had a fantastic day out.
     
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    These are great. The closeups do it for me - the eyes and the horns. They're a really good set. I keep meaning to make the trip to Chester Zoo, but I often find zoos quite sad places. I know my son would find it really interesting though.
     
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    Superb collection of shots!! :thumbsup:

    I'm really liking No. 3, all the shots are nice and sharp, great job.

    I was thinking of going to this zoo in the next couple of months, definitely going to take the trip now :smashin:
     
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    #2, #4, #7 and #16 for me out of a bunch of nice photos. I like your tight framing/cropping and you have captured some great catchlights in the eyes of some of your subjects. Well done.
     
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    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Cruncher75 - I took quite a few shots of the tigers there but I didn't think any were good enough to post unfortunately. I struggled with photographing through wire mesh and glass so I captured very few sharp images. Those that were reasonable weren't particularly interesting. I didn't see a snow leopard though.

    Mattym - Thanks for the comment. I will look into attempting to bring out the eyes - any tips for how to go about it? I often struggle when selectively making changes to parts of the image - the boundary often looks unnatural so maybe I'm not feathering the selection by the appropriate amount?

    Tryingtimes - I've not been to a zoo for many years and I was glad to see the animals looking so well. As PeteB_2000 said, the Rhino in particular did look sad so it does make you think - no matter how good the zoo is, they are never going to be able to perfectly simulate a wild environment.

    I need to start thinking about where to go next now. I would like to go to Kew Gardens at some point but I think I'll invest in a macro lens first.

    Thanks again everyone.
     
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    Congratulations on your 8000th post Gordon!
    It was your first 'event' in Glasgow about 5 years ago (argh) which introduced me to the world of CRT projectors (and Roland). I've been a happy owner ever since.
    It's great to see that you're still helping people get the most from their systems as enthusiastically as you were back then :thumbsup:
     
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    Yea there are right at the very end of the park as u go past the rhinos up on the left had side see my pics of them http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489787
     
  15. ksten

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    Oh right. Thanks. Not sure how I missed them!? Perhaps I was avoiding the road train on its rounds!

    I like your photographs by the way. You've managed to get some good ones of the tigers which I failed to do. I also like number 11 - the curve of the horns and the shadows appeal to me.

    Cheers.
     
  16. ksten

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    Hi again,

    I've had a bit of a play with the "Cheetah 2" image to try to bring out the eyes after Mattym's useful comment. Please let me know if you think this still looks natural or if I could do anything differently:

    21. Cheetah 2 Eyes
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    I've also found an average image of a Tiger - the best of a bad bunch I'm afraid. It had very obvious blurred wire mesh in the foreground which I've tried to remove all trace of. This involved cropping, levels, curves, saturation and some burning (Which I've not done very much of before). Please let me know your thoughts:

    22. Tiger
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    Thanks again.
     

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