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Marlin65
01-30-2010, 05:23 AM
I managed to get this shot the other day I know its not fish but I am pretty exited about it anyway and wanted to share with all of you.
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg94/hikingtrigger/ZooJan2010082.jpg

es355lucille
01-30-2010, 05:25 AM
Tell us the story! How close were you to this cat?

What a beautiful picture!

fishoholic
01-30-2010, 05:26 AM
WOW great picture, thanks for sharing.

Delphinus
01-30-2010, 07:01 AM
Wow awesome!!

the marine apprentice
01-30-2010, 07:16 AM
wow wicked shot, i think that kitty needs to brush its teeth lol.
good shootin

kien
01-30-2010, 07:21 AM
That's a mark of a true photographer right there. Get the shot first, then RUN! :lol:

SeaHorse_Fanatic
01-30-2010, 08:17 AM
You were far too CLOSE to an animal that could have killed, eaten & pooped you out btw:lol:

Beautiful pic.

burrows14
01-30-2010, 08:29 AM
beautiful shot! Nice work!

Leah
01-30-2010, 11:40 AM
Is it bad to relate with this image. :bounce:

Triggz
01-30-2010, 05:57 PM
Wow! Awesome pic! I use the same camera (canon 30d) and was just wondering what lenses you are using. I am in the market for a decent macro lens.

Ryan

mark
01-30-2010, 07:10 PM
great pic, now let's hear the details

workn2hard2day
01-30-2010, 07:26 PM
Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Marlin65
01-30-2010, 08:21 PM
Sorry to disappoint everyone but it was taken at the Vancouver Zoo.:mrgreen:
So no need to run away.:lol: I have taken lots of bear shots when hiking, but cougars are very elusive and are usually starving when seen in the wild.
The shot was taken with my 75-300 DO lens that is why you can't see the fence. I just really like this picture as he was stretching in the sunlight at the time.

daddy01
01-30-2010, 09:02 PM
Great shot! I would have made up some near death experience to go with it tho', just to add excitement to the cool picture.LOL
Jim

busypencil
01-31-2010, 05:39 PM
Just wondering if I could get permission to try and paint the cougar. Not a profesional at all just a amature. Great shot. Nice lighting

Marlin65
02-01-2010, 05:05 PM
Sure go ahead paint away.

sphelps
02-01-2010, 07:26 PM
Great lighting, subject and composition but poorly executed. The shutter speed was too slow for the amount of zoom resulting in fairly obvious motion blur. If this shot was taken in the wild it would be excusable since any amateur photographer would be shaking in fear and the story would compensate for the blur. However since it was at the zoo you could have quickly adjusted the settings or used some kind of brace. I only bring this up because IMO it's clearly not your best work and judging by your equipment and other photos you can do better. Plus this is the photography forum :wink:

busypencil
02-02-2010, 04:45 AM
Thanks Marlain65 I will see when I get time.

Marlin65
02-02-2010, 04:46 PM
Great lighting, subject and composition but poorly executed. The shutter speed was too slow for the amount of zoom resulting in fairly obvious motion blur. If this shot was taken in the wild it would be excusable since any amateur photographer would be shaking in fear and the story would compensate for the blur. However since it was at the zoo you could have quickly adjusted the settings or used some kind of brace. I only bring this up because IMO it's clearly not your best work and judging by your equipment and other photos you can do better. Plus this is the photography forum :wink:


Thanks for the feed back.
Dont forget though that the motion blur you are referring to is the fence as it was shot free hand on a spur of the moment threw the fence. He was walking around and only posed for this shot for a few seconds. If I had come there just to shoot I would have brought my tripod and set up to take the best shot possible, but for a hand held shot at a shitty angle on a spur of the moment I think it came out fairly well. I will try the faster shutter speed next time though.

sphelps
02-02-2010, 05:59 PM
Just remember to use at least double the inverse zoom for your shutter speed, it should be automatically built into your brain so as you zoom in you're increasing your shutter speed accordingly at the same time. You can set your ISO to auto (within a preset range) or adjust it manually for the lighting.

Also keep in mind that 300mm is huge for hand-held, and without a lot of light it'll be difficult to take a fast enough shot. At 200mm the composition would have been equally good and the speed would have been much more manageable.

Marlin65
02-02-2010, 06:02 PM
Great tip will try to remember that thanks.

Alleycat_99
02-09-2010, 01:19 AM
he must of taken it from a national geographic mag or the zoo lol

Delphinus
02-09-2010, 01:58 AM
Just remember to use at least double the inverse zoom for your shutter speed, it should be automatically built into your brain so as you zoom in you're increasing your shutter speed accordingly at the same time.

Sorry but can you elaborate a little? I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around the "double the inverse zoom" part.

sphelps
02-09-2010, 03:53 AM
Sorry but can you elaborate a little? I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around the "double the inverse zoom" part.
Shutter speed is displayed as a fraction of a second, for example 1/250 of a second. Zoom is in mm, so if you're shooting at 200mm then you should aim for a minimum of 1/400 shutter speed. I maybe should have said double the zoom then inverse. Its just a rule of thumb and of course there are exceptions.

Delphinus
02-09-2010, 04:51 AM
Ohhh ok, guess that makes sense, thanks. Cool!

Marlin65
02-09-2010, 05:46 AM
EFIX Data 5.6 aperture 300mm 100 ISO 1/250 Exp
Hard to judge this shot without the EFIX data so here you go it has got some great reviews on the other photo sites.:mrgreen: It is a bit on the dark side though.

paddyob
11-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Wow! Awesome pic! I use the same camera (canon 30d) and was just wondering what lenses you are using. I am in the market for a decent macro lens.

Ryan


Thats definitely not a macro lens. Ha ha!

paddyob
11-27-2010, 05:04 PM
EFIX Data 5.6 aperture 300mm 100 ISO 1/250 Exp
Hard to judge this shot without the EFIX data so here you go it has got some great reviews on the other photo sites.:mrgreen: It is a bit on the dark side though.


Do you have photoshop? You could easily bring the balances back into line.

I must say that it is a great shot.... National Geographic "quality" or not.... you caught a good moment and I don't think many people would have!

Marlin65
11-27-2010, 06:10 PM
Thanks I thought so too.:redface:
I really like the way he/she was posing at the time.
I did not have a lot of time to set up the shot so it was hand held and shot with the settings I had set at the time.