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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Where the Wild Things Are

Today Mr. Rogue and I drove out to San Diego. We met my parents for breakfast and then we all went to the San Diego Wildlife Park. The only issue I had was trying to get my butt up at 4:50 in the morning – YUCK!

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Zoos although very interesting usually make me a little sad. I am a member at the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal park because I believe in conservation and education through zoos but seeing those animals in their cages just doesn’t feel right. The monkeys in particular with so many human habits and human expressions tear me apart. It’s like all complicated issues, about weighing the good and the bad and deciding the lesser of the two evils.

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CAPTIVITY, THE HAND OF A RED FACED GIBBON

I particularly like the room and handling of the animals at the San Diego Wildlife Park. The habitats are much larger than most zoos I have visited and the keepers do a ton of work with the animals outside the cages to better educate people about conservation and protection of our planet. Today we got to visit with a Caracal, it is great to get to interact with some of the animals without the bars.

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CARACAL

I do love this zoo and the wonderful wildlife photography it allows me to practice. My parents had their new lens, the 300mm, that they got for Christmas to play with and Mr. Rogue and I were super thankful for the second body that we got for Christmas; no more fighting over the single camera we used to have!

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ME AND THE BIG LENS, MR. ROGUE IN THE BACKGROUND WITH OUR MID ZOOM LENS

The only problem with having two cameras is that now we have TWICE as many photos. It took a good portion of today to go through my photos and edit them.

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SPOONBILL

As I become a better photographer editing becomes harder. When I first started there would inevitably be more photos out of focus or blurry because I had my settings wrong.

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SECRETARY BIRD

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SECRETARY BIRD

I would take photos of everything I thought looked cool instead of really considering the light, the pose, how far the subject was away from me and the background. Now that I know better what will make a good photo I take less photos that are obviously flawed throw-aways.

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PELICAN

Now I pretty much know what before I even raise the camera to my eye.

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GORILLA

I know what the various controls on my camera can do, I know the difference between aperture and f-stop and I know how to create the shot I want.

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On one side this knowledge has enabled me to get great photos but on the other side I now have a much harder time editing.

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In the early days nearly half of the 600 or so photos I would take during a day like today would be obvious throw away photos. Now almost all of the 600 or so photos I love.

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CHEETAH

It is so hard to choose and weed them down to a manageable number.

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GIRAFFE

I am now in my third year of photography I have learned so much but photography is a continuous learning process and I am excited for the years of joy this hobby will bring to my life.

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LESSER FLAMINGO

4 comments:

Jessica said...

So really, you just need a hard drive as big as your house and you'll be set :) Love these! Love the eyelashes on the secretary bird, the light play on the toucan looking thing, and the gibbon hand. :)xo

Adrienne said...

Stunning photography! The cheetah and the gorilla are my favorites. :)

paul peggy zeus said...

Really nice job. We had such a wonderful day together.

lilmansworld said...

i like zoos because it is so kid friendly. the animals, eh. your pics are just awesome!

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