Sunday, February 27, 2011


San Antonio Zoo

I entered this one in the 2011 KACC Images Exhibit (the annual members show June 30 - July 31). 
11x14 on glossy paper,  1-1/2-inch contemporary mount with black edges

The Hill Country Camera Club went on a field trip to the San Antonio Zoo this morning and a great time was had by all. I must say, photographing the animals in glass enclosures and through the fences is quite challenging! (This image was taken through a wire fence.) I'll be posting more of the zoo photos in my Flickr Photostream

Canon 20D with an EF 70-200mm /2.8L IS USM @120mm
ISO 400    f/3.2    1/80

Digital Darkroom:
-I'm learning to use the 'improved' Adjustment Brush in ACR 6.0 that came with CS5 and it is changing my workflow. More work with better results can be done in ACR than ever before. Yay! On this particular image I lightened the cheetah, darkened the background, bumped up the contrast & vibrance in ACR.
-In Photoshop I (of course) ran Topaz Adjust but this time it required just a hint of an adjustment because I'd done most of the work in ACR.
-A final curves adjustment layer to darken & bump up the contrast just a tad more
-Lovely & Ethereal free action from The Pioneer Woman
-Quick Edge Burn free action from The Pioneer Woman


1) If you're trying to shoot through the wire fences at the zoo and want to have the fence 'disappear'... shooting at a wide aperture (less than f/4) worked for me.  You'll have to use manual focus or really work at getting your auto focus point correct.  (Use a single focus point, not multiple focus points).

2)  If you have a telephoto lens learn what all the switches do!!  For instance, on the Canon telephoto lenses one of the switches is for setting the Focusing Distance Range. (If you're having trouble locking focus you may be too close to your subject  -  in which case you'd need to switch from the longer range to the shorter range.)  Stabilizer Mode 1 is the 'normal' mode.  Stabilizer Mode 2 is for panning. If you're using a tripod turn the IS off.  (These tips fall under the general category of... um... READ YOUR MANUAL! Seriously, there's lots of helpful stuff in there!)