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Little details makes a difference in your photos.

I’m starting a new series of articles on tips to improve your photography, i will use photos that i took and show how i got them, how i made changes in the field to get what i wanted or how to improve them during the processing.

Little details can make-or-break a good shot, you have to pay attention in the field while you compose before you press the shutter button. If you wait until your subject have a better posture or better light falling on it, this is part of becoming a good photographer. Another way to improve a photo is during the post processing by adjusting the levels, color balance etc….. but also cropping to fine tune your composition.

I selected a photo of a Jaguar that i took at the Granby ZOO this week to show you some of the things that I did to end up with the finished shot. I had no choice but to shoot through a thick and dirty glass and handheld (I didn’t take my tripod with me). I used my Canon 7D with the 400mm/5.6 L, 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 400.

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On this photo the head of the Jaguar is turned just enough that we don’t see all the details of it’s eye and the photo loose some impact.

 

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I took several shots of this Jaguar and finally got a good one that we can see all the details in it’s eye. This is before doing any Processing, see below for the final resulting image after the processing.

 

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After selecting the photo with my subject in the best position, I needed to do some Processing, i adjusted levels and contrast as usual. The OOF background in the upper right corner was distracting to my eye, so I cropped the photo to eliminate it, now the viewers eye don’t get distracted by it.

 

 

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Jaguar at the ZOO.

Yesterday we went to the Granby ZOO which is open even during the winter, it’s different to see the animals in the snow. I’m not finished processing my photos but here is one that i was surprised that came out sharp since it was taken through a thick dirty glass.

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Taken with my Canon 7D and 400mm/5.6 L.


Visit at the Ecomuseum, a local ZOO.

My 10 years old girl is in vacation of school for the Christmas and new years weeks and she wanted to visit our local ZOO, the Ecomuseum of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, which is a short drive from my home. It’s not a big ZOO but always fun to go with the kids and they made some improvements this year to the enclosures of some of their animals.

Even in a ZOO i like to use long lenses to concentrate on the animal and not showing the enclosure, so for all the photos posted here i used my Canon 7D with my 400mm/5.6 L. I always try to get as natural looking photos as i can. But in some occasions i did exactly the opposite and showed the fences, not this time, probably next time i will try to do that and show the animals against their limits.

Close-up of a Caribou.

Another close-up of a Caribou.

 

Gray Wolf.

Big Raccoon in a tree.

Gray Wolf taking a rest.

 


Weekly photo, 04 May 2014

This week i didn’t had much time so i will post a photo i took when we visited an Ecomuseum on Easter day with my family. The ZOO keepers showed animals to the public and we were able to get very close and learn about the animals.

Great Horned Owl close-up taken at the Ecomuseum of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Canon 7D with 70-200mm/4L + TC 1.4 X II.