In the reptile house (7 pics)


Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 20:43
Evening all. Whilst at the zoo last week, the reptile house was a bit of a refuge as it was a welcome respite from the cold. However, it is a tricky place to photograph it's contents: really dark inside (with each tank having it's own light source - generally producing some pretty unique colour casts), the subjects are often well hidden, and the glass has condensation on the inside and greasy smears on the outside! but having said all that, I had a good go with the DA* 200 on my K7, and here are some results. As ever, C&C welcomed and I hope you like them:

First up, a colourful lizard which I think is a skink (although I could be wrong):


Dozing on a ledge:




and then, just outside the reptile house, a put-upon-looking Galapagos Tortoise:

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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 20:57
A cracking set of images, lovely detail and colours, love thesnak e shot. The skink and pole sitter have great colour and sharpness.
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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 21:03
Strange thing personal taste .. the only one I am not keen on is the snake shot.

Think number 2 works very well though, great processing and the mono conversion really suits it.
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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 21:15
The mini dino (iguana?) and the Galapagos Tortoise are my favourites.

I'm no expert but I'd back your colourful lizard in no. 1 to be some sort of bearded dragon.


Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 21:47
Good set! Great clarity and colour. I particularly like the first two.
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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 22:05
Awesome ... what a lens
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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 22:56
Got to be Mini-dino GREAT SET REALLY IS well done
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Link Posted 03/02/2011 - 23:16
Excellent set,



Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 03:43
Great set. Agree with Mike on the snake, now had that curl just been in the other direction? Either way, out of your control so it makes no odds.

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Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 04:48
Great set!I Tongueshoot is my favorite I love the limited dof. I think the second last one is a puff adder, which is a type of viper. What technique or filters etc. do you use to shoot through glass? It's something I have been experimenting with at work a lot recently.

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Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 12:36
What a set. Love the details and colours in it.
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Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 12:52
1 and 3 for me - smashing set throughout though!

I thought low light shooting was impossible on a lowly K-7?
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Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 20:06
Thanks all! In terms of technique and filters, it's all pretty basic I'm afraid... No filters at all on the lens. I think on this occasion I was helped considerably by the fact that the reptile house itself was really dark so all the lighting was inside the tanks. I think this (coupled with wiping the worst of the grease off the glass where possible) helped to minimise reflections from the outside of the glass. I just looked through the viewfinder to make sure there weren't any obvious weird light effects and then checked on the rear LCD screen after shooting. Beyond that, I think a fast lens and a steady hand is about it. I don't like to use the K7 above ISO800 so all of these (from memory) would have been shot at ~f2.8 or f3.2, something like that. The rest is PP to try and fix the colour casts from the lights and (generally) boost the contrast and levels a bit.

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Link Posted 04/02/2011 - 22:28
"Dozing on a ledge" is my fav - the DOF does it!!

Galapagos Tortoise is also a great one!!!
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Link Posted 05/02/2011 - 04:14
I loved number 1 and 3.

The clarity of numer one, with its colours drew me in. It was pleasent to look at.

I thought that numer 3 was like a photo from the National Geographic Magazine. It was the creative way you pinned the focus on the creature...and had the forground and backgound blurred.

Nice work...greasy glass and all!
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