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  1. #1
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    Talking Prehistoric days at Brookfield Zoo

    I took a series of HDR-prep shots (3 each -> @EV and +/- 2EV) of various "dinosaurs" I found at Brookfield Zoo, today. The exhibit runs until September, and it does give you a chance to realize the physiology and dimension of these various creatures of the past.

    It was a little too bright to get the strange and exotic colors you might hope to see under different lighting conditions ... So I messed with the HDR and filters to fudge a bit. Here are three initial efforts.

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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/4 -1/125 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 10 feet


    Mapusaurus
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/4 -1/160 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 20 feet



    BIG Tyrannosaurus
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/3.2 -1/250 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 25 feet
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-07-2009 at 03:08 PM.
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    Red face they keep on coming ...

    Then again ... these were fun to photograph and imagine running around in much more ... "unrehearsed" settings.

    Triceratops
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/3,2 -1/500 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 30 feet


    Velociraptor
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/3.2 -1/125 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 5 feet


    Imagine this one running around, like a dog ... in your backyard!


    Tyrannosaurus Rex
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/3.2 -1/100 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 6 feet



    Allosaurus
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/5 -1/160 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 20 feet



    Stegosaurus
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/5.6 -1/125 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 10 feet


    Dilophosaurus
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/4 -1/160 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 10 feet


    Sauroposeidon
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    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens
    @ 28mm - f/5.6 -1/135 sec - ISO-800 - Spot Focus - Ap - Cloudy - Dist: 20 feet


    Obviously, not your average "Zoo" shoot, these days. You have to go back a few Eons ... LOL
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-07-2009 at 03:45 PM.
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    Nice series of images.
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    feels like Jurassic Park!
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    Cool What's this old film in the camera got on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    Nice series of images.
    Frank
    Thank you, Frank. See what you get when you are tromping around the zoo long enough? Yeah, you get OLD! LOL

    You know you gotta go, when ...


    "Hey Mom! There's uh ..."
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    Supersaurus
    A700 v.04 w/ TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD MACRO (IF) lens
    @ 85mm - f/9 -1/250 sec - ISO-200 - Spot Focus - AUTO - Cloudy - Dist: 100 feet


    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-07-2009 at 03:19 PM.
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    Lightbulb A quick collection ... outside the museum

    I tell you, if your child wants some cool shots of Dinosaurs ... these are pretty good. If not mine, take your own ... the dinosaurs are waiting. In fact, they've been collectively waiting a long time!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-08-2009 at 07:16 AM.
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    Talking Size matters!

    What, not big enough? These things are huge!

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    Got a 0EV shot? I don't think these need HDR.
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    Cool 0 EV that just doesn't get it done ...

    I disagree ...

    0 Ev
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    but then again, I have been known to do that. I just think they look too ... plasticky, without the "treatment."

    Perhaps you can play with it and do some various adjustments in curves, color and other things, but I like the way the sky comes out in the HDRs ... because, it just gets lost at 0 EV, in my opinion.

    BTW: I tossed in the "Poster Edges" filter to bring up the scales, skin wrinkles, and trees.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-12-2009 at 09:34 PM.
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    thats not 0EV. thats about 3 stops overexposed.
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