Well, as promised in my thread in the equipment forum, here's a couple of pics from Thursday's trip to the Zoo. Alas, both of these pics were shot with the Sony H1 and not the new Canon...the lens on the Canon just isn't any where near close enough to come up with these shots.
I love this first shot! This is the first time I think that I've been to the zoo in the morning...usually the wife and I don't get to the zoo until 11 or noon during the summer. Also usually by the time we get there, the lions are pretty much crashed out and sleeping for the afternoon...most of the decent shots I have of the lions were shot right around park closing time as we're leaving which means the sun is behind the lion area. As you can see from this pic (as well as the two I posted in the equipment forum), the light was just totally faboo that morning! That nice head on morning light...very nice. It actually ended up raining most of the rest of the day, but for a few moments, I really had the light there.
Ok...I have to say that I'm pretty proud of this pic even though it could be a little better and sharper. The cheeta habitat at the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo is pretty nicely layed out.......if you're a cheeta. If you're a photographer on the other hand, good luck! LOL! Most of it is fenced in with chainlink and there's a second wooden fence that's back a foot or two to keep people from getting right up next to the chain link (for obvious saftey reasons of course). There is a viewing platform, but the cat's don't as a general rule, sit there and "pose" in front of the platform for people. Most of the time they're usually as far away from the platform as they can be (not that I blame them mind you!). Because of the size of the habitat, even with the 432mm equiv lens on my Sony, I usually find myself pusing the pics waaayyy into the digital zoom to get a close up like this...and usually the pics don't come out to well because of it obviously. With all that considered, again I'm quite happy with this shot
Alrighty, that's it for now! As always, C&C is quite welcome!