Thanks for the feedback...it does tend to get a little quiet around here sometimes...
"even at nature centers, try to get a little more compt to your shots"
I'm assuming that "compt" means composition? If so, I'm actually quite open to suggestions... Basically I'm working inside of 10'x10' cages here (more or less) with drabbly painted walls and fencing (and I really -hate- the look of "caged" animals, so I really try to avoid the fencing in most cases). That's pretty much the sole reason why I tend to focus (err...no pun intended) on facial portraits with the critters...get nice shots of them looking at me, ears up, nice expression, etc.. Not that I want to be accused of having any lack of imagination, but I'm not really sure what else I can or should be trying for here...again, wide open to suggestions
I would add that when I get something I feel is really good, then I often will go ahead and swap out the backgrounds, but this particular set is still more "test shots" then anything as I'm still getting used to the new camera and lenses (I've only had the new Canon for a little over 2 weeks now...not even sure what all the buttons do yet! LOL!!!). Here's one I shot with my Sony H1 where I did swap out the background....
Obviously it's still the same kind of shot...face front, ears up, etc., but a more natural setting then the others...comments?
Yea, I know the frames are a little excessive...please bear with me on that as I'm actually trying to set up something that will let me test different matte color combinations for framing actual prints (yes, I do my own framing). I actually think I've got it pretty close to what I want...I can go in and change the colors of the mattes (or the frame) and drop any 8x10 image in with minimal effort. Eventually I hope to offer framing services to my customers and I think it would be pretty cool if I could show the customer a few options...give them an idea of what their finished pic's will look like.
Anyways, again thanks for the feedback and again, I'm open to any suggestions on what I could or should be doing differently in the cages.