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Vulture

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

Tip for today: Vanishing fences! On my last trip to the London zoo, I was a bit dismayed to find that they still don't have an "open" concept. Many of the animals, like this vulture, were kept behind bars. That really spoils it for the photos, since you the bars of the fence will appear in shot.

Or maybe not! This vulture was behind a fence, but it doesn't appear in this shot at all! How did I do it? Well, here's what you can do to make the fence vanish:

1. go as close to the fence as possible. If it's really close (just a few cm away), and you focus on a vulture that's a few meters away, the fence will be "out of focus". In fact, it's so "out of focus" in this shot that you don't see it at all

2. use a large aperture. In this shot, I used f/2.8, the largest setting on my camera. The larger an aperture you use, the more "out of focus" the fence can be, making it as unnoticable as possible.

3. use more zoom. This shot was taken at 12x (maximum) zoom. Objects that your camera are not focused on become more "blur" as you use more zoom. Notice the background in this shot? It's completely blurred out. The same happened to the fence that's just in front of my camera.

So there you have it! Vanishing fences!

Vulture

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

Tip for today: Vanishing fences! On my last trip to the London zoo, I was a bit dismayed to find that they still don't have an "open" concept. Many of the animals, like this vulture, were kept behind bars. That really spoils it for the photos, since you the bars of the fence will appear in shot.

Or maybe not! This vulture was behind a fence, but it doesn't appear in this shot at all! How did I do it? Well, here's what you can do to make the fence vanish:

1. go as close to the fence as possible. If it's really close (just a few cm away), and you focus on a vulture that's a few meters away, the fence will be "out of focus". In fact, it's so "out of focus" in this shot that you don't see it at all

2. use a large aperture. In this shot, I used f/2.8, the largest setting on my camera. The larger an aperture you use, the more "out of focus" the fence can be, making it as unnoticable as possible.

3. use more zoom. This shot was taken at 12x (maximum) zoom. Objects that your camera are not focused on become more "blur" as you use more zoom. Notice the background in this shot? It's completely blurred out. The same happened to the fence that's just in front of my camera.

So there you have it! Vanishing fences!

comments (23)

Dr Duane Lovely shot...learning a lot from your skills.
The Maven: LOL... a bit premature still Dr Jide. We urgently need to write up. How many pages have you done today? wink
  • deji
  • 17 Mar 2006, 01:04
we need more like this!! any post processing?
The Maven: Yep, a bit of tweaking of the colours. Have you heard of "digital velvia"? It increases the saturation of the shot. Nothing else was done apart from that, not even any cropping.
  • Roger
  • 17 Mar 2006, 01:52
Great shot. Awesome work hiding the wires as well. Great tip.
The Maven: Thanks Roger, glad you found the tip useful. It's comments like your's that keeps me going! smile
Excellent work, thanks for the tip.
  • Shuva
  • 17 Mar 2006, 05:45
I wouldn;t disagree that youcan get many good pictures with your simple point and shoot. Its only when you want to goto the extremes of the photography parameters that you need an expensive camera.
Very interesting tip. I need to try this out!
Of course a point and shoot camera allows you to make good pictures BUT a dSLR will make your life as a photographer much more easy...
  • sk
  • 17 Mar 2006, 08:42
i love this shot
  • skee
  • 17 Mar 2006, 09:11
Yup....definately deserves the title "Dr", smile nice shot!
  • Dia
  • 17 Mar 2006, 11:33
Amazing shot, very nice! smile
Im learning many things from your advices, thank you smile
  • Suby
  • 17 Mar 2006, 11:49
I likey, love the educational bits as well. Going to have to start putting on some of mine as well. (but way too lazy/busy, any excuse will do) smile
  • Micki
  • 17 Mar 2006, 12:15
Great photo, must be a baby - as his head is quite fuzzy.
Great close-up, I love animals. Did some porttraits myself, check them out if you like on: http://c-huijbregts.magix.net/website;jsessionid=3b4gkb2nq98dq.omaasp31?act=15&pos=0
  • david
  • 17 Mar 2006, 13:09
great close up! if i was you i would've left the location a mystery and let us wonder. but thanks for the tips!
  • digitalmike
  • 17 Mar 2006, 13:11
Nice. Makes me want to try some this weekend.
Good shot, lovely composition. Pity that you've lost some of the highlight detail in the feathers... Detail which you might have kept if you were using your DSLR! wink
  • Paul
  • 17 Mar 2006, 15:00
Very nice shot. He's so ugly, he's kinda cute.
  • Dave
  • 17 Mar 2006, 15:21
Well done. Sharp and detailed.
  • John
  • 17 Mar 2006, 21:05
Great detail in this shot
duane, found u on panasonic talk forum... i love your compositions, especially the bird shots and abstract photos. you've removed a lot of the apprehension i have about the FZ30 that i just ordered (will get it next week), mainly the noise and low lighing issues. i am new to photography and i will definitely be learning a lot from people like you on the net - thanks!

emeric
p.s. if you have other good things to say about the FZ30, please do let me know!
Really like this one. The eye is so strangely human looking compared to most bird eyes.
Fine details of the nice face of this guy!
Very nice detail. I love the expression.
You make a very ugly bird look pretty good!

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