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Date: Fri June 27, 2008
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Keywords: cheetah
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This is gorgeous! Great use of selective color here! The focus is a little sharp. Have you tried using unsharp mask? Great composition. A wonderful way to start my morning viewing. Smile
#1 Fri June 27, 2008 1:03pm

thankyou robert. very kind words.. its been a little tricky messing with the focus post production as the shot was taken through glass so was originally a little soft. will have some more plays though. thank you

Matt Roffe




#2 Fri June 27, 2008 1:12pm

good work Matt, shooting through Glass is very Difficult, they have that system
in dublin zoo also, I think it's a terrible system, they never thought of photographers when they built them, a waste of time as far as im conserned.

#3 Fri June 27, 2008 3:18pm

Thanks Jimmy. no its not easy. i guess in alot of ways its nicer to view the animals than through bars etc.. it does make photography very tricky though. not sure really what the alternative is though. just one of those things unless they let you in the enclosure which as much as id love to i think i would be a bit nervous about being in the same space as a big cat lol.

Matt Roffe




#4 Fri June 27, 2008 4:07pm

The eyes look quite sad to me - but what a good shot and especially through glass.
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
#5 Fri June 27, 2008 4:33pm

May I make a suggestion to members who want to catch an image through glass?.... My hubby (who knows alot but I mainly refuse to listen... well not always) anyways, on our trip to Singapore we visited their Zoo & it was fantastic.
Alot of animals/birds are encased behind glass & Paul informed me when shooting through glass, one can use the flash ***As long as you hold it down! This way you will get detail but not the flash. He also adds that *most times this works well.

I took lots of a aquarium & was very impressed with that 1 little hint.
Try it... You might be surprised.
#6 Fri June 27, 2008 4:37pm

Thanks Kelly on some of the other shots i took at the zoo i used flash. this one however is a big crop from a picture taken on a 400mm lens which the flash would not have reached. good advice though.
Thanks LInda. yeah the cheetah always looks so sad. its part of its charm i think its the tear effect of its markings on its face i think. in some way i think its quite poigniont. a reflection of its already hard life in the wild and of how endangered its species is becoming. I think mostly though although i agree with the conservation efforts that most zoos now perform how can such a majestic animal born to run at 70mph not look sad in an enclosure..

Matt Roffe




#7 Fri June 27, 2008 4:48pm

You put that so well Matt and I agree.
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
#8 Fri June 27, 2008 5:57pm

No prob Jaminc! Smile
#9 Fri June 27, 2008 6:08pm

Very intense stare - great eye contact, but I think you've lost a lot of detail here. The best way to shoot through glass is to have the lens flush to the glass - even better if you have a lens hood (as long as it's not one of those weirdly shaped ones). Jan
#10 Sat June 28, 2008 12:35am

thanks jan. yeh i did both of that. the 400 has a great lens hood and i was right up against it. unfortunatly its just the best of a bad situation. dirty and slightly misty glass as it was a wet day.

Matt Roffe




#11 Sat June 28, 2008 9:04am

angela taylor
Stunning shot. Angela
love your self
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