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Re: Wildlife

Postby gurlyclimber » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:46 pm

These pics are great! I need to learn how to take a photo where the subject stands out while the background is blurry.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:17 pm

gurlyclimber wrote:These pics are great! I need to learn how to take a photo where the subject stands out while the background is blurry.


This is easiest using an SLR. A "fast" lens is best; something with an aperture of f/2.8 or less is preferable. Expose using the lowest aperture setting, and adjust the shutter speed. This will create a narrow depth of field, so the foreground and background will be out of focus, leaving only the subject in focus. This is also known as "bokeh" (pronounced like "bouquet.")

Sounds complicated, but it's not.

Edit: It's also possible to do with a compact that has manual control or possibly an appropriate pre-set.

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Re: Wildlife

Postby gurlyclimber » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:35 pm

It does sound confusing but I'll see what I can do. Thank you.

Speaking of blurry, this is what happens when you're hiking and you suddenly see a big bear walking towards you. :D At least I had the quick instincts to take a shot. It looks very Monet.

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Re: Wildlife

Postby awake » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:33 pm

I usually don't run across pika that are so unconcerned and uninterested in people.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Mark Curtis » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:41 pm

Love the pika! Cute and very close shot. Great work!

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Re: Wildlife

Postby Mark Curtis » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:48 pm

One of my favorite wildlife shots is this spontaneous hand held one with a Sony point and shoot. This very old bison stayed in the proper lane for the entire length of his visibility on the road (which I found astonishing).....taken at the crack of dawn at the south entrance to Yellowstone Park (a friend on the trip still kicks himself for not getting a shot):

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Re: Wildlife

Postby Tory Wells » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:20 pm

Mama and baby on the summit of Mt Evans today...
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Re: Wildlife

Postby Mark Curtis » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:18 pm

I am running out of superlatives......those are fantastic shots of the mountain goats. I think the irony of the top shot is that the relative lack of sharpness actually adds to the appeal.....the softness lending itself to the tender unity of mama and "kid". Nice! Excellent comp and exposure too.

The bottom shot is tack sharp and looks like you used a polarizer? Great perspective on the goat's terrain.

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Re: Wildlife

Postby vonmackle » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:52 pm

There were a whole bunch of young marmots running around along the Isabelle Glacier Trail in the Indian Peaks today. This was the only one that didn't run away from me.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby mountainmanny » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Mama Moose and Calf on Muddy Pass near Rabbit Ears East Summit.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby killstorm » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:42 am

Mountain goat on Bison Peak.
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A couple of ptarmigan staring me down at Blue Lake in RMNP.
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Arctic fox pup from St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea.
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Re: Wildlife

Postby rijaca » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:26 am

Hagar Mountain...
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