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Binturong, Bear cats

By meshklam
This was taken at Longleat safari park, Wiltshire. they are native to Australia.

I was just experimenting with my second hand camera body

Tags: Wildlife and nature Animals wildlife

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banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
11 Apr 2016 9:04PM
Do you have any shot settings you can add? Focal length, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera mode?

It would help as the image looks a bit soft, - we may be able to understand why.

When I download the image, it appears to me that the camera focused on the wall behind the animals; the wall is sharp and in focus, and responds to added sharpening, while sharpening the animals has no effect. So then we would like to know the focus mode, - are you using a single focus point (theres lots to choose from on that camera) rather than the default multiple points? Also slight underexposed due to the brighter background behind the darker subjects, so you would need approx a +2/3 exposure comp.

Its a very good camera, built for speed and sports shooting, but good for anything really.


meshklam 17 3 England
11 Apr 2016 10:19PM
F13, 1/2000sec iso2500 exposure 0step focal 218mm on P setting

Thanks for your response
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1950 England
11 Apr 2016 10:58PM
Weird settings...

Like Willie, I suspect a crop from a wider frame, and focus on the background.

The other bit of EXIF data is when you took this - is it recent?

I'd say something like 1/500 at f/11 and 200 ISO might have been closer, for quality. 2500 ISO is very high indeed for bright sun.

Also, Program mode is very rarely the best way to shoot - it robs you of too many creative decisions, leaving them to the camera.

I hope the new body goes well - they are impressive bits of technology, though I'm absolutely not tempted to change my kit for an EOS1: my hands simply aren't large enough!
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2016 6:37PM
Why on earth were you at such a high ISO for this type of image? it cannot work in bright sun. It increases contrast, whichis alreadyhigh due to the lighting resulting in dark eye sockets, yet the imae is not really sharp due, i think to inaccurate fcusing.

If you are testing a new, to you, camera body, I would be a bit more conventional to be sure evrything is working.

dark_lord Plus
18 3.0k 826 England
12 Apr 2016 6:50PM
Nothing to add on the technical side and John has given some good suggestions about settings.

If you do shoot and crop later you must be critical with your focusing.
In the vast majority of cases it's the eyes you need to get sharp, just as with portraits.
The eyes here are deep in shadow and the animals do not look active or alert. They look inanimate.

Even in bright sun, wait until you see their eyes clearly and if possible with a catchlight. Wait until they are engaged in some activity or at least look alert to what's going on in their surroundings.
meshklam 17 3 England
13 Apr 2016 8:40PM
Thanks for your comments, really appreciated, they were actually resting. I will know next time

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