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just hanging about

By semismooth
Taken at Cromer zoo this very inquisitive marmaset caught our attention. I tried to take a shot against the glass of the enclosure with my 15mm x 85mm lens but he kept coming too close to focus. I changed to my Tamron 70mm x 300mm and took several shots eventually settling on this one. Look forward to your comments on this one,kind regards John.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
24 Sep 2012 12:55PM
Looking at your setting John, a couple of points. The shutter speed is too slow UNLESS this is an image stabilized lens; the exposure compensation of + 2/3 has worked against you and overexposed the shot, blowing out the whites of the ears completely, along with parts of the fur and the wooden post. Using negative exposure comp might have been a better move. Check your histgram after you take a shot like this, - the camera will flash where the overblown areas are, and then you can change the exposure compensation and try again.

Shooting through the glass has also taken its toll on the clarity and sharpness, - but under the circumstances, with a faster shutter (which would have been automatically changed without the +2/3) a decent effort.



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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 6:12PM
This is quite good and i guess you got away with decent sharpness by pressing the lens to the glass. You used 70 mm and i would have zoomed in rather closer to remove all evidence of the wire, even though it is out of focus.

semismooth 6 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 10:40AM
Thanks for your comments. The lens is image stabilised I would have increased the shutter speed to at least 1/70 if it had not been. I have taken on board your comment about exposure compensation. Thanks again for your input. John

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