Looking up!

Thank you to everyone that responded to the poll last Friday!  We got a lot of great response and the votes will help shape our posts over the next few months.  A lot of people seem to want some Photoshop / Lightroom editing tips.  This isn’t necessarily my strength, but between Cory, Ryan, Ben, and Alan can be a great resources for this.  A few of the books that I have on my Weekend Reading Series cover Photoshop so I’ll make sure to pass along the things I learn.  We will keep the poll open for a while to collect additional feedback. Now, on to today’s post.

I really like taking pictures of animals, so taking pictures at Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World.  A lot of things are right in front of you, but you need to make sure you look up.   These crazy birds (I know I’m awful, I don’t know the species) make their nests upside down.  It was the craziest thing I ever did see and I was able to get a halfway decent shot of the bird.  I love that I got the wings extended and the background blurred out.  I was using a rented Canon 70-200 f/2.8 that day which certainly helped get the bokeh in the photo.

Someday I’ll get a good a shot of the tigers as Jeff Krause did here and someday I’ll get a shot of the gorilla as good as Ben Hendel did here.  It probably has to do with patience.  Just sitting in one spot along Pangani Exploration Trail or the Maharajah Jungle Trek and waiting for the animals to be in the right spot with the right light seems to be the key.  Someday I’ll develop that patience.

Sorry the post is so short today.  I have a lens review I’m working on for the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 in the works but I didn’t finish getting the photos pulled together yet.  Spoiler alert, the lens is awesome and if you like shooting wide then the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 is a great addition to your kit.

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Heads up, we should be having a post coming up from the West Coast very soon………



Ben mentioned on twitter that the gorilla picture mentioned above was taken with a 70-200 and a Tamron 2x Teleconverter.  That puts the lens to a 140-400mm lens.  Pretty far reach without dragging in a dedicated 400mm lens!   Has anyone else out there shot with a teleconverter?  I’ve never tried it, but it sounds like an interesting option.


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