San Pedro Garza García, MX
>Hi, I'm looking for tips about shooting at the Zoo, like
>shooting through Zoo Glass. Is it worth it?
Yes, it is. I've seen people use a rubber lenshood to place the lens right on the glass for shooting at aquariums, even with flash, with good results.
>How close should you be?
As I mentioned above, the closer the better.
>How do you get rid of reflections
>without loosing light with a polarizer?
There is just no way to do it. Faster film is the 1st answer. (Faster lenses the 2nd).
>Flash tricks, to avoid bounceback?
The trick of the lens-on-the-glass does it, if it is allowed.
>Do you take some windex with you?
Sure. Unless caught by a suspicious guard, you'll be ok.
>Some of the glass is tinted green
>is there a way to correct for that color or
>will it even be noticable?
If shooting slides it will be there, if for prints, it's up to your printer. If up to you, there is always Photoshop.
>What about shooting into
>reptile cages, terrariums and aquariums,
>any special advice?
Reptile cages? Don't get too close!
If you want, I would make it a special session for them, with faster film as they are usually in darker spaces. ISO 800.
>What about wire cages. Do you just get close enough with
>a telephoto and shoot through it with a narrow depth
Yeap!. Another option is to rent a DC lens (for defocus control).
>I've been using a tripod? Any advantages to
>usig a monopod?
The monopod is less obtrusive and faster to use, usually enough for sharp images provided you have fast enough film.
>Anybody out there who does a lot of this, I'd love
>to know what lenses you use, why?
I don't do it a lot, no zoos around here.
>What film you use and why?
I try to use the best film I can since it is not an everyday event for me. Agfa Optima Prestige II 400 is a good choice in color print film, Fuji Provia 400F in slide film. You need speed to have good apertures and/or fast shutter speeds.
> Has anybody out there used a Flash Extender, what brand?
> Did you like it?
What? If you are talking about the flash extender, I have none.
If you are talking about the Zoo experience. Yes, I loved it, whish I had gone there with more and better lenses.
>I've been two days now and I think I'm going to
>learn a lot. There are a lot of problems to
>solve which is why I think it's such a great
>Thanks in advance, by the way if there's a tip you
>know about Zoo shooting and I didn't ask the question
>please consider it asked, I'd like to know anything that
>you are willing to share.
Try to get there early for good lighting. Late afternoon is also good. Noon time is usually horrendous both in terms of light and crowds. Either easy eating elsewhere or -if it is safe- take a nap in your car, then come back.
Take your time, enjoy it.
Have a great time
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