May 26, 2018

Zoo Day


Today I took the family to the San Diego Zoo.  I decided that I wasn't going to focus on taking photos of animals but instead use this opportunity to concentrate on capturing people.  I normally don't get much exposure to crowds so this should be good practice.  To up the challenge, I also decided to shoot exclusively with 50mm at wide open apertures to isolate people.

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You know it's going to be crowded when the school next to the zoo opens it's gates for overflow parking.  (This one was shot at f/2.8)

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There sure are a lot of rules for taxis.  I wonder if ride share has to conform to the same standards.  With ride share, rental bikes and scooters, I wonder who would still consider using taxi.

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This is new.  I haven't seen this giant lion statue the last time I was here.

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To get into the groove, I started by capturing people looking down at maps since there's less chance for me to be noticed by them.

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As I gained confidence I started taking photos of people as they approached towards me.

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Then eventually I got more comfortable and got a bit closer without being noticed.

I used a combination of RF, EVF and Live View depending on the situation.  The RF was definitely the quickest.  The EVF with it's low resolution was the slowest.  The rear LCD with it's higher resolution, made live view a better choice for focus peaking.  Even with these tools at my disposal, nailing focus wide open with 50mm is quite challenging especially on moving subjects.  But the results can be quite rewarding.

Here are some other photos I thought would be of interest.  All shot wide open with 50mm.

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These little girl just refused to sit in her stroller and insisted on being carried by her mom.  As a parent, I feel their struggle.

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This all sounds very good right about now.

Thanks for stopping by.


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