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Images => Nature, Flora, Fauna & Landscapes => Topic started by: Luc on November 13, 2021, 17:14:00

Title: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 13, 2021, 17:14:00
Yesterday I shot this series of images at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam.

All images shot with a Nikon Z6 + Nikkor 70-200mm f4 VR + some quirky post processing

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Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Jan Anne on November 13, 2021, 18:02:34
Excellent shots Luc, familiar animals in new habitats, at least to me as I have not visited Artis after the reconstruction work.

How did the Z6 do with the eye autofocus after the firmware update?

Remember from the “old” days that I was constantly switching AF points to get an eye in focus of over active animals.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 14, 2021, 20:58:37
Thanks Jan Anne. I hadn't visited ARTIS in years and was pleasantly surprised, still a nice place to visit. And café Eik & Linde is just around the corner :D
I used AF-S for the slower animals and AF-C Auto-area AF with Face and eye detection on for the more mobile ones. Worked ok although I now realise I probably should have used Animal detection on?

Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Ian Watson on November 14, 2021, 21:31:43
This is a lovely series, Luc. Thank you for including a wolf; I like them  8)

The vignette works well to focus attention on the subjects. What else did you do to produce this look?
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: golunvolo on November 14, 2021, 21:50:35
This is a lovely series, Luc. Thank you for including a wolf; I like them  8)

The vignette works well to focus attention on the subjects. What else did you do to produce this look?

 +1

  Numbers 3 is so cute. The processing works for me too.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 14, 2021, 21:50:56
Thanks a lot Ian. The wolf shot was a difficult one as most of the time they were pacing around restlessly. I used a Nik Analog Classic Camera filter as a basis for the processing.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 14, 2021, 21:56:01
+1

  Numbers 3 is so cute. The processing works for me too.

Thanks Paco. They are cute indeed. And small, in an attempt to emphasise this I included quite a lot of empty space in this shot.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: golunvolo on November 14, 2021, 21:59:28
It works!
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 14, 2021, 22:01:47
It works!

 :)
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Akira on November 14, 2021, 22:13:11
I always admire your choice of the processing, in addition to the choices of subjects.  While I'm browsing through this series, I felt as if I'm looking at the prints from a color negative film out of a quick DPE shop!  The effect works really well.  It's like revisiting old prints made 10-20 years ago (meaning, not too old but never fresh).
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Hans_S on November 16, 2021, 01:54:20
Great shots Luc, I love the isolation and the postcard feel.

Re the animal eye AF, I wonder if the dark inner ears on the meercat and the red panda would confuse the system? Or in a domestic situation the spots on a Dalmatian dog or the rosettes on a Bengal cat?  ;D ;D
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Erik Lund on November 16, 2021, 09:15:54
Looks classic and vintage very fitting for the series!
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: ColinM on November 16, 2021, 12:01:53
I bet it was an enjoyable day and I like the images.

Dunno what the monkeys in #4 are, but there's something beautiful but also intimidating about their loo,
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 16, 2021, 16:59:20
Looks classic and vintage very fitting for the series!
I'm glad you like the look, thanks a lot Erik.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 16, 2021, 17:03:55
I bet it was an enjoyable day and I like the images.

Dunno what the monkeys in #4 are, but there's something beautiful but also intimidating about their loo,
Thanks Colin. Don't know about their loo, perhaps it was shortly before cleaned ;)
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: govindvkumar on November 24, 2021, 10:39:33
Really loved the tone on all these images. Beautiful captures, keep clicking
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on November 24, 2021, 14:55:50
Thanks Govind, and welcome to Nikongear.
Title: Re: A Day at the Zoo
Post by: Luc on January 12, 2022, 21:23:05
I bought a second-hand TC14-II for € 225 to provide me with some extra reach on the Z6 + F 70-200mm f4 for images like these. I'm looking forward to using it, hopefully the current lockdown will be lifted soon.