Monday, June 22, 2009

Houston Zoo #2

This photo of a flamingo was taken at the Houston Zoo's Photo Day a couple of weeks ago. After about 20 minutes of taking quite a few terrible backlit flamingo shots, I finally wised up and changed positions. The only problem was shooting with better light also meant shooting over an approximately 6-foot-tall fence. Luckily, I was able to lay my lens on top of one of the posts and, standing on my tip toes, make some better-lit images -- 1/500 sec at f/6.3, 400mm. In postprocessing I brought in some fill light for the background; also applied some Lucis Art filtration to bring up some shadow detail in the background as well.


  1. I think this photo would be a good submission for the "breaking the rules" session as it is centered for the flamingo's head and looks great.

  2. Beautiful shot Steve. The flamingo looks like it was hand-carved. Good job on the crop and choice of backgrounds.