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African Wildlife Anyone? Two of these images are being printed at 24x36 and hung...
Posted By: Marc Langille, 05-07-2008, 06:27 PM

At Bedfords Camera and Video in Fayetteville - unless specified, no cropping in any image. Pentax K20D and FA* 300/2.8 (sometimes with Kenko 1.5x AF TC), unless otherwise specified.

African Plains Zebras - Striped Set - taken at F/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 320, AV mode:


Breaking for Cover (this is one of the initial two prints) - taken at F/6.3, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, AV mode:


Blue Wildebeest - taken with Canon EOS 40D and Sigma APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG/HSM. There is no IS/VR/SR with this setup, so high shutter speeds are a must....

Taken at F/7.1, 1/1250 sec., ISO 500, 500mm:


I'll try to post a sample of the same animals with the K20D+FA* 300/2.8 w/Kenko 1.5x AF TC and the glorious FA* CPL (Circular Polarizing Filter for the FA* 300/2.8, 250-600/5.6, and 600/4 lenses). That CPL removes the blown out areas on the backs of the animals in sunshine in the middle of the day. A sincere thank you to Ron Boggs for the suggestion to buy one! Got it used, excellent condition at B & H photo via a Google search...

Below is the second shot being printed at Bedfords and dry mounted. Both images will have the camera, lens and EXIF information on the bottom, as well as my name, and my primary associations with PSNWA and NANPA beside it.

African Eland - taken at F/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 800, AV mode, Exposure -0.7 to bump the shutter speed from 1/60 sec. to 1/125 sec. Taken roughly 5-10 minutes after sunset:


Perhaps the image of the Eland is a once-in a lifetime shot - I am not sure... he was quite close (perhaps 40 feet away) and more than filled my viewfinder with the FA* 300/2.8!!

The Eland is part of the Oryx family, and the world's largest antelope: males weigh 1300-1500 pounds, and stand up to 70 inches at the shoulder - almost 6 feet...

Crop of his head:

The smaller image of this crop above DOES NOT do the full sized image justice. At 100%, you can easily see the horizon line in the Eland's eyes, and the afterglow of the setting sun.

Let there be no question: these are very wild animals and should be treated as such accordingly. I just had no idea that the ranch owner in Texas had them - this ranch is well over 6,000 acres with a 8-10 foot fence surrounding the entire tract of land.

More images will follow. I think they'll be hanging more images as my schedule permits to prep them, since it's part of Bedfords' promotion of the Pentax K20D. These images have come with a lot of highs/lows/frustrations with this competition. I'll not post any portfolio contenders until the contest is over and the submission deadline has passed.

I do hope you enjoy them!

Cheers,
Marc

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05-28-2008, 07:02 PM   #31
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That last shot is absolutely stunning Marc.
and the rest are not far behind it.

Seriously nice work and a proof that the guy behind is what makes the difference.
Thanks Thomas - I am glad you enjoyed them. I am hoping me being behind the viewfinder = doing reasonably well and breaking even on this competition!!!

Again, thanks for stopping by and I sincerely appreciate your comments - I still cannot believe that Eland shot - what good fortune that evening....

Regards,
Marc


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Marc, It is ''great'' to see ''great'' results from someone with Great equipment...Great photography!!!!!!!
Javier, sometimes that combination works = great images. Sometimes my models don't comply = ... then it's back to the drawing board...

Seriously, thank you for letting me know you enjoyed these images. Much appreciated and I'll try to post more when time permits and/or the competition is finished and the submission cutoff date has gone by.

Cheers,
Marc

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Marc all I can say is wow ... stunning shots ... the zerbra's the detail , all of them are top notch best of luck in the competition. Outstanding ....
Dave, a sincere thank you for those comments. It's yours and everyone else's comments that reinforce my belief to see this through. It's been a tough haul those first few trips - I almost hit the rock bottom of despair when the tripod fiasco (no tripod for 10 days... ugh) started. I was very fortunate that they were in "compliance mode" those times while in the SUV...

It's my promise to post more images as indicated in my reply above. I am generally having a really good time while I am down there (minus the heat), and even that's not too bad. It's hard to not lose weight when doing this kind of photography too...

Thanks again for looking,
Marc
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Well, this are some funny looking striped doggies!

It's so rare for most of us to see creatures like this outside of a zoo. And, then they look so depressed since the enclosures are so limited.

These are truly nice shots! If these are not your contest contenders, I shudder to think how good your keepers must be!

I especially enjoy the running zebra and the African Eland. The crop is really cool!

Thanks for sharing these!
Thank you Hamid! Truth be told, they are stocky, tall ponies in size and shape. Not as tall as a quarter horse, but definitely more muscular.

You'll have to decide later on if the "keepers" are good enough! The good news is that I believe I can enter up to 3 of these images into the "exotics" class. However, having a more diverse portfolio is a good thing, since that gives you a better shot at the grand prize, so only 1 image in each of the 50 classes is the best way to go. Time will tell!

I am glad you stopped by to enjoy them Hamid - thank you again! Look forward to your future posts, and I'll try to get some more images up in the future.

Cheers,
Marc
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Excellent works, Marc. Very impressive wild life photos, especially like the following one:



I've tried to shoot some wild bird before w/ my 200 or 300mm lens, just wish I had a longer and faster one when I'm out in the wild field. For now, I think I'd just take some animal photos in the zoo (where the kids love the most)

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Excellent works, Marc. Very impressive wild life photos, especially like the following one:

I've tried to shoot some wild bird before w/ my 200 or 300mm lens, just wish I had a longer and faster one when I'm out in the wild field. For now, I think I'd just take some animal photos in the zoo (where the kids love the most)
Thanks Frank for stopping by and looking!

That shot was truly a once in a lifetime situation - I never, ever got that close again...

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Marc
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