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ZOO Dvur Kralove - PHOTOS + lens troubles?

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:36 PM


Hi pals!

Kiriban was caught and the winner will be featured soon :nod:

I also passed all your comments and compliments (on the last journal's photos) to my parents, they were very pleased and thanked you :D so thanks!

This weekend I spent in mountain and I visited one of my favourite ZOOs, Dvur Kralove nad Labem. I was a bit disappointed that they moved cheetahs (I did not see them at all), because this ZOO was very good for taking photos of them. They also moved fennec foxes from very photographer friendly enclosure which allowed the foxes to enjoy some sun light into a nocturnal indoor pavilion which is very dark and you can watch the foxes only from above, so I am afraid I lost this place for fennec photos :( I also did not manage to take good photos of baby tigers and baby leopard although I tried a lot. It seems that my lens refuses to focuse, which scares me :( I admit I could take some 70 000 photos with it, but... do not die, 55-250 IS! :noes: I can not be without photography! It is probably time for better lens, but I can not see any fitting one for my Canon! :( 70-300 would be cool, but it is very expensive. 70-200 without IS might be nice too, but I am afraid of shorter lenght :( I wish I could buy much better version of 55-250 or 55-300, but it does not exist. Nah...

My friend BlueFox-cz was the one who took me to the ZOO (thanks, pal) and we also had a special trip when we went to the forest in the night just with some flashlights as we wanted to find some foxes. We did not meet any, but thanks to the reflexion in their eyes, we found two deers! It was pretty amazing...

But I spent first day with walking, other day we also had a little walking trip... and after weekend, I have + 2 kilos! That is annoying.





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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oH NOES lens trouble is not good :( I remember I thought my tamron 70-300 was not working right because it wasn't focusing good with t4i. But it's doing better now, maybe I yelled at it enough and now it wants to work :XD:

:huggle: I love the new photos, always great stuff :3

I know it's frustrating when zoos don't accomodate photographers well. Some enclosures are near IMPOSSIBLE, ARG.
I was upset with Philly Zoo because TWICE I went there (near 3 hr trip) to see the new maned wolves they are supposed to have THIS month, but both times...still no wolves! :frustrated:
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
it was strange, in nice weather, it refused to focuse, after the weather got worse, the quality improved :(

Oh, I am sorry - good luck with those wolfies :aww:
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rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I love the hyena and the Leopards!

You might be interest to know that the Honeyeaters in your picture are native to my area of Australia and I see them constantly :D Great photo of one!
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SunnyHeartofIceClan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Writer
The pictures you took are absolutely amazing.... the foxes are funny. :3 xD
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ZShellArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh, your work is just so incredible!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hmmm, strange about your lens, they don't normally give out unless you drop them or get them wet. the shutter limit is for the camera body, so the number of shots you've taken won't affect the lens...

sounds like a bad drift problem, unless you accidently flipped it onto manual focus mode without noticing =)

Can you send it to be serviced somewhere official near you? I have to send my 70-200 into nikon to be serviced once a year because the connection ring is dodgey after getting soaked by rain/snow/sea spray so many times >.< but after a service it works good as new for about 6 months =)

shame about the missed cubs and the fennec foxes moving, now I will never get a chance to shoot them there! :noes:
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God-like-thing Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Last pic - serious foxes are serious
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
omg, you know what? forget all that lawyer thing, you MUST become a cartoonist :rofl: you would make MILLIONS! :XD: I will be your manager!

and yes, those foxes made me laugh a lot - they have a huge exhibit, but they laid next to each other on the only sun-lit place. So funny XD
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God-like-thing Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
lol despite the fact that drawing with a touchscreen laptop mouse sucks :)
I have always admired Tartakovsky and Chuck Jones, so doodles are a real passion. Humor is a bigger passion though :D
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
it is not just about drawing, you must be pretty talented to complete the cartoons with good quotes and you are so good at it!
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