The last outing to the zoo was in early 2009. I was able to compare what I shot then to what I shot now. The zoo here hasn't changed much, so I have a lot of very similar shots from each outing. (It's a pretty small zoo - especially considering that I grew up going to Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo.) Overall, I had a lot more "keeper" shots from this trip. I'm pleased with my progress.
Here's an example. I used the same camera body (Rebel XTi), but different lenses for this shot - 85mm in 2009; 50mm in 2011 - I didn't have the 50 back then.) The 2011 outing was shot in RAW; 2009 in JPEG.
The meerkat exhibit is pretty nice - a glass enclosure lets us get pretty close to the little guys. I added a gaussian blur to the background to help him stand out more.
Before sharing this, I'm going to say - at the time, I liked it. Really liked it. But I didn't yet have enough knowledge to know better. This is SOOC.
My apologies to the meerkat for chopping off one of his feet.
- Things look good until we see something even better.
- There's always more to learn.
- Practice makes perfect. (Or as close as we can get to perfect.)
I hope that two years from now, my future meerkat photo will look even better.