Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caged 笼子里的鸟儿 ...

Location: Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary 马六甲蝴蝶和爬行动物公园
Date Taken: August 12th, 2010 11:32am
Nikon D90, Tamron AF SP 90mm f/2.8
ISO 500, "A" mode 1/500 @ F3.2, +1/3 EV, Portrait,
Software: Picasa
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...... I have always wanted to know how to shoot a bird in a cage. A while ago, I stumbled into an article exactly on how it is done and I tried it here. The trick is to get your lens as close as possible to the cage with a very large aperture (small F number); I set mine  to 3.2 (lowest for the Tamron SP90 is f/2.8). This arrangement will throw off the the cage (totally out of focus). To get an even better result, it was suggested that one should wrap around the lens with some cloth but I did not do that for this shot. It is not so easy anyway because the birds aren't going to stay around on one spot forever and when you move your lens so close to the cage to get a shot, you might just scratch your lens ! Having a cloth wrapped around the lens might be even just extra insurance for protecting it while moving the lens so near to the cage !

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