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Monkey Shines!

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»  Monkey Shines!
This photo was shot of a very active monkey. To just make the effort, presented many challenges.

One challenge was shooting through a fence. In an attempt to overcome this "challenge", I opened up the aperture on my lens as far as possible (to make the fence almost invisible).

Another challenge was the weather. Because the weather was overcast, I had to kick up the ISO to 400, to reduce the shutter speed in order to capture a very active subject.

(I believed this to be OK, as all of my research has shown that my camera, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, can shoot at this ISO without noticeable grain.)

Another challenge was "camera shake" (I do not own an IS lens - yet). However, even at ISO 400, the shutter speed was almost half of what it should have been to avoid camera shake (it was shot at 1/125 of a second, and needed to be shot at at least 1/320 of a second, using the rule of the reciprocal of my lens).

Thus, I had to use a tripod.

Another challenge was the distance between me and the monkey. To "reach out and touch" this animal, I had to shoot with a lens using an actual focal length of 320 mm.

I believe this to be an example of difficult zoo photography, and what is possible with a little patience. This photo is not perfect, but I like it (only because I feel this monkey is a beautiful animal), hope you like it also.
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» Exp. time: 1/125 (0.008 secs)
» Aperture: f/5.6
» Focal length: 200 mm
» ISO speed: 400


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