Terry Allen

Terry Allen posts cultural, travel, adventure, editorial and wildlife images from around the world.  Comments and critiques are welcomed.

www.allenfotowild.com

"Why should the tiger have all the fun and get all the credit?"<br />
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Hippo demonstrates why he should have received an oscar nomination by attempting to sing the best song.  <br />
Further funny fotos found here <a href="http://goo.gl/QyeHh">http://goo.gl/QyeHh</a><br />
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Sorry, not much time to comment today, I am rebuilding the software and files on my replacement computer :-(<br />
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File info: The hippo was in an old quarry with fairly deep water near the shore.   Taken near sunset from around 40 to 50 ft away, from a 4WD vehicle with a Nikon D800 on a monopod.  Sigma  lens 150-500 mm, at 500 mm, f6.3, shutter priority at 1/640 sec, ISO 1400. Center weighted metering.  In Africa, I tend to use shutter priority since the most interesting action happens pretty fast, and usually the subjects are far enough away that DOF is not so important.  When the light gets lower, as here, that means that the ISO tends to creep up, but the D800 is very good with noise up to around 1600 ISO.  It is important to anticipate the action and be ready, since the hippos are underwater and you can never be sure when they will come up.  I use center weighted metering and put the sensor in the middle of the screen and try to get the eye in focus there.  Since the D800 has such large files, you can then crop for the  most pleasing composition. In post-processing  I rarely use any sharpening, and put the default sharpening in both Camera Raw and Smug Mug at zero.  I also use little or no noise reduction, and none at all below around ISO 800.

"Why should the tiger have all the fun and get all the credit?"

Hippo demonstrates why he should have received an oscar nomination by attempting to sing the best song.
Further funny fotos found here http://goo.gl/QyeHh

Sorry, not much time to comment today, I am rebuilding the software and files on my replacement computer :-(

File info: The hippo was in an old quarry with fairly deep water near the shore. Taken near sunset from around 40 to 50 ft away, from a 4WD vehicle with a Nikon D800 on a monopod. Sigma lens 150-500 mm, at 500 mm, f6.3, shutter priority at 1/640 sec, ISO 1400. Center weighted metering. In Africa, I tend to use shutter priority since the most interesting action happens pretty fast, and usually the subjects are far enough away that DOF is not so important. When the light gets lower, as here, that means that the ISO tends to creep up, but the D800 is very good with noise up to around 1600 ISO. It is important to anticipate the action and be ready, since the hippos are underwater and you can never be sure when they will come up. I use center weighted metering and put the sensor in the middle of the screen and try to get the eye in focus there. Since the D800 has such large files, you can then crop for the most pleasing composition. In post-processing I rarely use any sharpening, and put the default sharpening in both Camera Raw and Smug Mug at zero. I also use little or no noise reduction, and none at all below around ISO 800.

Terry Allen

Terry Allen posts wildlife, remote travel and cultural photography from around the world. New galleries are continually being added as she catches up with her huge backlog.

Expeditions featured on my website:
Circumnavigation of Sumatra: Singapore, Malacca, Belewan, Banda Aceh, Belitung, Krui, Lhoksemawe, Nias, Padang, Simelulu Island, Sunda Strait, Karakatoa eruption
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park (elephants, hippos, fish eagles, leopards, water lily, zebra, lilac billed rollers, hornbills & other birds, wart hogs, impala & other antelopes, leopard hyenas, giraffe, monitor lizard, nile crocodile)
Namibia: Naankuse, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Etopa Falls (cheetah, lions, leopards, caracal, African wild dogs, zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok, sand dunes, Himba people, Epupa falls, bushmen, quiver trees, python)
South Africa: Sabi Sabi, Magaliesburg (African wild dogs, lions, impala, kudu, hippo, kingfishers, giraffe, vervet monkeys, baboons, white rhino, tiger, boomslang)
Canadian Arctic: Polar bears, Churchill, Hudson's Bay, Seal River, York Factory, Gillam, Nanuk (polar bears, black bears, arctic fox, ptarmigan)
Mediterranean: Sicily, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Greece
Budapest, Hungary
Antarctic Penninsula, Sub-Antarctic Islands: Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Island, Elephant Island, Deception Island (penguins, humpback whales, leopard seals, fur seals & elephant seals, skua, icebergs)
Stratford-on-Avon (swans, old half-timbered buildings, Anne Hathaway cottage, Shakespeare's house, Hall House, Shakespearean actresses)
Israel (Abu Ghosh, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Masada, Kibbutz, Chagall windows)
Vancouver & vicinity (snowy owls, ducks, herons, bald eagles, Canada geese, dog in snow, Portuguese Water Dog, forest mushrooms)
Myanmar (Burma); Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, Mandalay, Lake Inle, Pyin Oo Lwin Hill Station
China (Hangzhou)
South Africa (Ngala)
Australia Gold Coast, Papua New Guinea, D'Entrecosteaux Islands, Trobriand Islands, Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Vanuatu
British Columbia Coastal Fjords (grizzly bears)
Basel, Switzerland (old city, Basel Munster)
Hawaii (Honolulu, island of Oahu, sea turtles)
British Columbia Chilcotin-Cariboo salmon rivers (wilderness, mountains, bears)
China (pandas, Siberian tigers, ice sculptures)
Sea of Cortez (whales, dolphins, birds, desert islands)
American Southwest (slot canyons, high desert, snow)
Minnesota (wildlife babies)
Mongolia (eagle festival, wild horses, Olgii, UlaanBaatar, Khovd, Kazakh eagle hunters)
Pantanal, Brazil and Foz do Iguacu
Ethnic areas of southern China
North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Northern Japan
Upcoming expeditions:
Newfoundland
Indonesia, Bali, Borneo, Kalamantin
China landscapes
Iceland
Morocco
Kazakhstan