Canon ZOOM 2013

Canon ZOOM is an event hold by Canon CZ and it takes place in zoos in the Czech Republic. The purpuse of this event is to present both new and older photo cameras, lens and also Canon printers in attractive surroundings. Although I don’t use Canon’s products I visit this event almost every year because all the participants can use a opportunity to print some of their photos. Also there is a contest, the five best photos win some prices.

In the morning the weather looked very good, the sun was shining and there were some small clouds on the sky. Later before noon the sky became cloudy but I didn’t mind is as long as it’s not raining. I stayed in the lower part of the zoo and took some photos of the eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) which was, again, sitting in its nest hidden behing leaves.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/800 second; Aperture: F/3.2; Focal Length: 185 mm; ISO 200)

Then there were the ruff (Philomachus pugnax):
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1250 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 155mm (the 2. photo: 200 mm); ISO 200)

As the weather was getting colder and I expected rain, I moved closer to the main buildings in the zoo where I would be able to hide from rain. Near those building is exhibit of lemurs. There are ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and white-headed lemur (Eulemur albifrons) in my photos.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/640 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 100 mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 860 mm; ISO 200)

Finally, it did start raining and it rained quite heavily, there was even a storm. It didn’t take very long but after a while I got bored and from the place where I was hidding I took some photos of wild ducks, who apparently didn’t mind the rain.

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(Shutter Speed: 1/125 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 800)

Afterall, it wasn’t really bad day although it was raining. I took some nice photos and had some of them printed.

Flowers in Detail

This weekend I had a small celebration of my nameday and I got a lot of lovely flowers. Now, they are in a vase on my table and I couldn’t resist taking some macro photos.

Firstly, the gerberas, which are my favourite flowers, especially yellow and red ones. To me, they look very cheerfull and the yellow ones are like small happy suns that I can have in vase on my table and they are brightening the day for me. Also, if you look really closely, there are thousands of small yellow petals in the center but their colour is shifting to the orange and it looks like fire.

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(Shutter Speed: 8 second; Aperture: F/11.0; Focal Length: 72 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 20 second; Aperture: F/36.0; Focal Length: 85 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 20 second; Aperture: F/36.0; Focal Length: 58 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

Then there were white chrysanthemums. These flowers are very beautiful, they look like they are just white but then, if you look closely, they are green… ish in the center.

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(Shutter Speed: 10 second; Aperture: F/22.0; Focal Length: 56 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

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(Shutter Speed: 15 second; Aperture: F/22.0; Focal Length: 55 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

And finally a lovely pink rose which might look a bit abstract in detail.
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(Shutter Speed: 4 second; Aperture: F/14.0; Focal Length: 68 mm; ISO 100, extension tubes, tripod)

All those beautiful flowers are starting to wilt. It always make me a bit sad when something so nice and lovely is lasts only few days. But at least I have those photos to reming me of the flower’s beauty.

Spring in Prague Zoo

Although it is May already, this week’s visit to the Prague Zoo was my first one this year. And now it is time for posting some of the photos I took there.

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) were finally in their outdoor exhibit. I always like to go there, because it is quite big and mainly because the visitors are allowed to go inside, therefore there wasn’t a fence between my camera and the animal. These birds are always very active and fly from one side to the other, but now and then they stop to sit on a branch or on the ground.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 400)

Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) also known as a fox on stilts because it looks just like a fox which is walking on stilts.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1000 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 400)

The West Caucasian tur (Capra caucasica) isn’t considered to be an atractive animal and usually there are no people watching them and therefore this place is really quite. I stayed here for a while and took several photos.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/3200 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 200)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/1600 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 200)

The Squirrel monkeys (Simia sciureus) have their exhibit on an artificial island in the middle of a pond. This pond had been surrounded by dense shrubs but they were removed recently, giving me the opportunity to take photos of these monkeys from diferent point of view.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/1600 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 400)

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(Shutter Speed: 1/800 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 400)

The Eurasian Spoonbill or Common Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) was sitting in its nest which was unfortunately hidden behing leaves.
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(Shutter Speed: 1/2000 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 170 mm; ISO 400)

Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
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(Shutter Speed: 1/200 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 170 mm; ISO 400)

Ehm… a bird… that was sitting near small waterfall in Sichuan Pavilion
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(Shutter Speed: 1/200 second; Aperture: F/2.8; Focal Length: 200 mm; ISO 400)