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Trip to the National Zoo

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by C2020, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. We just returned from a family vacation to Washington, DC. Our first stop was the Smithsonian National Zoo, it proved to be enjoyable for both adults and kids.

    In an attempt to increase sharpness at long distances and low lighting, I was trying out my Nikon 18-200VR and Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 with a new monopod. I'm pretty happy with the results. The following were all taken with the 18-200mmVR.

    NIKON D80    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 100

    EXIF Summary: 1/250s f/8.0 ISO100 200mm

    NIKON D80    ---    200mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200

    EXIF Summary: 1/160s f/8.0 ISO200 200mm

    NIKON D80    ---    200mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 200

    EXIF Summary: 1/1000s f/5.6 ISO200 200mm

    NIKON D80    ---    200mm    f/5.6    1/400s    ISO 200

    EXIF Summary: 1/400s f/5.6 ISO200 200mm (35mm eq:300mm)
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    That is a great zoo

    First zoo I beleive my kids every went to and me in many years.
    That was a long time ago:>))))

    Nice shots
  3. _Jorge_


    Jul 3, 2007
    Nice series. Very cute photos and animals. thanks for sharing-
  4. Nice shot of the Panda.
  5. One think I regret is that here in Oporto we have no zoo. I'd like to put my 80-200 in use...:biggrin:
    Nice pictures BTW.

  6. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    80-200 is great for the zoo..heres one of mine from the other day
  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I feel like going to the zoo.
    But it is to hot. Weekend, to many unruly kids...
  8. KristinB


    Apr 12, 2007
    Stafford, VA
    Love the seals and the expression on the gorilla's face! I work in DC but live in the 'burbs, I should go there more often...
  9. GlenF

    GlenF Guest

    Great pics, I like your creative composition in #1.
  10. I used to live just up the street from the National Zoo. I could hear the whooping of the Gibbons every morning and the occasional lion roar...

    Nice shots. The prairie dog exhibit is so much fun.

    BTW, is there a monopod technique for stability other than just holding it as still as possible?
  11. Thanks everyone for the nice responses. I'll try and post some more photos from the trip. Overall, Washington, DC and the surrounding area offer a rich cultural experience for children and adults. I think my favorite place was the Air and Space Museum out by Dulles Airport. Again, the monopod was essential in shooting with out a flash. I'll try and post some of those too.

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