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Bill Funk
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On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 06:52:14 GMT, "Don" <(E-Mail Removed)>

>Go to a zoo that is better set up and doesn't rely so much on "wire cages".

You mean, as opposed to the one you're already at?
>"Alan Meyer" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>> Bill Funk wrote:
>>> ...
>>> I take a lot of zoo photos, and have that same problem.
>>> Some tips that help me: get as close to the mesh/wires as possible;
>>> use as small an aperture as possible (for shortest DOF); try to shoot
>>> the animals with as much distance between them and the wires as
>>> possible; don't shoot wide, move in using zoom. A longer lens than the
>>> kit lens helps a lot, too.
>>> If all comes together right, the mesh/wires all but disappear.

>> Bill,
>> Didn't you mean to say as _large_ an aperture as possible for
>> shortest depth of field? Smaller apertures increase depth of
>> field and are more likely to bring the wire mesh into focus.
>> Longer focal lengths will also help shorten DOF.
>> I suppose the technique of using short depth of field is the
>> best we've got. But there will be some degradation of the
>> image similar to what happens with dirt on the lens. The dirt
>> is out of focus and can't be seen, but it contributes to
>> de-focusing and scattering light from the subject - blurring
>> the image.
>> Alan


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