Monday, August 24, 2009

Photo of the Week

Last week I finally got to experience the Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo. The best way to describe it - less people, more animals. And by animals, I'm not talking about the children. I'm talking actual lions, tigers, and bears. This shot, which I call "Monkey Love" was actually taken in very low light. I used a 300mm zoom lens with the light sensitivity (ISO) cranked way up. This creates a lot of "noise". But thanks to a little post-production magic, I'm able to remove most of the noise. I also sprinkled a little monkey dust on the post-production process to give it that high dynamic range look - where you can see all the details in the shadows and in the highlights. It also helps when you're wearing a yellow hat.