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37/52 - Snow Leopard

My Project 52 group theme for Week 37 is Film.

 

This was a fun theme! I had considered loading my Olympus OM2n with a roll of Fujicolor C200, but decided against it as I wanted to visit the zoo, and I don't have a long zoom lens that would allow me to get close enough to the animals!

 

So, I decided to take my Sony NEX-7, switched off the rear screen review facility, and loaded it with a 1Gb SD card! This reported a maximum of 25 shots! Gulp! Only 25 shots! To avoid any costly mistakes, I switched off continuous shooting, which can shoot 11 frames a second on this camera!

 

I arrived at the zoo knowing that I wanted to take pictures of the snow leopards. On my previous three visits, the snow leopards had hidden from me, but this time I was determined to see them! And I was in luck! All three of them came out to greet me! :)

 

As I shoot RAW, it's inevitable that some post processing would be necessary, however, I've used only the default options and have cropped it square at full resolution, so it's as SOOC as can be expected!

 

This isn't necessarily my favourite, but its the one that looks best with the default post processing options...

 

I was quite tempted to use up all of my shots on the snow leopards, but I also managed to shoot a white rhino, a grey kangaroo, a couple of different owl species, and a Humboldt penguin!

 

My memory card ended up giving me a total of 35 shots, which after reviewing at home, has left me with 20 keepers!

 

It was definitely an interesting experience to limit the number of shots, and not review them afterwards! There was definitely an air of excitement as I uploaded each image to the computer, followed by great satisfaction if I had a keeper, or great disappointment if I had a blurry mess!

 

I guess to be more realistic, I should have mailed the SD card to myself to keep the anticipation going! :)

 

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Taken on September 13, 2012