Tres Mas Por Favor

Three more animal portraits from this morning’s shoot.  I warned you that it might get like the Monarch butterfly thing.  You know, post after post after post.  Lo siento amigos. For being such a small zoo, the animals really cooperate—and I’m able to get very, very close. In fact many times my 400mm lens is too long, and I’ve had to pull it back a notch with my 70-200mm zoom lens with 1.4X teleconverter (turning it into a 98-280mm zoom). Okay, here we go—

Stillness in B&W

Stillness in Black & White

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1/500s @ f/5.6, ISO 800, FL=265mm, M-Manual, Flash, Handheld

Pink Petunia with IPI

Pink Petunia

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1/80s @ f/5.6, ISO 200, FL=100mm, AV-Priority, Natural Light, Handheld

Ram in BW with IPI

Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Black & White (Ram & Ewe)

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1/125mm @ f/5.6, ISO 800, FL=100mm, AV-Priority, Flash, Handheld

Photographer’s note:  All images captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera; Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM zoom telephoto lens; Tamron Pro SP AF 1.4X TC (teleconverter) and Canon SpeedLite 430EX II external flash unit.  Raw conversion and post-edits completed in PSE11.  I used the Tamron TC on all images, and the SpeedLite where indicated in the ‘settings information’ beneath each image.  All images were captured this morning in Parque Zoologico del Centenario, Merida, Yucatan, MX.

Jaguar with IPI

Yucatan Jaguar

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Puuc Jaguar Conservation just requested permission to use this image (above) in their upcoming promotional materials.  It will be an honor having this photograph representing such a fine organization, and I am more than happy to grant said permission – Stephen F. Dennstedt  

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