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Another picture from the recent Paignton Zoo trip.

Samsung GX-10 + Tamron 18-250 f/3.5-6.3 @ 250mm, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 320

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Back in March I posted pictures of the new baby rhino born at Paignton Zoo. Last weekend we went back to the zoo and got some more pictures. At 7 months old the calf is now a miniature replica of it’s mum. Looking at the first picture below, is this the calf or the adult?

It’s the calf and you can see how much it’s grown from the second picture which shows mother and calf together.

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I’ve been playing with the trial version of Dynamic-Photo HDR as I often like the look of other peoples HDR images. As I haven’t yet got a series of bracketed exposures to try it on I thought I’d give the tone mapping a try on a single image. I picked one I recently took from Padstow with a fairly dramatic sky which seems to be the type of image that can benefit from the HDR treatment.

It only took a few minutes tweaking a few sliders to get what I think is a fairly pleasing and dramatic result. The saved file was very noisy but a quick run through Neat Image soon sorted that out.

Here’s the finished image with the original shown below. What do think?

The original.

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If you want the chance to take some pictures of Little Egrets in Cornwall then make a visit to Padstow on the river Camel estuary. This picture was taken from the roadway where the Camel Trail cycle way starts. If I’d had more time it would have been easy to get much closer and get a decent backdrop but it was a case of get a quick shot and move on.

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