coming out of lurkdom - again - pics (long)

rainlily_sisJuly 10, 2007

Hi, everybody - I haven't post in forever - but I was so excited about these zoo pictures that I had to share. I usually hang out at the Antique Rose forum and gallery, but thought maybe a big thread with zoo pictures would be more appropriately posted over here.

I spent the day experimenting with manual settings and of course, messed up a bunch of them but got enough good ones to make me happy.

Hope you enjoy!

Sis

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twohuskies(z4A Mpls, MN)

Oooohhhh!!! They are all so beautiful! My favorites are the large cats (I'm partial to the large kitties). And the colors on the last two are spectacular! The black border sets them off perfectly.

Thanks for sharing those awesome photos..

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 11:47AM
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pete41(9ab FL.)

Registered today?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 12:00PM
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rainlily_sis

Thanks, twohuskies!

Yes, I did register today - with this name - but I've been a member since 2004.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 12:08PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Thanks Sis. Your use of black and white is so dramatic! How about some of your cute children?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 1:36PM
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debnfla8b

Hi Sis!!!

Glad to see you back.

I adore elephants...I collect elephant stuff. That turtle picture is precious too.

Love ya dear heart,
Deb

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 2:39PM
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orchids2000(7b)

Those are awesome photos. So how is the photo biz, treating you? Still doing OT?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 4:31PM
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onewheeler(Z5 N.S.)

Well Sis I gotta say, you have so much talent, I am delighted to see your pics, beautiful as always.

Thanks for sharing.

Valerie

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 8:07PM
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rainlily_sis

Thanks, Harry! I'll have to work on some new ones of the kids soon.

Hey, Deb! I didn't know you collected elephants, fun! Thanks, girlie.

Hey there, orchids! Thanks so much. Yep, photo biz is good, I started a part-time portrait business and will celebrate my first anniversary on Aug. 1, yay! Still doing OT, though - making decent money on the side job but not enough yet to quit and do 'pitchers' full time! lol

Aw, thanks, Valerie, that was nice!
Sis

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 10:55PM
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labrea_gw

Wow nice shots love the Roseate Spoonbill

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 12:42AM
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moodyblue(8)

Absolutely, absolutely LOVE your pics - Adore the cats. I want to be bold as an elephant and share my daughter and familY'S picture of a six day old baby elephanT at the San Diego Zoo this year. PRICELESS!!!

HAPPY you have come out of lurkdome, hope yiou stick around for a while. Did I tell you that I LOVED your photography!! :smile
Pauline - Vancouver Island

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 2:15AM
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debnfla8b

Pauline, that is a beautiful picture of Mama elephant and baby...how precious!!!

Deb

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 9:16AM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

Nice to see you Deb.
Sis, I like your black and whites. Also the colorful birds.
Hope you are doing well.

Carla

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:24AM
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rainlily_sis

Thank you, Pauline! You've made me feel very welcome! That baby elephant is adorable! I'm so glad you posted that photo. My kids and I went to the San Diego Zoo back in 2005 and it was a lot of fun.

Thanks, Carla, and I'm doing really good. How about you? Do you hear from Rozanna? I haven't heard from her in a while. I couldn't go over to her house last time she was in and I really regret that.
Sis

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:39AM
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rainlily_sis

Since you guys are enjoying them, here are a few more. My DH isn't so crazy about the b/w instead of color, but I really love it, it's different than my "usual" zoo pics. But he really liked this fish which I have no clue as to what it is, haha, we'd call it a "gar".

My focal point is off here, it's on the back of it's head rather than the rise of it's eyes.

I faded the color on this one and darkened it around the edges so your eye would be drawn more to the bird. I liked it but I'm not sure of it. What do you think?

And finally, my "artsy" photo of a rhino rear. (HAHA!)

Thanks for looking!
Sis

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 10:48AM
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twohuskies(z4A Mpls, MN)

I LOVE you b/w photos, all of them!! That fish photo is really neat. And I think you did a nice job editing the bird photo too.

Pauline - your photo is so sweet! I love that cute little baby elephant.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 11:46AM
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zeffyrose_pa6b7(6b7)

Great shots----I love the B&W

Florence

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 6:40PM
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pagan(8b)

great shots and LOL at the rhino rear! looks like mine!!

Welcome back honey!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2007 at 7:09AM
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rainlily_sis

Thanks, twohuskies, and Florence!

pagan, lol! I bet it doesn't look like yours.

My older son looked at it - he's not very 'artsy' - and he said "why did you want a picture of an elephant's butt?"
LOL!!!
Sis

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 9:57AM
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oldblush(8a, MS)

Dadgum Sis, you're getting good! Of course being a 'professional' you're supposed to be good. You keep raising the bar for the rest of us and it's completely out of my reach now.
I love all the pictures and the leopard and the lion bestest. You could have kept that rattle mouth moccasin to your self. BTW, that is an alligator gar (I think).
Hey, my rain lilies are blooming, wonder why (LOL).

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 7:08PM
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rainlily_sis

Aw, Hamp! Thanks, buddy! You are no slouch yourself - I'm still trying to reach the bar you set yourself with those beautiful rose pics!

Thanks for the support, my friend, you've been there the whole way...

BTW - my rain lilies have sent up leaves, but no blooms yet, darn it! My mom had a beautiful pink one blooming beside her Don Juan the other day. I wish I had my camera at the time for a picture, but alas...
Sis

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 8:38PM
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