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Apr 14, 2019 11:44:40   #
jmmcgrath17
 
Looking for suggestions on taking pictures at local zoo. Mostly though chain link fencing and/or small mesh fencing. Is there a setting that will minimize or eliminate the fencing?? Thanks, Jim

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Apr 14, 2019 12:04:39   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
jmmcgrath17 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on taking pictures at local zoo. Mostly though chain link fencing and/or small mesh fencing. Is there a setting that will minimize or eliminate the fencing?? Thanks, Jim


Try using a shallow Depth of Field.

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Apr 14, 2019 13:35:01   #
jmmcgrath17
 
Thanks, will try.

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Apr 14, 2019 13:45:13   #
RWR (a regular here)
 
jmmcgrath17 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on taking pictures at local zoo. Mostly though chain link fencing and/or small mesh fencing. Is there a setting that will minimize or eliminate the fencing?? Thanks, Jim

If possible, put the lens right up against the fence, and use a wide aperture. A collapsed rubber hood will protect the lens.

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Apr 14, 2019 14:19:02   #
Vietnam Vet
 
RWR wrote:
If possible, put the lens right up against the fence, and use a wide aperture. A collapsed rubber hood will protect the lens.


I press the plastic lens hood against the fence and it works well.

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Apr 14, 2019 21:25:10   #
Stardust (a regular here)
 
Besides current advice also sometimes where fencing meets posts there is a wider opening you might be able to zoom through.

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Apr 15, 2019 06:43:03   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
jmmcgrath17 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on taking pictures at local zoo. Mostly though chain link fencing and/or small mesh fencing. Is there a setting that will minimize or eliminate the fencing?? Thanks, Jim


Use a telephoto lens, stand very close to the fence, use the widest aperture you can.

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Apr 15, 2019 07:55:21   #
khorinek (a regular here)
 
jmmcgrath17 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on taking pictures at local zoo. Mostly though chain link fencing and/or small mesh fencing. Is there a setting that will minimize or eliminate the fencing?? Thanks, Jim


I use single spot focus.

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Apr 15, 2019 09:26:04   #
gvarner (a regular here)
 
Get as close to the fence as possible. Use a focusing technique that allows you to focus on the distant subject and not the fence links. I’ve done wolves through a fence with blurred links and it worked OK. The links give a sense of depth and separation.

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Apr 15, 2019 09:43:38   #
Zooman 1
 
If you can't get close to the fence, try centering your subject within the openings of the fence. (If you want to meet zoo staff just jump over the barriers and remember to tell them you only wanted to take a closer photo!)

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Apr 15, 2019 10:13:46   #
NormanTheGr8
 
Best is to climb over the fence and shoot from there 😁

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Apr 15, 2019 11:10:06   #
jmmcgrath17
 
I just became a docent at the Zoo. Stepping over the safety fence is ground for dismissal. I actually worked at this Zoo in the mid 70's as maintenance, then I could go and do anything I wanted.

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Apr 15, 2019 11:16:11   #
Lucian
 
Ummm, I'm sure those suggestions were JOKES!!!! Lighten up.

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Apr 15, 2019 11:58:21   #
lsupremo
 
If you bring .the lens right up to the fence, BE CAREFUL, I once zoomed my lens into the fence and screwed it up so it broke something so it wouldn’t zoom right anymore.

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Apr 15, 2019 11:59:56   #
Strodav (a regular here)
 
Very good tips have already been posted. They work for me. I will add AF using a single point usually works, but don't hesitate to go to manual focus if your camera is trying to focus on the barrier or the background

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