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Taken at Schonbrunn, the World's oldest zoo in Vienna, Austria.

Taken at Schonbrunn, the World's oldest zoo in Vienna, Austria.
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People's Choice in High Contrast In Black and White Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in High Contrast In Black and White Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Zootography Photo Contest
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nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 01, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Zootography Photo Contest!
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford October 26, 2015
Exceptional work and timing! Congrats!
Svea_Knetzke
 
Svea_Knetzke November 02, 2015
Very precious, congrats!
KacperMichalik
 
KacperMichalik September 18, 2016
Amazing
EdithNero
 
EdithNero September 18, 2016
So lovely shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was captured at Schonbrunn, the world's oldest zoo in Vienna, Austria.
Time
I went to Vienna for a business trip and had arranged to arrive a day early, as I'd never been there before and was so excited to be able to take my camera and capture whatever I possibly could. As luck would have it, it rained just about the entire time I was there, but I didn't let it stop me. I took the train to the Schonbrunn area and walked around for what seemed like forever. I ended up at the world's oldest zoo, where I took this photograph in the afternoon in overcast - but dry - conditions. I think the overcast conditions definitely contributed toward ideal conditions for B&W imagery.
Lighting
I'm a huge advocate of "natural" photography. From lighting to post processing, it is important to me that the image I share be more demonstrative of the artist residing within the photographer than the guy who has masterfully benefited from available hardware and software. Once again, I believe the overcast conditions played a huge part in being able to accentuate the contrast in the scene presented to me.
Equipment
I shot this image handheld with a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS L lens at 200mm. Exposure was 1/200, f2.8, ISO 800.
Inspiration
For a "zoo environment," this section was just really, really interesting! There were monkeys cuddling with goats, goats snuggling with goats, cool rock formations, great angles, etc. I wedged my way between many others who were equally mesmerized by the truly cool scene and just started wearing out my shutter.
Editing
True to my earlier comment regarding my feeling that artistry lies within the human heart, imagination, and inspiration, I'm not a big fan of Photoshop. I used Lightroom (love it) and Nik's Silver Efex Pro for this image. I try not to put more than ten minutes into post, as anything more ends up violating my attempt to remain true to the existing conditions.
In my camera bag
WHEN I have time to do what I love, my Clik Elite bag carries my beloved Canon 5D MIII with these lenses: Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L; Canon 17-40mm f4.0; and Sigma 24-105mm f4.0. I also carry either my MeFoto or Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod, CP and ND filters, a remote, a Metz flash, 3 extra batteries, and lens/filter cleaners.
Feedback
When capturing images of anything that can move (in this case, goats), you have to make sure your shutter speed is fast enough and you really need to take a LOT of shots. One or a few out of the bunch will end up resonating with what really inspired you to capture the particular moment in the first place. Always remember how depth of field and the rule of thirds plays into the end result, and don't forget to always imagine how the setting might take on a whole new look if rendered in B&W. This can always give a "so-so" opportunity a whole new - and exciting - perspective!

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