Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


The Digital Photography School has selected for its’ weekly challenge the theme WIDE OPEN. 

The images collected are to be shot with large Apertures. Remember a large aperture (a big wide open hole in your lens) translates to a low number. So all the images should be taken at between f0.95 and f1.8.

If we do not have a camera that has an aperture that big – then we are to use the largest aperture we have available to us and to take and share a shot at that.

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The three animals above ( The Amur Tiger, Spring Bok and The Masai Giraffe also known as The Kilimanjaro Giraffe ) were taken last spring at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarian.



21 Responses to “WIDE OPEN”

  1. What was the focal length of the above photos?

    • Hi Sojourner, I was expermenting at the time these were taken. All three were taken at 5.6. I was playing with depth of field and I liked these results. Since I’m a beginner I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3. I hope to get a better camera at a later date. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. You are doing wonderful things with your camera!

  3. Wonderful shots, Francine. Animals are great subjects, aren’t they? Happy weekend to you. 😉

  4. loved the way how they are looking 🙂

  5. Lovely creatures!

  6. Oh wow… amazing shots 🙂

  7. 3 great shots. I especially like the giraffe with it’s similarly “colored” background.

  8. Francine,
    Beautiful animal photos. Thanks for the photography lesson.
    Claudia 🙂

  9. Made me feel that I was part of the amazing adventure. Beautiful photos….fun and exciting. Thanks…

  10. Just Love them Francine, thank you I’m always awed by God’s Creation it is all so good and your Photography means it’s shared in the blogging world, which is great.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  11. Amazing shoots! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Beautiful clear shots ,catches the expressions, God has made such beautiful creatures, thanks Francine.


  13. Beautiful shots and beautiful animals, Francine.

  14. I’m finally catching up on blogs! I’ll read/“Like” blog posts, but will comment on other/future posts. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

  15. Love the springbok best of all!

  16. Fabulous top drawer pictures.;)

  17. Great pics. Do you have an cheetah shots?

    • Sorry, not yet but give me a few weeks and I’ll try and get some. Will be going to the Pittsburgh Zoo again. Thanks for asking.


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