We took a trip over to the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park while visiting the the family in Nebraska last weekend.  This conservation area is part of the Henry Doorly Zoo.  It is a pretty neat idea, you remain in your vehicle as you drive around a conservation area filled with Elk, Bison, Cranes, Pelicans, Bears, Wolves, and Bald Eagles.  The animals are sometimes arms reach from your vehicle.  Of course I took the opportunity to shoot some wildlife in HDR.  I was glad to finally shoot a Bald Eagle in the wild, well the contained wild.  I have seen them throughout Nebraska with my Mother in law but was never lucky enough to get the shot.

At times like these it is great having a 70-300mm lens.  It may not be the best 70-300 out there, but it allows me the ability to get the shot I need, I can work in post later.  Don’t get me wrong, in the right conditions this lens is tack sharp, but it is rather poor in low light with a maximum aperture of 3.5 I am kind of limited indoors.  Outdoors with ample sunlight, this lens shoots like a charm.  I was able to get nice and close on these behemoth Elk, such a huge animal.

I used my Dreamscape technique on the image below to give it a more vintage look.


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