LightningPaul

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photoblog image The Piglet not getting any Milk

The Piglet not getting any Milk


A couple of weeks ago I visited the pig museum in Eersel, in The Netherlands. Above you see one of the mother pigs with her little piglets, each fighting to get some milk. One of them didn't manage to get some, he got pushed away (or above) by the others.


TECH-INFO: taking pictures was not easy because there was little light and visitors were standing behind glass. The low light situation got mainly solved by using a fast prime lens, offering an aperture of f/1.8. I prefer using at f/2.0 because it's only 1/3 stop you loose but you get much more sharpness. The glass, shielding me from the pigs, reduces contrast and reflects the lights and room behind me. So I carefully held my lens against the glass and surround it with my hands to avoid any reflection of the glass going into my lens.
During post-processing, I converted the RAW file with DxO Optics Pro, which made the metal bars straight again (the lens has quite some barrel distortion for a prime) and contrast got partly recovered. In Photoshop I worked more on colors and contrast, and the sides of the images got darkened.

The Piglet not getting any Milk


A couple of weeks ago I visited the pig museum in Eersel, in The Netherlands. Above you see one of the mother pigs with her little piglets, each fighting to get some milk. One of them didn't manage to get some, he got pushed away (or above) by the others.


TECH-INFO: taking pictures was not easy because there was little light and visitors were standing behind glass. The low light situation got mainly solved by using a fast prime lens, offering an aperture of f/1.8. I prefer using at f/2.0 because it's only 1/3 stop you loose but you get much more sharpness. The glass, shielding me from the pigs, reduces contrast and reflects the lights and room behind me. So I carefully held my lens against the glass and surround it with my hands to avoid any reflection of the glass going into my lens.
During post-processing, I converted the RAW file with DxO Optics Pro, which made the metal bars straight again (the lens has quite some barrel distortion for a prime) and contrast got partly recovered. In Photoshop I worked more on colors and contrast, and the sides of the images got darkened.

comments (8)

A pig museum, now that is interesting Paul. Great capture, excellent job on the sharpness and clarity. Adorable shot!
how sweet they look, too bad they grow up so big
makes me want to give up bacon sarnies grin superb to say it was shot through glass Paul.
I've always had a soft spot for pigs after helping a farmer look after his when I was a lad. A pig museum, that sounds just up my street.
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 6 May 2010, 16:32
Awesome capture. That little guy is obviously not strong on the evolutionary ladder. He needs to be more aggressive.
Those a pretty hungry piglets!
A delightful picture Paul
  • k@
  • France
  • 14 May 2010, 21:58
Your pinkish story is SO great !

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camera NIKON D300
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/50s
aperture f/2.0
sensitivity ISO400
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