Safari park + dull light + 18-105mm lens = dull photos?

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Safari park + dull light + 18-105mm lens = dull photos?
Feb 8, 2010

I visited Woburn Safari Park yesterday and took my D90 with 18-105mm lens and was hoping for some good shots.

Obviously I wasn't able to wind down my window in the safari drive (!), the light was poor and I obviously didn't have a tripod, being sat in the passenger seat of a Rav 4.....

However, I tried to get some good shots of the Rhino's, tigers etc. and some were 'OK' but the lens wasn't enough reach for some of the shots.

Nevertheless, almost all of the shots came out very blurry with and without flash, so the moment I try and 'zoom in' when viewing the image on the PC, the clarity is rubbish.

Is this purely down to one of, or a combination of:

  • low light & needing maybe a higher ISO

  • lack of stability (tripod/beanbag etc)

  • lens restriction in focal length

  • other?

Can anyone give me any constructive advise of techiniques/shooting modes that might improve the shots, or do I just have to come to terms with it being a poor light day and should go back another day, or buy a telephoto lens??!

Any feedback would be gratefully received

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