EXIF: D300, 55-200 VR, 1/250, f/4.8, ISO400, 116mm OK... a decent but certainly not spectacular picture of a crested crane with a couple of obvious technical flaws... so why on earth would I be kind of proud of this one. BECAUSE I shot it through THIS: This critter is in the Hilo Zoo, which means it is in a rainforest. All of the cages are absolutely covered in muck from all the rain. It looks like rust but it isn't, it's actually a brown moss. That cage slits are about half an inch thick, and the lens I was using only opens to f/4.8. OK, I did a LOT of PP on this one (at least for me... since I don't normally do much of any PP on my critter shots). The beast was completely backlit as you can tell from its crest, and to expose the face I had to entirely blow out the back... it was completely white on top... Another problem is that this cage extends over the top of the enclosure, which made REALLY ugly shadows all over everywhere. SO... In capture NX I gaussian blurred the background really big time, leaving only the face and crest. I then went into Photoshop (GASP! That's right, me using photoshop) and fixed a couple areas with cloning that were horribly shadowed), then went back to Capture NX and did the rest of the PP. In the end, I think it looks OK. Certainly not good, let alone great, but considering the situation I was in I am rather happy with the way it turned out.