Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trip to the Zoo

I decided to take a trip to my local zoo at Chester as it always good to put a bit of exotic wildlife in front of the lens. It was very busy as you would expect at a weekend and I didn't stay too long, and just had a quick tour with the camera and 300mm lens. I like to take an occasional trip to the zoo as it requires a very different photographic technique to achieve good images and overcome the problems presented by mesh and glass enclosures. I was immediately drawn by the deep roaring of the male asiatic lion.
Then over to the new cheetahs, this one not looking to impressed about being photographed.
They are very beautiful cats and I find the new enclosure good for photography.Playful elephantsKomodo dragon taking a drinkMoving on to some close relations of the reptiles, with some of the zoo's birds. One of their large collection of conure speciesCrowned crane forming an almost abstract photoHornbillPelicanI can only wish that the flock of pigeons that visit my back garden were this colourful!


Tabib said...

Great technique.
If you didn't mention about the zoo, sure it can pass as a wildlife animals.

T and S said...

A zoo is always a great place to experiment a new camera or a new lens. You have handled the composition exquisitely. It is impossible to see that they have been shot in a zoo. Awesome

Little Brown Job said...

All lovely shots, particularly like the composition with the Elephants.


Fernando Pagán said...

Really fantastic shot! Beautiful work! Congratulations.

Azahari Reyes @ Jason a.k.a horukuru said...

Nice shots !

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for your comments. I actually spent a year going around various zoos before moving over to wild birds and animals. It is a great training ground and place to practice your technique.




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