I actually like my Elephant image better, but this is a pretty good first result, I'm encouraged to go back and get some more. I didn't notice the little piece of gunk till I posted the picture, I also got it to look more like the slide than this (i.e. BETTER) after playing with it in Photoshop for a bit.
Not bad, but your background doesn't look very African. Most zoo shots are animal close ups with as little background as possible and placed well out of focus. The trick is to show the animals in a way that you can't tell it is taken in a zoo. Unless that's your intention of course. Zoos or gamefarms are interesting places to take close ups of shy animals. Pictures, which would be impossible to take in the wild.
Yeah you're right but I couldn't resist the compositional elements of balancing the picture with the male & the tree. Take a look at this portrait, I think you'll like it. By the way will somebody tell me how yall are posting pictures right on this page without having to link to some other page?
I agree with with Photophil, I do like to shoot close-ups at the Zoo. I am glad to see your post, as I am contemplating going to Zoo Atlanta in the future. The lion compound looks like a nice place to get some good shots. This image is of the White Lions of the Cincinnati Zoo. http://www.shuttercity.com/public/dbyrd/wl012%2Ejpgnh%2Ejpg
Once I told a friend that I shot this photo in Afica and she had no doubt about it. Well.. I intentionally didn't crop out the artificial stuff in the top of the frame just to see if anyone notice that.
It's shot at Taipei City Zoo and I stood on a high postion to take this shot.