We will be visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park in early April, and I wondered if anyone has been there and can give tips for the best places in the park to shoot. We would be most interested in large mamals, especially of the African variety.
Also, can we expect to get any good shots from the tour train?
Now I wish I got to go, I was in sandiego a week ago, but ran out of time before I got the the Wild animal park. I did get to go to the zoo, but the rewind button on my 4004 kicked out on my, and I missed 3 hours worth of shooting time, and by the time I got it working again we were almost done and my companions wanted to leave. I only got 2 rolls. Haven't gotten them back yet, I'll keep you guys posted.
You may want to consider going to the Zoo instead. I have taken dynamite shots at the zoo. I live in San Diego so I'm lucky I guess. Only a few of the animals are in "cages." There are zones that replicate the look and feel of the wild. I have taken some nice shots of the gorillas, as well as tigers. The avairy is always full of photographers and the avairy at the Zoo is much lighter and brighter than at the wild animal park.
By the way, shot with my D1 (have to admit, heavily edited with PhotoShop)
I went to the SDWAP last January and thought it was fantastic! The train ride around the park is worth it. They stop regularly to let you take some shots. Next time I at least take a monopod. There a plenty of opportunities for excellent shots, especially with anything 300mm or greater. As Dave says, 400 ISO.
I'm going back the last week in March and will take the train again. They also have a "safari" truck that will drive you among the animals. You can reserve this. Go to their website or call them. Take a good tripod.
Here are two cheetah shots...not from the train. They were feeding at a log. I used my Nikkor 70-300 handheld but helped by a small tree.
The Wild Animal Park is an amazing place. Bring your most powerful zoom telephoto for the open space tram ride. Bring a macro lens for the aviary and butterfly areas. Bring LOTS of film and I would recommend planning on at least 400 ISO, most sections are dark in heavy vegetation except the open spaces and there you will be on a moving tram with a telephoto. Expect to go through at least 8 rolls or more even if you don't get trigger happy.
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