Hi, I've seen many nice portraits of animals, taken in zoo's. Why don't we gather them in this challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to show them as natural as possible. So, no concrete, bars, wire, ... should be visible in the picture. Good luck
Hi Lyle, Thanks for the compliment. It was quite a complicated shot. I took the picture late one evening when everybody was long gone. I had to shoot through a glass pane. The problem was that the low sun reflected in the glass and I also could see my own reflection. I solved the problem by taking a few large branches from the forest. I build a frame and with my coat and my t-shirt, I quickly fixed a sunblind to fend off the unwanted reflections. Luckily, I was all alone because it must have been a strange sight. The picture was taken in the Bayerischer Wald in Germany. A wildlife park which is open 24 hours a day. It's a paradise for nature photographers. Nikon F4s, Tokina 80-200/2.8 and tripod.
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OK, the secret's out. This was shot through a (very thick, thankfully) glass pane (I say "thankfully" because I was probably 2 feet away). Shot many years ago handheld, with an FG and a Tamron 70-210. The key was waiting for the light and catching him at the right moment as he was continuously pacing back and forth.
I think I JUST missed the focus, though. His nose looks to me to be a little sharper than his eyes and this has always bugged me.
Here are a few I haven't already posted in other threads. All were taken at Mesker Zoo in Evansville Indiana. All were taken with the N70, the snake with a Nikkor 28-200 and the other 2 with a Sigma 70-300, the snake with kodak 100 and the other 2 with Fuji 100. The snake and the lemur were through glass and the cougar through wire mesh. Mesker Zoo is not very photographer friendly.
Nice pictures you've posted in zoo challenge! Love them! Suppose some of them were done with that Soligor lens you mentioned in your profile? Never expected such a quality (actually have heard not that much of them). Are you satisfied with it, aren't you?
Although I am not a zoo-goer -my parents took me to the zoo as a kid, and all those big eyes seemed already too sad to my small ones- my love for animals and for photography, together with your splendid pictures made me take this challenge, and so here are my contributions.
Hi Kelvin, That's a great shot of Jonathan (the lion) - he's a real sweetheart. And I think the tiger is Pandu - looks like he got into a squabble with his brother, as he has quite a good cut under his right nostril! (I live close to the zoo and try to go often.) Regards, Kimberly
These lions were shot through glass at Whipsnade Zoo, whilst the top left is blown out (shooting almost into late afternoon sun) I really liked the feel of the shot, I think it looks more wild than it really is.
I took this photo of a wolf at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange NJ. I know he's running out of the picture, but It happened so fast I was lucky to get it at all. D200 ISO 100 1/500 f5.6 18-200 mm 3.5-5.6 vr
I don't have any zoo pictures, but I did want to say this is a great collection of images. The one of the bald eagle was my favorite...and also that wild kitten. very cute (the kitten..not the eagle) lol
Okay here's a couple more from me - that have been sitting 'undeveloped' on my machine for almost a year!
Both at Whipsnade Zoo in the UK.
At Whipsnade Zoo, UK. These guys run loose around the site and are quite used to human presence. This one allowed me to lie flat on the ground no more than six feet away and snap away to my heart's content.
I thought I'd add my favourite pictures from trips to zoos around the UK from 2007. The first is a pelican from Longleat Safari Park, the second a monkey (I forget which species he was) from the more local Twycross Zoo.
D70S Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 at 200 ISO 320 1/2500 @ f/5.6 AP -1/3EV
D70S Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 at 85 ISO 500 1/640 @f/4.2 SP