Make the most of your trip to the zoo. Let it be a photography excursion! Family-album-style snapshots are not what you want. The goal is to try to make your zoo shots look like they were taken in the wild.
If you can reach out and touch and love and be with wildlife, you will be forever changed, and you will want to make the world a better place.
|Snow leopard at the Alaska Zoo (Anchorage, Alaska).|
…the telephoto lens blurs the background (because of the narrow depth of focus).
This selective focus accentuates the subject in the meerkat photo (below), hiding the zoo enclosure wall detail.
|Meerkat at the Metro Richmond Zoo (Richmond, Virginia).|
The bear (below) was photographed at eye-level in a habitat enclosure which is big and wide. It almost looks a bit too perfect, even though it is quite natural. And your attention wanders all over the picture.
|Bear at at Maymont Park (Richmond, VA).|
Here is the same bear (below) photographed from high above using a telephoto lens which crops and compresses the background.The bear is the center of attention.
The white tiger (below) was photographed through thick plexiglass using a rubber lens shade against the glass.
|White tiger, Metro Richmond Zoo, VA.|
NOTE: When photographing at the zoo through glass, arrive early in the day when the glass is freshly cleaned. Late in the day both humans and the animals will have smudged the glass.
Tip 4: Return again and again. Multiple visits to your local zoo will show you which animals are in the most natural settings, and you will also get familiar with their habits. I used my annual pass to keep returning to the cheetah habitat. When you identify specific animals as targets with photogenic potential, it is just a matter of time before you get some fabulous photos. If you buy an annual zoo pass at the beginning of the season, it’s worth it. You can return on numerous occasions when the weather suits you (and the animals) and get a variety of shots of the same animals.
This adult cheetah (above) was photographed only after many visits. About one year later, I finally got some pictures of her cubs (below).
|Bengal Tiger, Metro Richmond Zoo, VA.|
I hope you liked these tips and they help you in planning your next zoo photo-safari.
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