Day at the Zoo

And now for something different. This spring I spent the day at the San Diego Zoo learning some camera techniques that helped with photographing animals. Particularly, I learned how to use Automatic ISO with a minimum shutter speed. I wanted to keep my shutter speed high enough to capture moving subjects, sometimes in low light or shadows. I was using a 100-400 lens so I chose a minimum shutter speed of 1/400 sec. Enough with the technical. Here are some photos.

My favorites from the day were these shots of the Sleepy Flamingo and another with just its feathers.

Pink Wave
Hiding in Feathers

The photo below was taken earlier in the day, when the light harsher. I often like to find dark backgrounds to make the subject stand out as with the two photos below.

Keen Eye

I spend the bulk of the day with various apes. It was especially moving to watch one woman converse through the glass with one of the gorillas. She was a regular visitor to the zoo and knew this particular gorilla over several years. She was showing it a photo of another gorilla and talking to it through the glass. The gorilla was intent with eyes on this woman and her photo. I didn’t get of photo of her, but here are some others.

Angolan Colobus Monkey
Boastful Baboon
Going Places

To see more from this outing, click here.

3 thoughts on “Day at the Zoo

  1. Hi Lawrence how are you doing? Loved your new subject of the photos. you are getting very technique with your lens, very nice!👍
    Haven’t seen you for a long time, have you been hiking later?
    Best wishes
    Mingya

    Sent from my iPhone

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