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01-22-2010, 07:55 AM   #1
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Share your zoo images

As a poor cousin to 'authentic' nature photography we are sometimes embarrassed to show our zoo shots as the subjects are captive. It is only a step or two up from taking pics of our pets.

We wouldn't be permitted to enter the images into shows or galleries - its cheating isn't it to be able to stand 2 metres from a lion.

But we all take our camera gear to the zoo. Zoo photos have ther own challenge with limited PoV and poor lighting conditions so use this thread to share the shots you enjoy with a few words as to why.

Here are a few from Perth Zoo to be going on with all taken with the K20D & Tokina ATX 80-400:
Lion- makes me sleepy just looking at her


Numbat - only the tip of the nose and tail are still.


Orangutan with young - mother and child are cute in any species


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A few from Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.







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from the Columbus Zoo


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Melbourne zoo Oz
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Well not really a "zoo" image but it was taken from my trip to Safari Park in Indonesia last summer

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more Columbus Zoo


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From the San Antonio Zoo - more found in my gallery.



The Austin zoo had more interesting animals actually, except for SA's Rhino. But it was more of a rescue zoo, taking in discarded pets rather than being a natural exhibit type zoo. More in the gallery.

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At the Nuernberg Zoo...










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The most challenging part in zoo photography is to get a decent (aka not artificially looking) background and avoid foreground vignetting by nets etc. In the Frankfurt zoo, which is under a complete overhaul to create more natural habitats, the modern enclosures usually have large glass "fencing", which provides its own problems (reflections, loss of contrast, dirt on the glass etc.).

Nevertheless some examples from the Frankfurt zoo.

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I'm a long-time member and a huge fan of The Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. It's the second oldest zoo in the United States and my favorite zoo that I've visited outside of The San Diego Zoo.

Here's a few of my favorites...

Favorite time of the year to visit... winter... during a good snow...
K20D and DA*300 f/4

K20D and DA*50-135

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bud Quote
I'm a long-time member and a huge fan of The Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. It's the second oldest zoo in the United States and my favorite zoo that I've visited outside of The San Diego Zoo.

Here's a few of my favorites...

Favorite time of the year to visit... winter... during a good snow...

Bud, those images are spectacular!

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A few from the St. Louis zoo..

Shot with ES II, and S-M-C Takumar 200mm F4, Fujicolor 200





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A couple of images from the Calgary Zoo:
Mountain goat

Whooping crane:

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I love taking my kids to the zoo. And then there are the images I bring back.




I must have missed this topic in the past. I will try to limit my contributions. Or promise to get better.
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