I’m no expert in photographing zoo animals, but here are some of my tricks to get satisfying results.
Stone Zoo New England is a relatively small zoo, but houses some of my favorite animals.
Roadrunners have such stunning plumage, funny looks and movements, I hurry to their enclosure every time.
The cage grids are pretty tight, but luckily, I could extend my arms to get close to the grid openings to capture this beautiful and inquisitive bird without the obstacle. It requires a little patience, waiting for the bird to be in a good position for the picture, but the result is well-worth it.
It’s easier if the bird is away from the cage. You can zoom in through the grid openings.
The black bear enclosure has a glass viewing area, and all I do is to wait for the bear in the position where reflection is minimal.
My mid-range camera has a “dusk light” setting, so I tried it. Best to use a tripod, but if the subjects stay still, the pictures come out good enough without it for my personal photo albums.
When I can’t get close to the cage to shoot through the openings, I zoom in for the best possible shot. Thus, the extreme close-up! Her name is Chessie.
Sometimes Chessie hangs out in front of the glass viewing area, and here’s one from 2 years ago.
Of course, I don’t miss an opportunity to photograph a wild bunny resident in the zoo ground.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a room full of budgies! I hate to use flash light, so some photos have motion blurr, but I kinda like the effect.
Is it jet-lagged? I read that Koalas sleep at least 18 hours a day.
Flamingos are gorgeous subjects. I waited for one of them to stretch their wings.
This next one is from 2 years ago, and still my favorite flamingo shot of all time.
Sushi, the river otter is always running around like a jack russel terrier on RedBull, and is quite a challenge to get a clear shot. Again, it takes nothing but patience, waiting for him to come into my picture.
Again, I opted to zoom in as close as possible to overcome the cage grids. You can see the wires faintly, but can get a pretty clear picture of cute babies!
The crane enclosure had a fence with larger grids, and easier to shoot through the openings.
It was getting close to the closing time. Last, but not the least, I love goats.
It was a very fruitful zoo visit. (^^)/ Till next time.
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