I took my two younger kids to the Tulsa Zoo today. It’s a place we go to often and I truly enjoy photographing all the animals. Although these wild beasts are in captivity, I try to shoot them so they look like they could be out in the wild. I feel I succeed at this a lot of times, but sometimes those nasty cage bars or the dirty glass just can’t be taken out of the shot. I haven’t won the lottery yet so an African Safari or a trip to the Cayman Islands is out of the picture…for now anyway. Good thing the zoo is just down the road – I can shoot to my heart’s content. Join me as I guide you through our trip today.
This exhibit has been under construction for about a year. I am glad it has been completed and I can finally photograph these beautiful Snowy Owls. Owls fascinate me and I could watch these guys all day long.
This little guy (and he truly is little) is a Dik Dik. It almost seemed as if he were in awe of what I was doing. I snapped away and decided that his eyes were the sharpest in this shot.
This monkey is not in sharp focus, but I liked the expression on his face as he ate his lunch.
I love flamingos. Some people think they are ugly, but to me they are just gorgeous. I love their pink feathers! This guy was taking a nap in the shade so I decided to zoom in on his face buried in those feathers. I like the way the pink contrasts with the blurred green background.
As we were walking along, these bright yellow shirts caught my eye. I turned and saw all these little kids lined up against a fence staring into whatever was on the other side. I like the way the trees and foliage frame them in the shot. The animals are not the only thing that make good photos at the zoo. I try to keep my eyes and ears open to all kinds of possible subject matter. When I do, I am able to capture shots like the one above and this next one – a father with his young son enjoying their day out together.
Today was a scorcher so all the big animals that I really love to photograph were either hiding inside where it was cooler or standing/ sleeping in the shade that was way out of my 300mm lens’ range. I did not get that perfect shot I was looking for today. What I did get was quality time with my kids, a few decent pictures that I can share with all of you and some always essential camera practice. Here’s one last shot of a rather curious Iguana, who just happens to hail from the Caymans. Happy shooting, everyone!