Weekend Wanderings – Zooming in at the Zoo
Anyone who follows me on Google+ or Facebook will know that I went to the Melbourne Zoo this last week. I had another One on One Photography session with the same person that booked a few of them and we decided this week to go to the Melbourne Zoo. It was great, she loves animals and the Zoo is a great place to get photos of them. I didn’t take the macro with me, but I took my very, very cheap Nikon 70-300mm lens. It is a very cheap lens, you get what you pay for really, so you can tell me what you think. I used it to zoom in a lot with the animals and the flowers. I got so many images, that I am afraid, I will have to two posts on the trip, the second one, I don’t know when.
The Meerkats were playing around, and I tried to get lots of images of them, shame they blended into their background so much.
It was a gorgeous day there at the zoo, and it was looking fantastic. There were flowers out everywhere and with my interest in the macro recently I tried getting some shots with the zoom lens. I thought they came out okay. I tried doing lots of zooming. It is very well to go to the zoo and get photos of everything, but I really wanted to try out zooming right in, getting as close as I could with that lens.
The Butterfly house was perfect for that. They move around a lot, but if you wait, they will sit still for you. I did crop some of the other photos so that you could see the butterfly better.
When I was photographing the Giraffe I decided to try using the full frame as a cropped sensor, which in effect turned the 300mm into 450mm. You could do the same thing on the computer, but it was good to try it. It meant also that I could really compose the image in the frame. I just had to remember to use the right lines for the composition. I need to remember that I can do this more.
See that look on the Kangaroos face? See how worried he/she is? Well he/she had every right to be, that Emu started attacking them. Very nasty. The Emu wasn’t after the food, just wanted to scare them off, bully boy. I yelled at him/her to stop, and then he started heading my way. I thought I was going to get it. Thankfully it stopped before it got too close. It wasn’t nice. I did get some good images of it though, which I will put in the gallery.
We didn’t see everything at the Melbourne Zoo and because I was there to teach her how to take photos, that took up a lot of time. It was a great day though and I really enjoyed myself. I am going to put more photos in a gallery for you to enjoy now. I hope your weekend is going well.