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Title: Zoo Pics
Post by: JandJ Creative on February 24, 2011, 03:25:21 AM
Anybody "game"?
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo.jpg)
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo-4.jpg)
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo-2.jpg)
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo-3.jpg)
If anyone's curious they were all shot with a 135mm 2.0 and my "old" 1ds.  The 135 really has "cage melting" power.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: leGreve on February 24, 2011, 04:07:27 AM
Animal photography was one of the first thing I took an interest in, before I became a formal photographer. I looked at a lot of Andy Rouse photos and the likes, and then it faded. Of latest I've mostly only seen mediocre things around... that's why I want to comment on your stuff. I really like it. It's easy to ruin a good zoo image, but you managed to pull something really nice off here.
I like you framing, composition and tone. Pleasing to look at...
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: JandJ Creative on February 24, 2011, 04:31:06 AM
Thanks!  Just as it is with people, timing is everything with animals.  I really enjoyed it, although they're a lot more unpredictable than (most) people!

Here's another one of some hecklers
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo-5.jpg)

And speaking of timing.  Here's one my wife got.  I love the little girl with her dad in the background who is pointing.
(http://www.jandjcreative.com/hotlinks/zoo-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: jnskyliner34 on March 14, 2011, 06:47:32 AM
Adelaide Zoo. All shot with a Canon 1000D + EFS 55-250mm :)

Meerkat
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4662603791_5af86210e6_z.jpg)

Tapir
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1271/4662602999_b55fbaedb8_z.jpg)

Kangaroo
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4663222642_79540674bf_z.jpg)

Barbary Sheep
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1298/4663223284_4f3c3e15b6_z.jpg)
Title: Zoo Lujan in Argentina...
Post by: seacritter on April 10, 2011, 08:40:13 AM
There's an interactive zoo in Argentina, just outside of Buenos Aires named zoo Lujan.  You can enter the cages with the animals.  These were 2 of 5, eight month old African tigers.

(http://scubabuceo.com/images/_MG_4816.jpg)

(http://scubabuceo.com/images/_MG_4875.jpg)

Capn Scott
http://capnscott.com (http://capnscott.com)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Ghostdive on July 20, 2011, 10:20:21 AM
her also a few pics, which i made yesterday.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5957977764_7e1c687fa6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957977764/)
IMG_4842-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957977764/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/5957950082_5c7edc2088_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957950082/)
IMG_4632-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957950082/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6124/5957945044_94bc6493f5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957945044/)
IMG_4612-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957945044/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6143/5957359655_1b42a71a3f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957359655/)
IMG_4540-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957359655/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/5957356509_bd63be0f65_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957356509/)
IMG_4534-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957356509/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5957342849_62e456a65c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957342849/)
IMG_4434-20110719.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63870759@N06/5957342849/) von ingothierack (http://www.flickr.com/people/63870759@N06/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on November 10, 2011, 12:09:11 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/4836402076_40d0f47061_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402076/)
Barbary Ape(Monkey) at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402076/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/4836402072_11ff869dac_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402072/)
Elephant at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402072/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/4836402056_cb53659ca4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402056/)
An Arctic Fox at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402056/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/4836084076_d0faa14dbb_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836084076/)
An Elephant at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836084076/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/4836402054_7d38bc1a79_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402054/)
A Polar Bear Paw at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4836402054/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ghosh9691 on November 11, 2011, 01:33:33 PM
Here's one from the Fort Worth Zoo...
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on November 11, 2011, 05:35:18 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/4974925399_ffdfa4c7c4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4974925399/)
A Jellyfish at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/4974925399/) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Anonanimal on November 13, 2011, 07:38:41 PM
A hungry mountain lion at the Albuquerque zoo.  Taken from behind a pretty dirty window...

(http://tdodd.smugmug.com/Zoos/Albuquerque-Zoo-111111/i-jgvdLpv/0/M/20111111-IMG4838-M.jpg) (http://tdodd.smugmug.com/Zoos/Albuquerque-Zoo-111111/20032770_VdN7wH#1579113126_jgvdLpv-A-LB)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: stephen_ny on December 29, 2011, 11:19:15 AM
Bob cat posing for the camera..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenf81/
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Harley on December 30, 2011, 12:02:13 AM
All just handheld shots with an FL 55mm f/1.2
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: CanonAddict on December 30, 2011, 01:17:17 AM
I'll give this a go. A few from the San Diego Zoo.

Elephant
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5221/5652316109_2a156fcf55_z.jpg)

Macaw
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5185/5652796758_090da17279_z.jpg)

Caribbean Flamingo
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5104/5652304427_7e0678fcef_z.jpg)

Mandarin Duck
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5309/5652816974_e8ccf5fa1a_z.jpg)

Adolescent Panda
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5103/5651932957_2fa7b36c9b_z.jpg)

Koala
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5308/5652739678_a65cb4df32_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: wopbv4 on December 30, 2011, 01:23:07 AM
Perth West Australia, 7D, 70-200 L II
I still feel guilty that I woke him up
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: imberandon on December 30, 2011, 01:53:30 AM
Canon 60d 18-55 is, 70-300
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: gudun74 on January 01, 2012, 12:40:15 AM
All taken with 550D and 70-200 f4 L IS

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5017/5467505961_c37c319b6d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467505961/)
Lion (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467505961/) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5297/5467506223_8d88f6d4cd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467506223/)
Tiger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467506223/) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5092/5468102644_ef301a8f2e_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468102644/)
Lioness (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468102644/) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5098/5468105744_cb812c58c7_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468105744/)
Angry turtle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468105744/) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5257/5467498757_1f64f355aa_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467498757/)
Curious one (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467498757/) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: picturesbyme on February 05, 2012, 10:50:44 PM
(http://www.picturesbyme.com/img/s7/v8/p119747470-3.jpg)

(http://www.picturesbyme.com/img/s7/v7/p213958929-3.jpg)

www.picturesbyme.com (http://www.picturesbyme.com)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: kalmiya on February 09, 2012, 02:20:19 PM
(http://kitt3n.homeftp.net/images/gaiapark2011/20110814_0270_.JPG)

baby lynx...
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: EYEONE on February 09, 2012, 02:37:20 PM
A few from our local zoo. Canon 7D: 70-200mm f2.8 IS II
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: girod199 on February 09, 2012, 03:27:16 PM
L.A. Zoo

Canon 40D + 70-200 f/2.8L

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6029/5989922700_78115f296b_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6141/5989362155_a096bf06db_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6133/5989902806_2c3696574c_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: rebelphil on February 10, 2012, 01:06:52 AM
LA Zoo /  Rebel T1i  70-300L 4-5.6 is usm
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: gudun74 on February 23, 2012, 06:59:27 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5014/5468094254_48aa876149_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468094254/)
Angry frogmouth (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468094254/#) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5055/5467499619_5377f7a3de_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467499619/)
IMG_5953.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467499619/#) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5255/5468101510_d51628416b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468101510/)
Seal (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5468101510/#) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: munsoned on March 05, 2012, 10:24:28 AM
I love photographing at the zoos, it's one of my favorite things.  Here are a few from my 5D mark II and my 100-400 L lens:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6007/5870698235_806ca03f52.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5870698235/)
Prairie dog fight (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5870698235/#) by Evan Animals (http://www.flickr.com/people/ehambrick/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3500/5759105300_35e39b8990.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5759105300/)
Laughing Bonobo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5759105300/#) by Evan Animals (http://www.flickr.com/people/ehambrick/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3503/5752285419_b6c2ebf5e5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5752285419/)
Polar Bear Dental Exam (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5752285419/#) by Evan Animals (http://www.flickr.com/people/ehambrick/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2581/5709876917_5d84c706b9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5709876917/)
Flying Raccoon - Detail & Story & 30 more photos! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ehambrick/5709876917/#) by Evan Animals (http://www.flickr.com/people/ehambrick/), on Flickr

I also have a bunch of photos with my Canon 40D + 75-300 cheap lens if anyone is interested, some are better than these. 
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on May 29, 2012, 10:02:24 PM
I've posted these elsewhere on here but they're also zoo photos of a sort. These were taken at the Muskoka Wildlife Centre in Ontario:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5258/5569893893_d8d056a43e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5569893893/)
Akayla, a Gray/Timber Wolf from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5569893893/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5018/5573791063_fc284d77b3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5573791063/)
Dr. Hoo, a Great Horned Owl from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5573791063/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5027/5588574727_92523bcd07.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5588574727/)
Luna, a Saw-whet Owl from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5588574727/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5226/5600633108_605f7d9cd8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5600633108/)
Akayla and Montana, Gray/Timber Wolves from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5600633108/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5269/5569175747_b62ee21708.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5569175747/)
Yeti, a Canada Lynx from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5569175747/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5134/5570988247_235df73371.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5570988247/)
Renard, a Red Fox from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/5570988247/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Narcolepsy on July 06, 2012, 09:06:16 AM
Spider Monkey, Edinburgh Zoo
5D2 100L 2.8 Macro 1/320 f2.8 ISO3200
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on July 08, 2012, 10:19:59 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7532247300_74bc1f8749.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7532247300/)
Peacock at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7532247300/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on July 09, 2012, 08:55:37 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/7539612488_1928fc91aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7539612488/)
Greater Kudu Antelope at the Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7539612488/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7263/7539611410_6a5eca34b4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7539611410/)
A Jellyfish at the Toronto Zoo II (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7539611410/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on July 26, 2012, 09:03:43 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8293/7653524638_b50c43d1f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7653524638/)
Dark Underworld of Peacocks, Toronto Zoo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherbrian/7653524638/#) by Christopher Brian's Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/christopherbrian/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Northstar on August 22, 2012, 08:02:45 PM
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: MrFotoFool on October 14, 2012, 06:03:07 PM
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.

No offense, but I find the reflection distracting.  The bear action is great, but I personally would like it better if it had been taken with a polarizing filter to eliminate the reflections.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: chops411 on October 14, 2012, 06:19:01 PM
Nashville Tn Zoo
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: tomscott on October 14, 2012, 07:12:15 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2083/5828066128_f77e07db69_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5828066128/)
Tiger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5828066128/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5155/5828064116_a4e8bc34c9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5828064116/)
IMG_9407 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5828064116/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/6871483054_d90009ef80_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871483054/)
Turtle 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871483054/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2205/5827514023_beb818ef4c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5827514023/)
Bat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/5827514023/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/7017549175_ee2bb2defa_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/7017549175/)
Lizard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/7017549175/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/6871461000_9a913e0bf6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871461000/)
Shark (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871461000/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/6871382026_f693388f65_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871382026/)
Baby Elephant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21659364@N02/6871382026/#) by tom_scott88 (http://www.flickr.com/people/21659364@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: anand on October 15, 2012, 06:55:56 AM
All images are good. Love the elephant calf.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ions on October 23, 2012, 07:25:15 PM
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.

No offense, but I find the reflection distracting.  The bear action is great, but I personally would like it better if it had been taken with a polarizing filter to eliminate the reflections.

I disagree. No offence, but I think the point of this photo is missed with such a suggestion. The juxtaposition of the two different zoo inhabitants, guests and those that live there is neat. The wonder on the faces is great. I think it works well. Rather than a reflection it has a real double exposure feel to it. Good job Northstar.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: HeavenHell on October 23, 2012, 08:27:20 PM
Great shots guys.  I love the koala, the jellyfish and the red fox.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Northstar on October 23, 2012, 08:45:32 PM
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.

No offense, but I find the reflection distracting.  The bear action is great, but I personally would like it better if it had been taken with a polarizing filter to eliminate the reflections.

I disagree. No offence, but I think the point of this photo is missed with such a suggestion. The juxtaposition of the two different zoo inhabitants, guests and those that live there is neat. The wonder on the faces is great. I think it works well. Rather than a reflection it has a real double exposure feel to it. Good job Northstar.

Ions...Thanks, I appreciate your kind words.  You describe my thoughts well when I first saw what I had captured.  Is it "technically" a great image?  NO.  But, I've seen pictures of two bears(animals) playing together like this countless times, but this image is uniquely different, and as I said, I find the image much much more interesting.  Again, not a technically great shot....but you can't deny that you'll spend an extra second or several looking at it.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Sideonecincy on October 23, 2012, 09:59:19 PM
First post here  :)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5080/5882191626_d15ef68cec.jpg)
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6163/6136858503_ebc013b9b2.jpg)
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6098/6244458049_5158e3acb1.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5069/5607865722_a41dbecfd3.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: JBeckwith on October 23, 2012, 10:16:20 PM
I know this is an old topic but I really like the OP's pictures.  He resisted the urge that almost everyone has at zoos to zoom all the way in as tight as possible on the animals.  He did a great job of capturing the environment without making it overly obvious that it was a zoo.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Narcolepsy on October 24, 2012, 11:54:51 AM
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.

This is reminiscent to me of the 2003 winner of Wildlife Photographer of the year -
Gerhard Schulz -  Gorilla and Boy
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/12/1071125653861.html (http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/12/1071125653861.html)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: mbj68 on October 24, 2012, 12:34:16 PM
Kansas City Zoo
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7117126367_f97dcf5df6_z.jpg)(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7117125979_ca075471a3_z.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6971060938_1ab0f287f0_z.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7117153383_e785d478a2_z.jpg)
St Louis Zoo
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5095/5516875852_0bda11bfda_z.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5013/5516287327_3f5dce7eed_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Northstar on October 24, 2012, 08:59:08 PM
Kansas City Zoo
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7117126367_f97dcf5df6_z.jpg)(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7117125979_ca075471a3_z.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6971060938_1ab0f287f0_z.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8023/7117153383_e785d478a2_z.jpg)
St Louis Zoo
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5095/5516875852_0bda11bfda_z.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5013/5516287327_3f5dce7eed_z.jpg)

mb...nice job, i especially like the first two.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ski2slow on October 24, 2012, 09:51:28 PM
 Asa Zoo in Hiroshima, Japan.

(http://pcdn.500px.net/5929249/d35202f9c5d5fdc832cbaa2f750e2019f807e346/4.jpg)

(http://pcdn.500px.net/6124709/83c9dab51cb511c60de65368cb5db9332492ba79/4.jpg)

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Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Hillsilly on October 24, 2012, 11:07:24 PM
Is there a general consensus of the best focal lengths for zoo trips?  Will be visiting Taronga Zoo in a few weeks time on holidays.  Just working out what to pack.  My initial thought is bigger the better.  But I'm surprised to see a lot of the photos here have been taken with more moderate sized lenses.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: ski2slow on October 25, 2012, 10:48:39 PM
It really depends on how close the animals are to you at the zoo.
And how close you want to get to them.
I mainly use my 70-200 f2.8 with an extender.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: verysimplejason on October 27, 2012, 12:23:11 AM
Here are some from KL, Malaysia, Negara Zoo.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8470/8126571713_22a12f3a68.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8126594821_de68b6350c.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8471/8126610659_f65fc1b504.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8188/8126597391_bba44dcd70.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: verysimplejason on October 27, 2012, 12:25:35 AM
Is there a general consensus of the best focal lengths for zoo trips?  Will be visiting Taronga Zoo in a few weeks time on holidays.  Just working out what to pack.  My initial thought is bigger the better.  But I'm surprised to see a lot of the photos here have been taken with more moderate sized lenses.
My 100-400 and 70-200 + 1.4x are my mainstays when I shoot outdoors.  Indoors (in narrow quarters) I shoot the 24L II.  If I had to bring only one, it would be the 70-200 f/2.8L II.

Correct though I'd vote more for a 100-400.  I've used an APS-C + 55-250mm IS lens but it is still short for some of the pictures I want to take.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: serendipidy on October 27, 2012, 05:35:21 AM
Is there a general consensus of the best focal lengths for zoo trips?  Will be visiting Taronga Zoo in a few weeks time on holidays.  Just working out what to pack.  My initial thought is bigger the better.  But I'm surprised to see a lot of the photos here have been taken with more moderate sized lenses.
My 100-400 and 70-200 + 1.4x are my mainstays when I shoot outdoors.  Indoors (in narrow quarters) I shoot the 24L II.  If I had to bring only one, it would be the 70-200 f/2.8L II.

Correct though I'd vote more for a 100-400.  I've used an APS-C + 55-250mm IS lens but it is still short for some of the pictures I want to take.

+1...I like the 100-400 for the reach.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Malte_P on November 13, 2012, 02:53:22 PM
lol.... they look as dumb as some MODs here....
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: MrFotoFool on November 13, 2012, 03:05:24 PM
When shooting through fences, a long lens (around 300mm) and a large aperture help to blur out the fence.  For years I used a 300 f/4 which in many situations is ideal, but in some cases crops out part of the animal because I could not zoom out.  I recently sold it along with an old style 80-200 2.8 because this version (the black Canon one) did not take extenders.  I replaced it with a used Sigma 100-300 f/4 which was great until the autofocus broke and Sigma said it is too old to fix.  Having learned my lesson about Sigma, I just replaced it with a 70-200 2.8 (the cheaper non-IS) which I can use with a 1.4x extender I already have.  I looked at the 100-400, but I just did not want to be limited to 5.6 maximum aperture.  I wish Canon made a 100-300 or 70-300 constant f/4 like the discontinued Sigma, that would be the perfect zoo lens.

I shoot only full frame which also helps blur out the fence.  For technical reasons I personally do not understand, full frame sensors have a shallower depth of field than crop sensors.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: robbymack on November 13, 2012, 03:47:41 PM
  For technical reasons I personally do not understand, full frame sensors have a shallower depth of field than crop sensors.

Maybe this will help...full frame sensors have shallower dof than crop for the same framing. It's quite simple really. Youre shooting ff and I'm shooting crop, were both using a 50mm lens yet I am 60% further away from the subject than you to provide the same framing in both cameras, hence I have more dof due to distance to subject.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: CTJohn on November 13, 2012, 05:05:07 PM
Miami Zoo, 7D, EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Northstar on November 13, 2012, 06:03:29 PM
Miami Zoo, 7D, EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L


ahhhhh
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Schultzie on November 13, 2012, 06:50:30 PM
These were taken at Brookfield Zoo, all with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/6909416018_9f1b7c3c3f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/6909416018/)
King of the jungle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/6909416018/#) by SauceyJack (http://www.flickr.com/people/sauceyjack/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5339/7055503017_4b597e32a3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/7055503017/)
Black rhino (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/7055503017/#) by SauceyJack (http://www.flickr.com/people/sauceyjack/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8320/7959793258_4c8b47da18_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/7959793258/)
Go ahead, I'm listening (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sauceyjack/7959793258/#) by SauceyJack (http://www.flickr.com/people/sauceyjack/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: pedroesteban on November 13, 2012, 07:28:17 PM
At the São Paulo Zoo with a Rebel t2i + 70-200 f/4...

(http://www.pbase.com/omutante/image/120521803/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/omutante/image/121451478/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/omutante/image/121452788/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/omutante/image/121457346/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Hillsilly on November 13, 2012, 10:19:00 PM
Wow - They're good.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: gmrza on November 22, 2012, 10:21:06 PM
These are from Melbourne zoo, using the 7D with the 70-200 f/4L IS USM:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8484/8192087197_bbd3dee663_o.jpg)
Who is the monkey?


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8490/8195784582_57b5187bf7_b.jpg)
Qu'est-ce que c'est que ça?


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8197/8194833147_eed01de6f7_b.jpg)
Tora! Tora! Tora!


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8194977755_ef52e9cb78_b.jpg)
This is all a bit of a yawn!


(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8209333007_4d1d219e9f_b.jpg)
Butterfly love
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: verysimplejason on November 22, 2012, 10:29:09 PM
Nice pics!  Somehow, I'd like to see all these creatures in the wild.  I'd like taking pictures of animals inside the zoo but something in me becomes sad when I see them caged.  Hopefully I'll be able to save money to go to a real safari someday.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: 3kramd5 on November 29, 2012, 09:04:03 AM
(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-Q5Tp8sF/0/L/MAB-20120609-5646-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1897771625&k=Q5Tp8sF&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-T5Mqdq6/0/L/MAB-20120331-0213-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1773342625&k=T5Mqdq6&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-kMkvzg5/2/L/MAB-20110319-9445-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1224415019&k=kMkvzg5&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-4mWvQHH/2/L/MAB-20110424-9489-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1264077095&k=4mWvQHH&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-srSPhPG/2/L/MAB-20110319-9391-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1224414628&k=srSPhPG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-5HSmqpm/1/L/MAB-20121027-3408-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=2178084966&k=5HSmqpm&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-GCVWxS7/0/L/MAB-20121012-2493-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=2150995807&k=GCVWxS7&lb=1&s=A)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: pedroesteban on November 29, 2012, 11:04:57 AM
(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-Q5Tp8sF/0/L/MAB-20120609-5646-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1897771625&k=Q5Tp8sF&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-T5Mqdq6/0/L/MAB-20120331-0213-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1773342625&k=T5Mqdq6&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-kMkvzg5/2/L/MAB-20110319-9445-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1224415019&k=kMkvzg5&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-4mWvQHH/2/L/MAB-20110424-9489-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1264077095&k=4mWvQHH&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-srSPhPG/2/L/MAB-20110319-9391-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=1224414628&k=srSPhPG&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-5HSmqpm/1/L/MAB-20121027-3408-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=2178084966&k=5HSmqpm&lb=1&s=A)

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/i-GCVWxS7/0/L/MAB-20121012-2493-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Life/Critters/11377900_cD2fPp#!i=2150995807&k=GCVWxS7&lb=1&s=A)

Great pics, Jason!
Love the cage reflected on the bird's eye!
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: 3kramd5 on November 29, 2012, 11:30:15 AM
Love the cage reflected on the bird's eye!

Thanks. That bird (secretary bird) has a nictitating membrane ("third eye") like a shark. I happened to catch it mid blink, which is why it's white.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: bp on November 29, 2012, 11:51:38 AM
Nice pics!  Somehow, I'd like to see all these creatures in the wild.  I'd like taking pictures of animals inside the zoo but something in me becomes sad when I see them caged.  Hopefully I'll be able to save money to go to a real safari someday.

I'm with you.  Something irks me about "zoo shots".  Especially when people refer to them as "wildlife photography".  Seriously?  That's like waiting in line at a book signing, then telling people that you know the author.  Like buying a lapdance then saying you hit second base with a model.  I suppose it's an OK way to practice, but that "wildlife" has been put on display, you didn't track it, you didn't "earn it".  It's just a gear test.

Early in my photography I used to take zooms with me to the zoo.  Now, anytime I go with the family to the zoo, I leave all my telephoto at home, and bring a wide prime, because shots of my kids looking at the animals is all I'll be interested in looking at later.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Jay Khaos on November 29, 2012, 12:35:46 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5055/5467499619_5377f7a3de_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467499619/)
IMG_5953.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gudun74/5467499619/#) by gudun (http://www.flickr.com/people/gudun74/), on Flickr

LOL this one is epic.  This could totally become a high-def version of "O RLY" owl meme
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: 3kramd5 on November 29, 2012, 01:44:18 PM
I'm with you.  Something irks me about "zoo shots".  Especially when people refer to them as "wildlife photography".  Seriously?  That's like waiting in line at a book signing, then telling people that you know the author.  Like buying a lapdance then saying you hit second base with a model.  I suppose it's an OK way to practice, but that "wildlife" has been put on display, you didn't track it, you didn't "earn it".  It's just a gear test.

Earn?

Going to the zoo is probably the only way many people will ever be able to afford to photograph oh... an African elephant. Ponying up 5 figures to fly to Africa doesn't make a picture of one more legitimate. It's just a wallet test.

Often times wildlife photography is luck. Right place, right time. By happenstance, I was able to take this photo of a mother grizzly rear up to check out a loud sound. My plans that day were go from lake yellowstone to lamar valley. The road through dunraven peak was closed due to ice, so I had to go counterclockwise around the park rather than take the direct route north. Had the road been open, I'd never have seen this. I didn't earn the opportunity.

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Travel/Yellowstone2010/i-HTSkKLt/4/L/MAB-20100529-1194-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Travel/Yellowstone2010/12401896_6zDQMr#!i=887389178&k=HTSkKLt&lb=1&s=A)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: bp on November 29, 2012, 04:18:35 PM
Earn?

Going to the zoo is probably the only way many people will ever be able to afford to photograph oh... an African elephant. Ponying up 5 figures to fly to Africa doesn't make a picture of one more legitimate. It's just a wallet test.

Often times wildlife photography is luck. Right place, right time. By happenstance, I was able to take this photo of a mother grizzly rear up to check out a loud sound. My plans that day were go from lake yellowstone to lamar valley. The road through dunraven peak was closed due to ice, so I had to go counterclockwise around the park rather than take the direct route north. Had the road been open, I'd never have seen this. I didn't earn the opportunity.

(http://www.hypercontrast.com/Travel/Yellowstone2010/i-HTSkKLt/4/L/MAB-20100529-1194-L.jpg) (http://www.hypercontrast.com/Travel/Yellowstone2010/12401896_6zDQMr#!i=887389178&k=HTSkKLt&lb=1&s=A)

You seem to be ignoring my distinction between "zoo pics" and zoo pics that are being referred to as "wildlife photography".   I have no issue with people taking pics at the zoo.  Shoot away.  It's great practice

In fact, I don't disagree with anything you just said, aside from "Ponying up 5 figures to fly to Africa doesn't make a picture of one more legitimate."  Sorry, but if the photographer is referring to their pic of an elephant as "wildlife photography", as I stated in my post, yes, it does. 

Also I don't agree at all, that you "didn't earn" that bear shot.  GREAT shot, by the way.  Sure you earned it.  And that IS "wildlife" photography.  I simply think people should be honest with others (and themselves), and acknowledge that what they're doing is very different from what you did, or what true wildlife photographers do.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: serendipidy on November 29, 2012, 04:22:30 PM
valid points :)
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: 3kramd5 on November 29, 2012, 06:08:18 PM
You seem to be ignoring my distinction between "zoo pics" and zoo pics that are being referred to as "wildlife photography".   I have no issue with people taking pics at the zoo.  Shoot away. 

It wasn't intentionally ignored, I read the part about their label as an additional concern.

Quote
"Something irks me about "zoo shots".  Especially when people refer to them as "wildlife photography"

But no worries.

And I tend to agree with you. When sharing zoo photos, if I use the word wildlife I'll generally put it in quotation marks (they aren't wild).
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: verysimplejason on November 29, 2012, 09:28:22 PM
Nice picture on the bear.  I agree, wildlife photography is also luck-based and definitely you have to earn it with sweat and money but it's truly rewarding.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Northstar on December 01, 2012, 01:02:16 PM

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Now, anytime I go with the family to the zoo, I leave all my telephoto at home, and bring a wide prime, because shots of my kids looking at the animals is all I'll be interested in looking at later.
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I read your comment and I agree that zoo photography can definitely get more interesting if you combined it with street photography and an emphasis on candid portrait photography.  The more interesting pictures that will come from a zoo will not be a close up of a tiger or bear, that's been done a billion times, but rather the shots of people's reactions, expressions, and interactions with the animals.  IMO.

Candid portraits are great at a zoo because people aren't paying attention to the photographer, one of the few environments where you can shoot candid portraits with ease.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: MrFotoFool on December 18, 2012, 11:58:57 PM
Most species of animals are virtually impossible to photograph in the wild.  Sure you can go on Safari (if you can afford it, which I cannot) and get shots of lions and elephants.  But I challenge anyone here to go into the wild and do "true wildlife photography" of a mang mountain viper in China or a margay in South America or even a wolverine in North America.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: MrFotoFool on December 19, 2012, 12:01:21 AM
...or a black jaguar.  Here is Simone, one of two black jaguar sisters at my local Reid Park Zoo.

Canon 5D2, 24-105 f4 L, dark contrasts filter in Nik Color Efex 4.
Title: Re: Zoo Pics
Post by: Renegade Runner on December 19, 2012, 12:50:52 AM
Cougar

Rebel
f/6.3
1/320
iso 1600