My wonderful husband got me a Nikon D5000 for Christmas, and it is my first DSLR. We decided to venture to our local zoo so I could play with my new camera and learn about how it works. If anybody has any tips or tricks on how to use this thing, I'd love to hear 'em!
Also, none of these have been put into any post processing programs...yet. That's the next thing on my to-learn list!
On with the show:
Had a hard time catching that guy in a good place.
Notice his missing eye. Legend has it a penny got stuck in it and it had to be removed.
A lot of that section of the zoo is under construction (the hippos and polar bears are no longer in this area) as they work on building the new reptile hut.
A scary cassowary. It really is a frighteningly prehistoric bird.
This koala was so cute! Lucky for us, he was being quite active when we walked by. I miss the original koala house. It was such a cool and dark enclosure.
Don't like the lighting, but jump! Yay!
You know zebras are the oldest animal in the jungle 'cause they're still in black and white.
I really need to get a macro lens.
The lions were spooning. Can you feel the tonight?
The lemur cages are so difficult to shoot through! Those close wires make for a hard time to get the camera to focus correctly.
Love these animals!
Trying the silhouette scene feature.
Red Ape hands.
They're so large and majestic!
This lookout meerkat was so cute. He kept looking over his right shoulder at the kettle corn hut.
This guy was very helpful. He had a very predictable swimming pattern around the enclosure, which made it helpful for me to figure out what automatic setting was best for these water creatures (Sports, BTW).
Well, those are my animal pictures! (OK, not all of them...came home with just shy of 300 shots.) I realized I have a lot to learn with all of the manual controls, but that I really do like being able to focus my own pictures. Though, using the Pet Portrait scene modes makes it easy to snap animal pictures.
The zoo itself is under quite a bit of construction. It's definitely evolving from what J and I remember as kids. I wish they'd bring back all the wax animal machines. Those things were the coolest and they're no longer nearly as plentiful around the zoo.