December 2, 2017

Photography Is My Heartbeat - "The best kind of photograph I like to take is an animal I don't have a picture of yet."

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. 
                                                                                               Ansel Adams
                                      A Photograph Within
Some color photography becomes a photograph within a photograph when it is
recreated in black and white.  I hope you enjoy a collection of my B&W photography made into a video.  It includes Strawberry, a neighborhood cat, that peeks in our windows and doors. You can read more about Strawberry under The Ark Keepers on Animal Blogging With Dill The Cat further down on this page. 

My Tips To Take Pictures At A Zoo

Not all but most of my photographs come from zoos and I have learned tips about how to take better pictures in a zoo’s special environment. I’d like to share some of my tips with you. 
"Frame" your pictures with words by giving it a title. 

Baby animals- many zoos have a special viewing of baby animals that is not intrusive to their well-being yet allows people to see them as they would not be able to do so otherwise.

The time of day-different animals are more active certain times of the day and by asking a zookeeper you can find that out.
Make sure you have some money with you for taking pictures. Currency, for smaller creatures, helps to put them in scale such as this tarantula.

Timing is the key. Be patient when taking a photograph but be ready.
Practice with your pets because they are always around.
Get to know your camera’s setting, experiment with them.
Before you throw away a picture check to be sure within it, if cropped, a picture exist.
Make back up copies of your photography.

Be ready to be fast! REAL FAST. A mandrill was opening his mouth when I was positioning my camera knowing if he opened it wide enough I would get a photograph of his impressive teeth. Quickly moving the photograph blurred but I still got the shot-taken at Denver Zoo.

Take your camera everywhere you go.

Weather-weather conditions play a big part if an animal is more active or not, depending on the animal, such as polar bears.

Feeding times-are a good because animals are more excited and active.

Pay close attention to your surroundings.  Real close.  Then wait. . .  Do you see it?
Eventually he moved and I was able to take a brief moment to get the picture.

Ask the zookeepers when animals are most active to get a better photograph.
Take pictures often!
Play around with different angles.
Select a topic to create a subject for a collection of photographs.
A backyard is a great place to look for pictures.
Use black and white for photographs.
Having more than one camera helps.

Please be sure to read a viewer's comments of sharing his photography tips!  Thank you for sharing.


Tim Cray said...

Lovely photography !!!
As is true when photographing other types of subjects, assuring that the background is free of clutter or distracting objects can help to focus attention in the shot on the pet. A plain background often creates the best backdrop. Wiping the eyes of a pet prior to shooting can also help to eliminate any distracting residue that will take away from the focus on their eyes.

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Hello. Thank you for leaving a comment and a compliment. Normally we do not make it a practice to publish comments though we love to receive them. But we wanted to add your great photography tips for other viewers. Thank you for sharing them. We have a growing audience in The Netherlands and it is really nice to hear from you! S.& L. Mason