Again with the zoom lens love, lol. Took these at the zoo yesterday. Normally I focus on the kids and their reaction to the animals (if I remember to take pictures at all) but yesterday we got a treat as the polar bear was diving into the water. So I got about 20 shots of him which lead to me taking pictures of most of the animals we saw, including the alligator that was inside the swamp exhibit behind plexiglass. I’m slowly learning how to set the camera to take pictures in the near dark without the flash. I think the alligator turned out well. The lighting inside the swamp exhibit sucks and flash photography isn’t allowed. All I did was fiddle with the levels and contrast after the fact.
My favorite shot is of the wolf, though. He was right near the fence gnawing on a bone and I almost didn’t see him except everyone else stopped to look and I snapped a few shots as we walked by. I also got pictures of the black bear and the okapi. I would have gotten more pictures but my camera ran out of batteries as we were leaving. That always happens. I didn’t even bring the camera bag so I was stuck. Oh well. I took 200+ pictures and many of them turned out (kind of hard to get good pictures with kids running every which way–many of them were blurry despite using the sports mode on the camera).
Here’s a few closeups of the kids at the zoo. I love taking pictures of them at the zoo because of all the wonderful natural light.