A Few Pics for the Weekend

A chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) yawns and displays his canines at the North Carolina Zoo.

It’s the holiday weekend and time to take a break from all the serious issues we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

So, for this post I’ll just give you a few pics I took a few weeks back at the North Carolina Zoo. These guys seem to have the right attitude. They are chill’n out and making the best of their situation. It’s probably a boring life from their point of view, but on the other hand, there’s no leopards sneaking up on them in the dead of night either. (more…)

Photographing a Lowland Gorilla

Lowland Gorilla PortraitYesterday was the day for photographing the lowland gorilla.  I’ve tried to get a good image of this guy several times in the past, with pretty much zero success.  The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina is my favorite zoo from a photography perspective. Even so, the animals are often too far away for a portrait, even as an effective 600mm.  Sometimes there are other problems.  In this case, the lowland gorilla chose to perch himself behind the wire enclosure.   (more…)

SuperTelephoto Glass

A Ring Tailed Lemur

Telephoto and super telephoto glass is all about expanding your horizons.  Long focal lengths bring a much bigger universe to your camera sensor.  An old saying in photography is that the best long lens is your legs.  Well, sometimes just getting closer works, sometimes it’s impossible, and sometimes it’s dangerous. (more…)

Hamadryas Baboon in the Sun

Hamadryas Baboon

I got this shot of a male Hamadryas Baboon at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina.  This big male was just chilling out, soaking up a few rays in the morning.  It was near perfect light, against a clean backdrop so the image just composed itself.  Riverbanks is a very photographer friendly location.  Many of the exhibits are like this one, with no glass or wire screen to obstruct the shot.  If you can be patient you’ll usually get some kind of decent shot. (more…)