Domestic Wildlife

Alrighty, well it seems to me like it’s about time to bring up those pictures that I promised. There are 33 of them, so I warn you in advance, but they’re gorgeous so how could I not share them with you. That being said, depending on how this post goes, I may have to break this post into several bits.

So the zoo? Yeah, I’ve been several times over the past two weeks, but only twice have I brought my camera. The first time you’ve seen the pictures of I hope, or if not, go look in the post archives on the right side of this display, but now I think would be an apropriate time to show you the more recent of those trips. So here you go:

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/320s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/320s f/2.8

Oh and I think you may like my new way of presenting the portrait pictures. No longer contrained to 500px at the longest side. Now 500px wide. I think this will give you a better impression of how ridiculously sharp the pictures are.

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/400s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/400s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/4

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/4

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/4

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/4

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/4

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/640s f/4

Managed to get the Ostriches to pose for me. It was quite kind. The room where they were in has such limited standing space that I couldn’t rotate and go portrait as I wanted to and would suit their profiles, so I shot some funny poses instead:

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/250s f/2.8

I got to witness some fascinating behavior on the part of the herrons too. This one was ruffling and preening, shaking loose those tiny feathers and dust that you see emanating from the body of the bird.

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

And then I found the stork that I shot last time. The younglings are growing rapidly.

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2500s f/2.8

And then there were ducks:

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/2000s f/2.8

And other birds:

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1600s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1600s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 @ 1/1250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/100s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/100s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/25s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/25s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/20s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/20s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/50s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/50s f/2.8

And then I headed over to my favourite subject of all; cheetah. I’ve semi-seriously decided that one day I am going to own a cheetah. They’re such regal and beautiful animals.

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/640s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/640s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/800s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/800s f/2.8

And finally, the otters were out, so I shot a few dozen pictures of them. Here is what I feel is the best of those:

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 300mm f/2.8 VR @ 1/250s f/2.8

So that’s it. As I mentioned in the last post, my photography is destined in a whole new direction now, but I will continue to shoot what I love, and fill these pages with adorable and beautiful animals. Practice is necessary when it comes to photographing animals with which chances are limited. For example, the picture of the finch in green above, I regret not having boosted my ISO for, because that would have given me the shutter speeds that I was missing. But I learned, and I will repair my error in future.

As a last note: this lens, without the TC is amazing. In fact, the only complaint I have about the teleconverter is that it chops out light. But at full speed, this is a beauty of creation, and it gets the appropriate wows from people who don’t even know what it is.

More tomorrow? Could it be? Yup.

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2 comments on “Domestic Wildlife

  1. Holly Tögel says:

    😮 The otter is fantastic. I lovelovelove otters. 8D

    Actually, I really love your work. It’s amazing. I am so jealous of your mad skillz. xD

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