|shot at 50mm, ISO 200, f/10, 1/200th of a second, ambient light mixed with on-camera fill|
We did a little research, and decided it only made since to go to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, since it is the closet place to us (here's the link if you are interested). It's a little more than a hour's drive from Durham...so convenient! Can't believe we've never been.
I think having kids gives you an excuse to do things you wouldn't otherwise do sometimes, and this was no exception. We talked it over with Gavin, and although he went to the NC Zoo a few years ago with his mom and stepdad, he was all excited about it. Hooray!
|shot at 200mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/100th of a second|
The photograph at the top of the page is of my two babies leaning up against the railing outside the lion's den. Shooting in full sun can be a challenge (see here). The first photo I took was horrible because Gavin and Pinky's faces turned out too dark (I tried using only available light). This was due in part to the hats they were wearing...it cast a nice dark shadow across their faces.
I didn't have loads of camera equipment with me to solve this problem, so I simply used my on-camera flash to lighten their faces a bit. Problem solved. I used this technique thru-out the day whenever I wanted to take a photo of them when we were out in the sun. It's all about balancing available light with your own added light.
It makes me smile to look at that photograph. They were having a good time...can't you tell?
I had to include a photo of the king of the jungle as well. You can see this stellar African lion just relaxing in the shade. I had to zoom in on him because he was in the back of the den. He wasn't interested in socializing.
|shot at 170mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500th of a sec, ambient light only|
There was so much to see, I could never show it all here. So much to enjoy, to learn, to soak in. It was a nice day to say the least. I remembered to take my camera to capture some of it, and therefore we can look back and smile from time to time. Happiness increased and prolonged by photography? Yes, I would say! I'm still smiling :)
|shot at 56mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/80th of a sec, ambient light only|
It was a nice day. We encourage you to try it sometime!
Some tips for your trip to the zoo:
- Take sunscreen and a hat
- Wear some good walking shoes
- Take a bottle or two of water and pack it in a backpack, it'll save you a buck (or twelve!)
- Plan your trip in fall or spring
- Arrive early
- Remember your camera!
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