Category Archives: Zoo Photography

Nikon 1 J5 Reptile Images

Reptiles can make fascinating photography subjects. Their prehistoric appearance and highly detailed skin can be quite amazing. When on holidays in warmer locations I do enjoy capturing images of wild reptiles. Of course one needs to be careful in such environments as many species are venomous.

For most of us, visiting a zoo can provide photographic opportunities that would otherwise be impossible. During a recent visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo I used one of my Nikon 1 J5’s to capture some reptile images. Continue reading Nikon 1 J5 Reptile Images

Orangutan Portraits

My wife and I go to the Metro Toronto Zoo once a year and our favourite exhibit is the orangutans. Even though I know capturing any usable images will be a challenge I always take my camera gear.

Once we arrive at the orangutan exhibit, the glass on the enclosure is always dirtier than I remember it from the previous year. The glares always more plentiful. And, the opportunities to get a decent view always fewer than my memory told me they were.

This year I mounted my 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 on one of my Nikon 1 J5’s, hoping that the extra resolution and improved sensor performance would help yield some decent images. What follows are a few orangutan portraits. Continue reading Orangutan Portraits

Photographing reptiles behind glass

For some reason I always seem to be drawn to the reptile displays when I visit zoos and similar facilities. Maybe it is their dinosaur-like appearance or some deep, primal fear I have that causes me to be intrigued. During a recent visit to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach I spent some time photographing reptiles behind glass enclosures in one of the display buildings. Continue reading Photographing reptiles behind glass

The importance of light and details in zoo photography

Like most photographers I enjoy going to the zoo to view the variety of animals, getting some exercise, as well as taking some images. During a recent visit to the Metro Toronto Zoo I had the opportunity to capture a number of images that I thought may be fun to share with readers. Finding light and details at the zoo can contribute to some interesting image captures. Continue reading The importance of light and details in zoo photography