On Wednesdays I offer a Walk A Bout at the San Francisco Zoo. Not only is the Zoo ALWAYS a fun place but it gives me a chance to introduce myself to folks who may be interested in learning a bit about photographing animals as well as maybe taking future workshops with me.
But is far more than that…as much as I would rather have the animals be free in the wild, where else could you get such a closeup view of their magnificence?
Case in point, I suggest that after you get the image you “need” to get (usually the whole animal) put on a longer lens and really explore the beauty in front of you. I love the plumage on the many birds, some of whom casually walk around as you do in the park. Forget about the whole of the animal, zoom into the patterns, shapes, textures and colors. Even the skin texture of a Rhino or Hippo can be fascinating.
Take a look at some of my examples here which I hope you’ll enjoy.
Just remember, be conscientious and don’t cause undue stress on these magnificent creatures, they truly are gifts for us to behold.