Photo Safari! How to make the best of your zoo trip.

I have always enjoyed visiting zoos. I have been to zoos all around the country and even in other parts of the world, but not until recent did I decide to start taking photos while I was there! I have not had the chance of going on a dedicated photo safari yet so while I am saving up my pennies, I will enjoy taking photos of wildlife inside of zoos! This blog post has some photos I took while at the Denver Zoo. Honeymoon-304

More after the jump!

Pros of photographing zoo wildlife:

-They are more than likely ALWAYS there. Zoo animals do not migrate so other than the occasional periods where they need to be housed inside or are in transition to new habitats, you pretty much know where they are going to be.

-You have prime set up locations for your photos. Not only are you safe at a zoo, they also set up viewing areas in places where people can best see the animals. Though a low to the ground wide angle shot of a lion sleeping would be the desired photo you want on your Flickr or Facebook page, you can almost always guarantee a shot from the walkways and viewing areas.

Honeymoon-343 Honeymoon-353 My tips for Zoo Photos:

-Go on an Overcast Day. Though you can go any time, there are always less people at the zoo on an overcast day and the animals are normally more active.

-Get to know your zookeeper. Make sure you say hello to your friendly neighborhood zookeepers. They are generally full of knowledge you can use for your blog and may even give you access to something you wouldn't normally be able to. I remember once as a kid, we had gone to a zoo in some city we were visiting. It was still considered a winter month and was bitterly cold and lightly raining on and off. We were one of the only families there that day and I think the zookeeper felt bad that we did not have much to see, so he walked us through an indoor area that was not readily available to public. What a treat!

-Macro lenses work great in aquarium areas. I don't know why it didn't occur to me sooner, but after seeing a young girl chase a fish inside of a tank with her father's iPhone I decided to to give it a try with my camera and the 70-200 2.8 (which has a close focusing feature) I had attached in stead of digging through my bag for my macro specific lens.




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DLSR + Rain = A Very Bad Day at The Zoo

If there is one thing that everyone knows, it is that electronics and water(for the most part) don't mix. All it takes is a little water in the wrong place to completely destroy a phone. I remember back in the day, I used my blackberry after washing my hands and because my hands were slightly wet, the trackball and and keyboard went haywire. Granted, I know that is the extreme of this type of situation, but still. Water is kryptonite to most things with a battery. Well besides the camera itself, lenses can also gather moisture which can lead to fungus, aperture blade malfunctions and focusing issues. All of which make it unusable and useless to sell (make it a coffee mug!)

So there you have it, your camera hates water. So what do you do when you are traveling and are unsure if you will hit water or not? Get a bag with a rain cover.

My bag is a Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack and I could not be more happy with it. The thing is snug on my back and can carry plenty:

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

My wife and I recently visited the Denver Zoo and had a wonderful time. Definitely the nicest zoo I have had the opportunity to visit. We had just driven 2 and a half hours through cloudy, snow storm occupied mountains and arrived in Denver assuming it was just going to snow. Well us beach kids didn't know the difference between snow and rain weather so we went to the zoo anyway.

To tell you the truth, I am so glad we did though. We almost had the place to ourselves and that was just so worth the price of admission alone. After the rain started, I had to put up all the gear and just wait it out. It was a little disappointing walking around all these wonderful animals with all my gear in a bag, but it was worth it knowing that I had it protected. The rain sleeve is hidden away in a bottom compartment and when needed, you just pull it out and stretch it over the bag. Even though the bag was packed to the gills( 2 DSLR's and 5 lenses, the sleeve still fit like a glove.

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

Ruggard Outrigger 45 Backpack

All in all, I still left with a wonderful group of photos which I will be sharing on some future blog posts! Thank you for reading and remember to protect your gear!