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Taronga Zoo, Sydney

I always enjoy a day out at the Zoo, especially when I’m armed and dangerous (with a big-ass zoom lens, that is). The day was extremely hot, so many of the animals were hidden under shade, including the Red Panda’s which are one of my faves.

When it comes to photographing animals I am particularly fussy. My biggest peeve is seeing anything resembling the enclosure in the frame. I always try to shoot in such a way the it looks as if it were taken in the wild. This obviously limits my shooting options and typically end up with close-ups. With the exception of the Baby Elephant, I reckon they all look pretty much un-Zoo!

The zoom lens performed admirably, I am constantly surprised by how quick it is to focus and how sharp it is. Even under difficult circumstances. The fact that both the Fishing Cat and Lions were all shot through glass is proof of this.

I am looking forward to getting out there again soon, hopefully on an overcast day. See if I can’t catch me a Panda or two. Check this space.

Seaworld: Gold Coast, Queensland

During my recent trip to Queensland, I managed to take a little time off to spend at Seaworld on the Gold Coast. The main excuse was to be able to give my new 70-200mm lens a good work out and I thought jumping dolphins would be a good subject.

Good thing it wasn’t a paying gig as most of the shots were well and truly average! I did get a handful of good shots and I was surprised (and extremely pleased) at the results obtained shooting underwater through glass. Wondering how I managed to do without such a zoom lens for so long.

Paint With Light: Volume 01

This is the first group of shots from what I hope will end up being an extensive collection.

Paint With Light is concept of mine to be able to create an abstract image from a combination of interesting light sources and a long exposure.

These have all been created ‘in-camera’, with no colour adjustments. Part of the attraction of this type of image creation is that you can never really tell just how the image is likely to turn out.

Stay tuned for more.

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