For this assignment, I took my wife and kids to the Idaho Falls zoo. It was a lot of fun, especially because my little boy really loves animals and was just loving it. The other reason why I went was because I didn’t want to photograph dead things. Eastern Idaho this time of year is rejuvenating itself and everything is coming back alive. Plus the only animals that you can find are generally some ducks and dead road kill.
Sereval; May 7, 2010; 1:59 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 3.2, 1/200; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
The above picture is a Sereval which is an African animal. It was in an area where it was passing back and forth. I think it really like us because it kept walking in front of the window which is how I got this great close up photo. The post work of the photo include a little adjustment layer that increase the contrast a little. I did that so it looked a little more sharp which I think is important with web photos.
Lemur; May 7, 2010; 1:32 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 1.4, 1/800; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
One of the first stops at the zoo we made was at the monkey rink. They had this really crazy monkey there making all kinds of noise when we first got there, but by the time we made it around to him the trainers had taken him inside. This Lemur was staring at my son because I think they are about the same size. If you look closely the lemur has some nasty bugs following him.
Tiger; May 7, 2010; 2:25 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 3.2, 1/4,000; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
Remember how when you were a kid and every time you went to the zoo you were hoping to see the lions and tigers totally awake and moving around. Obviously that didn’t happen this time either. What was cool about this time was the fact that the tiger was really like 10 feet away. It was at the base of the wall right below the viewing area. I like this picture because it really looks like I was right over him, and they really are beautiful pictures even if they are really smelly. The picture is not edited in photoshop.
Riverbend; May 8, 2010; 4:14 pm; Somewhere here in Rexburg; f 2.2, 1/4,000; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
You might recognize a similar photo from another post and doing some edits with adjustment layers and smart filters. Well I choose to use this one in this post because I feel like it really highlights the grass and the river bend. Lately I have been learning about the golden mean and the spirals that go with them. I tried to include that idea with this photo and the way the bend of the creek went. I think that it really made an interesting photo and draws your eyes to the bridge. For post production I increased the sharpness.
You looking at me; May 7, 2010; 1:37 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 2, 1/3,200; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
With this photo I was really trying hard to do something a little different than the usual get the whole head in the photograph. I think that it really turned out cool and fun. I used a low f stop to get a small amount of focus in the photograph. I like how it played out with the lines of the zebra and how they slowly merge together. I was really glad that this I went to the zoo after this picture. I did increase the sharpness and contrast afterward to try and bring the strips out more.
Clean swan; May 7, 2010; 2:03 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 2, 1/4,000; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
At the zoo they also have a little pond that has a few different birds in there. While I was there they had these two big swans that had decided to start cleaning themselves. As they were doing so, one of them kept drifting closer and closer to me. I was standing on a bridge that went through the pond and because of that I was able to lean out right above him. Right after I took the picture the swan basically started flapping and sprayed me with the nasty water. What we do for go pictures. I thought about editing this photograph but I couldn’t think of anything that would enhance the photograph instead of detracting from it.
Thinking Monkey; May 7, 2010; 2:46 pm; Idaho Falls Zoo; f 2, 1/80; Canon Rebel XS; 50 mm
As we were walking back to the car we decided to go through the monkey area. Mostly because it was the fastest way to get to the car. We also went back to try and see that crazy monkey that I mentioned at the begging. Well it turned back that he wasn’t there but I was able to snap a picture of this monkey contemplating life. I had a hard time making this photograph because of the glare off the window but I eventually put myself in the right position. I like the green which came out even brighter because of the bokeh. This image is SOOC (straight out of camera.)
I had a lot of fun taking this photographs and going to the zoo with my family and kids.