Taking pictures in a zoo or in the wild? Really????
Ha, ha, ha…I had quite a chuckle getting that search on GWGT!
The post that gets searched pretty often is How to Photograph Zoo Animals – It’s Not About Looking Cute. My guess is any true wildlife photographer might just have a fit if someone seriously asked them that question.
In my post, I talk about photographing zoo animals, along with a bit of commentary about caged wildlife. Since that post, I have gotten to many areas to see and photograph wildlife in nature.
Granted, photographing zoo animals does have its limitations, like shooting through glass, behind bars or in very low light conditions – all shown in this post. True wildlife photography on location is no comparison. Zoos have animals at the ready. Finding a wild subject is akin to hunting. And trust me, hunting them for a photograph is HARD sometimes.
I have posts on photographing hawks, eagles, owls, and a number of other birds, all which took time and some luck to locate. I see very few mammals, especially what would be considered game animals, except for deer. I see lots and lots of deer.
Hands down, photographing in nature is by far more difficult. And the biggest gripe about photographing in zoos?
It is when photographers pass off big game animal closeups as if they were shot in the wild – carefully cropping out all that says “zoo picture”.
So what do you think? Was I on safaris all over the world? 😀
Do you think big name botanical gardens are like zoos for plants? I am still perplexed why garden bloggers shun those places. I find them the most fascinating places to see plants and plant combinations. Photographers get the most beautiful photos of plants and professionally designed garden spaces.
Just a note, on Facebook I joined a photography group, Nature Photography / Wildlife Photography. No biggie, just that I add an image a day to the group if you see me posting on FB, which I never do.
It is really funny what gets all the Likes. I see photos of lions walking the savannah and they get so few. I load a cardinal and get lots of Likes. No zoo animals allowed either. I wonder if people believe the lions are free.