Patas Monkey, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
This is not one of the images I picked to process from my trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo last week. I thought because I did not capture the face or focus on the eyes (as I have read is the right thing to do) I passed this one in my selection process.
As I sat down to work on my images this one kept speaking to me. Every time I saw this monkey I felt something for him. Maybe it is the feeling of solitude or loneliness. Thinking back to my time in front of the exhibit I realized it was his indifference to the activity from the other monkeys and even for those of us looking through the glass. Maybe I’m attributing too much, maybe not…
Sunday turned out to be a great day. I had checked the weather on Friday and planned to make a trip out to the zoo in Syracuse. As frequent readers may recall each January the zoo holds a photo contest and I have been attempting to capture a winning image for a few years. Typically, I forget about the contest and end up making a trip out at the last possible opportunity. Usually I end up with crappy weather. Not this year! I have enough time to make a couple more trips if I want.
I plan on having a larger post showcasing the images I was able to capture. My problem at the moment is my PC died. I believe the SSD drive which is my boot drive failed. I’m looking at options now so I ended up working on my tablet. Not my full compliment of tools but the original file was not half bad to start with.
I’ll update as I work out a solution…
Kilimanjaro Safaris, Africa, Animal Kingdom
I always take a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. It is a ride which is the ultimate challenge for a photographer. The ride is not smooth. You will bounce around in the safari truck. There are animals on every side so you must decide at the start which side to focus on. The lighting will change throughout the ride. And of course, the animals might not be out.
In October I had my Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera which has in camera stabilization. I chose to use the 60mm lens so I didn’t have to worry about changing the focal length. And then I always ask to sit in the last row. It might be a little rougher but I can turn around and shoot out the back without any people in my view. I also got very lucky on this particular trip… I had the back row all to myself! I was like a kid in the candy store!
Put your right foot in…
Olympus OM-D E-M10, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8, 1/800s, f/8, ISO 400
Thirty in Eleven – TIE02
I don’t believe I have introduced everyone to Oliver. He is just a little over six months old and we have been putting up with each other since he was six weeks old. Wasn’t sure I would ever want to be a cat person but then I cat sat my other new buddy Binx for a week and I was hooked. The chance to get Oliver fell into my lap and I am so glad I brought him home.
For my Thirty in Eleven project I remembered that my camera works inside as well. I don’t always have to look for interesting subjects outside, and although it is a beautifully sunny day, the wind and temps have had me thinking outside (or inside as the case may be) the box for my next image. So poor Oliver became the subject of my attention and eve though I am sure he would have rather been sleeping he allowed me to grab this portrait of him.
BTW – you can see more images of Oliver on my instagram feed…
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/400s, 105mm, f/5.6, ISO 400