At times when I am out with the camera I get so caught up watching what is happening I have to remind myself to take the pictures. Sunday evening was exactly like that. John Rapple who is the chairman of Naas Photography Group rang me to say there were new cygnets on the lake in town. I meet John down there and we spent well over an hour watching the parent swans minding their brood. It was a fantastic reminder of the wonder of mother nature in action. I eventually got around to take some photographs. I will add the settings later but to be honest I am not sure they are that relevant for these type of pictures. As always, comments questions welcome.
As the year goes on and life gets busy it is hard to keep everything going. I do really need to focus back on keeping the blog up to date!
Last weekend we were back in one of our favourite places, Dublin Zoo. As mentioned on a previous blog we find the animals are more active during the colder weather and as the weather was warm (for Ireland ) at the weekend the animals were a bit subdued but we still enjoyed our time there. There was not much direct sunlight so it did make getting photographs easier as you did not have to worry as much about reflections off the glass, although at times I had the ISO set to 400.
The first two shots are of a Sumatran Tiger. There are fantastic looking animal and even though this one was relaxing he was very impressive to watch. According to the notes in Zoo the Sumatran tigers love to swim and they are the only tiger that has webbing on their paws to help with the swimming.
Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/250sec
This is the same tiger deciding we were not that interesting 🙂
Settings : ISO 400, 225mm, f5.0, 1/250sec
Normally with the Californian Sea Lions the challenge is to get a clear shot of them as they are usually swimming under water. No such challenge on this trip!
Settings : ISO 100, 150mm, f5.0, 1/160sec
One of the things I really like about Dublin Zoo is the large number of breeding programs they are involved in across a lot of the species they have. I forgot to take note of which type of monkey these are, if anyone does know please leave a comment. They were indoors and in very low light so I pushed the ISO to the highest setting on my camera.
Settings : ISO 1600, 70mm, f4.0, 1/60sec
Finally when I started back at the photography a few years ago I got a similar shot to this but I was using a smaller lens. When I took this first I was thinking there is the monkey do the same thing. Then it occurred to me he probably looked across and thought there’s your man taking the same picture again 🙂 Oh the monkey is a Sulawesi Crested Macaque.