If you have seen my flickr photostream in the left sidebar lately, you have noticed I visited the Rosamond Gifford Zoo last week for a Sunset Safari. I had planned on bringing the Nikon 80-400VR f/4.5-5.6 lens. Late in the day, clouds rolled in and I decided to use the Nikon 70-200VR f/2.8 lens as I had a feeling I would need the extra stops the f/2.8 lens would give me. Turns out I was right as I needed every bit of light I could gather.
One of my goals for the evening was to get animal portraits. Using an f/2.8 lens wide open you have to make sure the eyes are in focus or the portrait will not work. As you see above, the lioness’ eyes are in focus. Her nose and right ear are not in focus but does not take away from her pretty eyes.
Another goal was to get a photo of one of the zoo’s Snow Leopards. I have been trying for a few years now. On most visits, the leopards would be lying next to the viewing glass fast asleep. Being in the zoo close to sunset, I has hoping I might get lucky. About 15 minutes before Sunset Safari was over, one of them got up and jumped up on one of the logs in the enclosure. This gave me an angle through the cage’s wires instead of glass. Made for a cleaner shot and I took a bunch with this one being the best of the bunch.
Look for more animal photos this week on the blog and flickr.