Are you looking at me? ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME! This male Siverback Gorilla has attitude. After getting this one set of HDR (High Dynamic Range) images Mr. Attitude set down and turn his back to everyone and would not turn around for another photographic opportunity. It was as if he stopped to pose for this one photograph and then said that there was going to be no more of that nonsense this morning.
When I am photographing animal species at a zoo are nature institute I find that I get my best results early in the morning. So, I make it a point to arrive just before the zoo or nature institute opens to the public. In most cases the animals have just been fed and released into their public viewing habitats. Also the animals are more active because it tends to be cooler in the early morning hours during the spring and summer months. Once the temperatures start to raise the animals look for a shady spot and then they tend to settle down for the rest of the day.
In my opinion the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the best places in the country to photograph animals in a more natural setting. The exhibits are well designed for viewers and photgraphers alike without obstructions. The Audubon Nature Institute relies on man-made rack walls and water barriers for many of their exhibts.
To learn more see the Audubon Nature Institute's web-site.
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Metadata: Nikon D3 with a Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens, Subject Distance: 11.9 meters, Exposure: 1/640s at f/5.0, Focal Length: 185mm, ISO: 200, Filter: Circular Polarizer, Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Merged to HDR Pro: +/- 1 EV, Date: 08/05/2009 at 11:45 am
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