Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's up Pussycat?

I captured the above photograph of this Lioness at the Audubon Nature Institute in 2009 during a trip to New Orleans. The Lioness looks as if she could have been photographed in the wild. When photographing wildlife at a zoo I'm looking for exhibits that frame the animals in as natural a setting as possible. Wildlife and photographers have one thing in common. They don't like bars and wired enclosures. The best zoos have large enclosures with high stone walls (usually man-made), native plan life and moats to protect you from the wildlife on exhibit. Animals that are in large natural enclosures experience less stress and live a more satisfied life which translates into better photographs.

In my humble opinion the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans is one of the best zoos in the United States. The exhibits are very photographer friendly. Most of the wildlife exhibits are natural and realistic. The Audubon Nature Institute is also known for its diverse plant life.

For more information visit 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: 17.8 meters, Exposure: 1/30s at f/5.6, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 300mm, Filter: Circular Polarizer, Lighting: Natural Day Light, Post Processing: ACDSee Photo Editor 2008, Date: 08/05/2009 at 11:16 am

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