Zoo-3 Gallery

Between work and family, I've had little time in the last few months to travel to any exotic locations. Fortunately, I've been able to develop a relationship with some of the people at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC, and have been spending a fair number of hours there taking photos for use on an upcoming redesign of their website. I've selected some of my favorites from these shoots to display here. While a zoo is not an ideal locale for nature and wildlife photography, I've tried to make these shots as 'natural' as possible under the circumstances.

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Gorilla in the Grass

Image # 1648

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 385 mm

ISO 400, f/8, 1/20 second

Manual Metering, Center Weighted

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Golden-crested Myna

Image # 1712

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/60 second

Aperture Priority, Center Weighted, EV-1

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick, 550EX/BB EV-2/3

The bird photos in this gallery were taken in the Aviary at the Zoo. It is a fairly large, enclosed area, with often fairly dense foliage. Light can be quite limited. I adjusted ISO to include some natural light, and used the 550EX with the "Better Beamer" (BB) which can focus the flash output for use at greater distances than usual (see the Equipment Page for more details). Tentative ID courtesy of Christine Vadai and Ernie Ewert.


 

Patas Monkey Portrait

Image # 1746

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 second

Aperture Priority, Center Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Patas Monkey Posing

Image # 1748

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/160 second

Aperture Priority, Center Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Acrobatic Painted Turtle

Image # 1767

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 170 mm

ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/80 second

Aperture Priority, Center Weighted

Hand-held


A note on this shot: technically, this is not an outstanding image, but I included it just because of the uniqueness of the pose. For several minutes, this turtle balanced itself with the middle of its shell on a small point of rock, and it's left front leg, while the other legs and head were extended in true 'olympic' fashion.
 

Rough Green Snake

Image # 1888

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 second

Manual Mode, Center Weighted

Hand-held, 550EX (Stofen) EV +1/3


 

Redbelly Water Snake Tongue

Image # 1893

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 second

Manual Mode, Center Weighted

Hand-held, 550EX (Stofen) EV +1/3


 

Redbelly Water Snake Hiding

Image # 1899

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 100, f/11, 1/125 second

Manual Mode, Center Weighted

Hand-held, 550EX (Stofen) +1/3


 

Chimpanzee Deep in Thought

Image # 1947

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 210 mm

ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/125 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Chimps Playing

Image # 1957

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 450 mm

ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/200 second

Manual Mode, Evaluative

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

Again, technically not a superior image, but I thought the spontaneous action and playfulness captured here might compensate somewhat and justify its inclusion here.


 

Atlantic Puffin

Image # 1981

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 560 mm

ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/200 second

Manual Mode, Center-Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick 550EX


 

Parakeet Auklet

Image # 1983

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 560 mm

ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/200 second

Manual Mode, Center-Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick 550EX EV +1/3


 

Reclusive Red Wolf

Image # 1995

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/320 second

Manual Mode, Center-Weighted

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

While the grass in front of this wolf's face are somewhat distracting, I'm hoping this shot portrays its tendency to stay hidden.


 

Elk in Rut

Image # 2046

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 330 mm

ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1000 second

Aperture Priority, Center-Weighted, EV +1/3

Hand-held, 550EX/Better Beamer, EV +1/3


 

Blue-winged Leafbird

Image # 2077

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 400 mm

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160 second

Manual Mode, Center-Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick, 550EX/BB +1/3

ID courtesy of Amanda from the NC Zoo.


 

Double-toothed Barbet

Image # 2080

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 210 mm

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160 second

Manual Mode, Center Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick, 550EX/BB EV +1/3

ID courtesy of Amanda from the NC Zoo.


 

Grey Headed Kingfisher

Image # 2085

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L at 210 mm

ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160 second

Manual Mode, Center-Weighted

Monopod/Wimberley Sidekick, 550EX/BB EV +1/3


 

Lion Up & Alert

Image # 2112

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 560 mm

ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/50 second

Aperture Priority, Center-Weighted

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

When we went to shoot the lions, we found them back, in the shade, and fairly inactive. We were fortunate to have a few of the keepers come by, and since the lions were very familiar with them, they were able to get their attention, and the lions were then up and following them, creating better photo opportunities.


 

Lion in Mid-Yawn

Image # 2128

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 560 mm

ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/125 second

Aperture Priority, Center-Weighted

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick


 

Baboon Grooming Line

Image # 2130

North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC

Canon 100-400L/1.4x at 490 mm

ISO 400, f/8.0, 1/80 second

Aperture Priority, Center-Weighted, EV -2/3

Tripod/Wimberley Sidekick

Taken late in the day, the sun was starting to get low, and lit up this small group of baboons in a grooming chain.