I will start with a single Orang portrait from "The Realm of the Red Ape" house , as it is quite dark inside i had to shoot at iso 2000 , and shooting through dirty glass is never going to be easy!
i really think i captured this perfectly ! shooting with 100mm macro lens on 5d2
There are a few snake exhibits and reptiles inside also and the Python was in a really good position with its head just showing above the leaves. i have never managed to shoot the python before and was really pleased to get this image, i had to jam the lens hard against the glass to keep it steady and shot at f5.6, 1/40th iso 2000.
and a Water Dragon :) f4 , iso 3200 1/50th
Just outside the exit of the realm is the Flamingo pool , as it was very cold they where all kept inside so shooting through the glass i managed this shot .
The Tigers have a couple of cubs but after spending a while waiting to see them , i gave up!
i have no patience Haha.
The Giant Otters are always great fun to watch and they are so nosey :) coming right up close to see what We are doing! i must have spent about an hour watching and shooting them, here are two images, both taken with 70-300 is on 5d2
After another look to see if the Tiger cubs were out , NOT! i decided to go into the Jaguar House to see how the new work is getting on, there is a very large exhibit being built with a huge aquarium but still nothing in it yet.
As i got to the indoor jaguar forest enclosure one of the keepers placed a dead chicken about 20 ft from the glass! " Pele " the black jaguars Feeding Time! Ya ! even in the poor light i shot these images with 100mm macro lens iso 5000 & 6400 f5.6 the full frame sensor of 5d2 really is usable at these high iso settings :)
After yet another look to see if the tiger cubs were out,
I was getting rather cold by this time! Wimp! lol
so i went through to the tropical house to get warm!
as luck would have it the American Garter snakes were right next to the glass, so i put a 30 mm extension tube on to my 100mm macro and my macro Flash Diffuser set up .
it is quite difficult shooting through glass with flash but moving the flash diffuser to be flat against the glass i don't have any problem with reflections.
and a quick shot of a toucan/razorbill, cant remember which! lol
iso 4000 , f6.3 ,1/30th with 70-300 is
The last exhibit is one of my favourites, the Butterfly house, it is extremely hot and humid so placed camera into a plastic bag to slowly acclimatise it to the heat to prevent condensation on lens and Sensor! after a good half hour of looking around and seeing which species were flying, i opened the bag and left it another 10m mins just to be sure!
The Glasswing butterfly has always been a favourite but so hard to shoot due to the transparent wings, flash just does not work so natural light shooting needed, which on a dull day indoors among loads of tall plants makes it very difficult to obtain a high enough shutterspeed.
there were a few flying , but all in the darkest areas! Bummer! but eventually found one in a brighter area , and beautifully perched at a nice height to be able to rest my left elbow on my knee to brace camera still. shooting at iso 2000 f5.6,1/30 with 100mm L macro, the lens superb "image stabiliser" really does come in handy :) at last i managed a great shot of one of these beauties ! So Happy! :)
an Indian leaf butterfly!
and a swallowtail.
The last shots i took were a Owl butterfly that was perched on a woven rope , shot at iso 1600 with 100mmL macro, focus stacked 10 frames handheld to increase depth of field.
On the next visit i did shoot the tiger cubs, awesome! the subject of another blog :)
All images shot with canon 5d2, 100mmL macro,70-300is f5.6.