Kaeo and I went to the zoo yesterday while we waited for Gabe to get off of work. While I love my Canon 70-200mm f.2.8 IS, I’m dying for the 100-400mm! I have the Canon 2x extender, but I’m less than thrilled with the quality of the images it produces in shadowy, low-lighting. But, I’m not a wildlife photographer, so until I am, I shall make do.
The tiger cubs have gotten so big! Here’s a photo of one that I too back in January/February:
And here they are now!:
One of the older tigers was napping in the other pen:
One amusing moment was when we saw that a cat had infiltrated the spoonbill exhibit. He was mostly eating the birds’ food, but was also chasing around some of the duck for fun.
Mmm, patterns and contrast and odd-numbered subjects…
And finally, for some reason I often get photos of wild birds at the zoo that I like more than the ones I have of the zoo-birds. For example, my Mejiro photo, taken with my old Digital Rebel about four years ago:
This time, I got a photo of a male cardinal flitting around collecting food from the sidewalk and feeding it to his baby that was following closely behind:
I swear that I will someday make a photo book of all my tiger photos.
And on a more serious note, I have stayed up all night following the #IranElection tweets on Twitter, which come in by the hundreds ever ten seconds or so. As a photographer, the pictures were most interesting to me, as a few started being TwitPic’d in from Tehran. However, it was someone’s re-tweet of THIS gallery that really caught my interest.
Warning, the gallery includes some very graphic images of the injured, dying, and dead.
From my understanding, the photographer is collecting photographs from people in Iran and posting them to Flickr via email. Many of the photos have been picked up by the major news organizations around the world. Not only are they extremely revealing of what’s going on in a country that’s been mostly closed off to the international media, a lot of them are amazingly good pictures.
It almost makes me want to be a heroic photojournalist, but luckily for my mother’s peace of mind, I’m sure I would be far too much of a coward to ever venture into chaotic streets like that. All I can do is sit back and admire these brave photographers.
Quick little painting I did…wishing for a Japanese Spitz of my own….