Zoo Photo Safari

No need to travel to distant lands

You don't need to travel to Africa or the Amazon to bag great shots of wildlife. All you need to do is visit a zoo.

Gone are the days when you had to shoot through the slots of cages; instead, most modernized zoos have create miniature habitats, so the animals feel at home. That's good news for photographers who want to capture realistic surroundings.

Bronx Zoo in New York. Camera: Canon 30D, 55-200mm Sigma lens.

Busch Gardens bird sanctuary, Williamsburg, VA. Both photos by Mason Resnick Camera: Canon 50D, 55-200mm Sigma lens

What to bring:

Some special exhibits may be behind glass. For instance, The New York Bronx Zoo Congo Gorilla Forest requires you to shoot through glass, as I did here. A polarizing filter helps reduce reflections.

The best time of year to visit the zoo? Right now. The summer crowds are gone, and if you go during a weekday, you'll have time and room to shoot.

Just as when photographing animals in the wild, be patient. Some animals may snooze for hours, out of sight, but they'll reward those who wait for them to awaken. 

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