Photography 2019 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Orang-utan” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia for the third time. It is just a short distance from where we live and provides some good photographic opportunities. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Sumatran Orang-utans!  Zoos Victoria state that “while this peaceable family group lives in safety at the Melbourne Zoo, Sumatran Orang-utans in the wild are under great threat.  They are classed as critically endangered, with numbers in the wild rapidly falling. Numbers have dropped by close to 95% in the last 100 years and there may now be fewer than 3500 in the wild. Their rainforest habitat is being rapidly destroyed to make way for logging and agriculture, particularly palm oil plantations. They are also hunted for the pet trade and for meat” (Zoos Victoria 2019). Our time there while I photographed these kindly and beautiful Orang-utans had me appreciate their place in the world.  We felt sadden by the fact that they were caged, that their existence is being threatened by us – humankind. But hopefully greater awareness of their plight will ensure that they are here in the wild for future generations of us to respect and appreciate. And to know and understand that we all play an important part on this blue planet of ours…





During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens, and a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.





On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!





Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!


Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2019

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9 thoughts on “Photography 2019 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Orang-utan” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

    • Hi Claudia, the Orang-utans have so much personality! They are good to photograph as well because they do spend time just contemplating. To us, they looked sad but we were told by one of the zoo keepers that they are solitary creatures and don’t smile, except one who has learnt to smile…beautiful animals…warm regards Karen

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  1. Purely from an artistic perspective, I love the lines you captured of the orangutan with he/she’s arms wrapped around – great timing! Thank you for sharing your love of the visual, Karen.

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    • Hi Judy…thank you so much for those comments – counts for a lot coming from you. It took a couple of hours on the day to capture a good selection of photographs. Once back home I then chose the best of the bunch! I have learnt that photographing zoo animals requirers much patience and respect for the animals…sincerely Karen


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