Photography 2019 – Animals: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Sumatran Tiger” 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 4th time. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Sumatran Tiger! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers in the wild are dwindling on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  We spent a number of hours observing and photographing this beautifully marked animal while it paced within its enclosure.  There was something sad about the way it constantly walked the same path over and over again.  While I understand and appreciated that these animals receive the best of care and treatment, and the importance of Zoos helping to prevent the extinction of these animals, it still had me feeling poorly for the animal.  It was a very warm day and we were lucky enough to see the tiger take a swim in its small lagoon.  Many people came and went to see the tiger during the time we were there which was good – but I found myself wishing they stayed longer to truly appreciate the importance of acknowledging the tiger’s existence…





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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