This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting, once again The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Western Lowland Gorillas! They are classed as ‘critically endangered’ as their numbers are falling in the wild due to habitat loss caused by mining, logging and the illegal bush meat trade. It took two separate visits to the zoo for me to be able to photograph these engaging creatures. As we waited, watched and studied them it became evident just how much we and these animals have in common. Their facial expressions, body language and moodiness all too familiar to us as humans. We enjoyed our time with them and so appreciative of being able to see them close-up, but saddened at the same time to see them enclosed and without freedom.
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED
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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