Wildlife Photography Practice

8 Jun

I’m not on safari yet. Soon. I like to go to the St. Louis Zoo to practice photographing animals and adjusting the shutter speed to freeze movement. Yesterday I did much better than I did during my last visit. Some of the animals were more than cooperative in posing for head shots. Here are a few of my captures.


Red panda.

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Orangutan swinging on a rope.

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Speke’s gazelle


I don’t know.




Baby camel








Red-legged seriema



Black throated magpie



Blue-faced honey eater









Grizzly bear

Maybe I’ll practice at the zoo one more time (or perhaps not) and then after that I’ll be photographing in the bush. I can hardly believe it.


22 Responses to “Wildlife Photography Practice”

  1. Mama Cormier June 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Great shots. I think shooting in the wild will be very different and hopefully much more satisfying. You’ll probably feel an adrenalin rush that you wouldn’t get at the zoo. Can’t wait to see your safari photos.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks, Carol. I’m excited and nervous. I have never traveled so far before and under very different conditions.

  2. Heyjude June 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    ‘I don’t know’ is a helmeted guinea-fowl. I always have trouble photographing them due the all the spots! Some nice head-shots here Rosemarie.

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks, Jude. Yesterday was overcast and I think that gave me better photography conditions. Also, the animals were out and active because it wasn’t so hot.

      • Heyjude June 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

        You must be getting very excited now – not long to go before Africa, where you should see plenty of Kudu!

  3. Heyjude June 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Oh, and your Nyala is a female Kudu 🙂

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

      I just used the name on the placard. Oh, well.

      • Heyjude June 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

        I have that problem with plants 😉

  4. Linda Arthur Tejera June 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Love these photos! 🙂

  5. MJF Images June 11, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Good job Rosemarie, soon it’ll be the real deal! It’s a helmeted guinea fowl (you should see plenty of ’em), and a nyala (kudu are more grayish).

  6. Emilio Pasquale June 24, 2014 at 3:06 am #

    Beautiful images.

    • Rosemarie June 24, 2014 at 3:35 am #

      Thanks. I hope I’m as lucky out in the bush.

  7. Leya June 25, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Well done! You are thorough as usual – travel well and enjoy!

    • Rosemarie June 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you. No blogging while I am on safari. Can’t take my computer because of weight restrictions on the luggage. I will be totally disconnected. That will be a strange feeling.

      • Leya June 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

        But very good! You feel free when you accept it and understand how much more time that’s at your disposal…

      • Murray Foote August 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

        It’s too late for my comment to make any difference and also depends on the airline but usually they don’t actually weigh carry-on luggage. Then if they do and you wear a coat with many pockets, you may be able to get under the limit by transferring lenses and cameras to your pockets (because they don’t weigh you).

      • Rosemarie August 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

        I ended up having to transfer my stuff into a duffel bag because my suitcase was too long to fit in the plane. Amazingly it was waiting for me at a different airport at the end of the safari. It all worked out.

  8. jakesprinter August 10, 2014 at 3:50 am #

    Stunning photography Rosemarie I love it 🙂

    • Rosemarie August 10, 2014 at 3:58 am #

      Thank you. I got a lot of good shots on safari too.

  9. Indira August 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Great shots. You have learned a lot.

    • Rosemarie August 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank you, Indira. I am glad you like them.

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