One of the good shots of a tiger I got at Animal Kingdom many years ago.  I took a huge number of pictures, but I was more enamored with having a fancy new camera and a 300mm lens than getting good shots.  This mainly meant that one of composition, focus and shutter speed were missing.  As a result I have (or had) lots of pictures that were not very crisp and a good number that were flawed in one way or another.  For example, I have a bunch of this same tiger from a better angle, but they all have a big blade of grass across its face which I can’t really remove in post processing.

Picture taken with Canon Rebel XT, EF 70-300mm @ 300mm, 1/320 sec shutter, f/7.1, ISO 1600

Dragon Thing


From Artprize 2013.  This was by no means the most impressive metal sculpture (it was part sculpture, part playground and part pyro-pandering) but I guess dumping large amounts of propane into the air and igniting it is worth something.  After all, I did take a picture.  I took a video too, but it did not turn out well.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 17mm, 1/200 sec shutter, f/10, ISO 400

Jay Peak, VT

Jay Peak, VT

Another from the Sugarloaf trip, except not from Sugarloaf – this one from Jay Peak, VT.  Nice place to ski with lots of ungroomed, free to ski area.  I’m pretty sure we made several ventures through the center of all those trees over the course of the day.

Pictures taken with Canon Rebel 300D, EF-S 18-55mm lens @ 33mm, f/13, 1/250 sec shutter, ISO 100.

Clown Fish & Anemone

Clown fish & Anemone

Leaving the zoo in favor of the aquarium, a clown fish nestled in an anemone… If you look close, this is a really poor picture as, in my experience, most from an aquarium are.  There’s piles of chromatic aberration around all the anemone ends at the bottom, but I think it’s from the aquarium glass, not the lens that’s the cause.  Too bad really, because I like the overall look of it… Maybe I’ll have to go back to the aquarium some day.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-S 17-85mm lens @ 85mm, f/5.6, 1/13 sec, ISO 400

Western Lowland Gorilla

Wenstern Lowland Gorilla

One of the female western lowland gorillas.  Not as good a shot as the others because of the obvious nature of the man made habitat, but oh well, I felt the gorillas needed fair representation here.

Picture taken with Canon 350D, EF-s 18-135mm lens @ SEL 18-200mm lens @ 85mm, f/10, 1/13 sec, ISO 400

Grevy’s zebras

Grevy's Zebras

Two of the three or four Grevy’s zebras that reside at the zoo with their little Mohawk manes.  Pretty standard really, except that we call just call them Zebra’s and don’t care what variety they are.

Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 200mm, f/11, 1/15 sec, ISO 100

Sichuan Takin

Sichuan Takin

The second most infamous zoo animal (according to me) the Sichuan Takin.  Noted mainly for being a giant goat with very oily fur.  Other than that, I’m not sure what’s really special about it – it doesn’t exactly look like it would make a good pet.

Picture taken with Pentax W60, lens @ 25mm (140mm eq), f/5.5, 1/20 sec shutter, ISO 200 – which fully explains any lack of quality in the picture.  It was a marvelous waterproof camera for it’s time, but couldn’t hold a candle to a ‘real’ camera on dry land.