A couple of weeks ago I decided to switch off from some recent stressful events for a few hours and head to Bristol Zoo. The Zoo is home to a variety of animals in a relaxed and quite spacious area. It’s hard to pick a favourite animal, but the red pandas, meerkats, gorillas, all seemed to be popular on the day.
The weather forecast for the day wasn’t great, but luckily it was wrong and I was treated to sun for most of the day. This meant that most of the photos I got were better than expected. For photos where the animal was behind glass I used my Lens Skirt to cut out the reflections.
The Twilight World section doesn’t allow flash photography, so I decided to play with the camera settings see what I could capture in the dark. Hand-holding the camera I was relying on built-in image stabilisation along with appropriate manual settings (ISO of 25600, speed no slower than 1/60 second, and maximum aperture) to get the best photos possible using the display screen rather than viewfinder. It’s fair to say that low light photography is challenging, and it’s one area where I expect cameras to improve in the future. But the photo of the slow loris below is pretty impressive given how dark it was. Someone walked past as I was taking photos and commented “That guy’s got a night vision camera”.
I was lucky to catch a couple who'd just got married, standing in front of a water tank to give them amazing back lighting.
A very forlorn looking lion.
Looking straight up, I caught a gorilla looking down on me.
How do you get coax a lemur onto scales to be weighed? With food of course.
A monkey gives me sad eyes.
A meerkat looks bemused at children spying on it from a pod.
What are you looking at?
A naked mole rat, one of my favourite animals.
A bat tries to hide from the daylight to get some sleep.
A slow loris photographed in almost total darkness, showing how good modern cameras are at capturing light.
After weeks of playing with various blog settings, the 1st June 2013 seemed like as good a date as any to write my first blog post. And what better to subject for my first blog than the wedding of two of my friends, Andy and Ellie, or Mr and Mrs Little as they are now.
Andy and Ellie got married on 4th May (or ‘May the fourth’ as the Star Wars fans, like Andy, would say), at Caswell House in Oxfordshire. The weather had been mixed, but just in time for the ceremony the sun broke through and a rare outdoor wedding was possible.
There was an official photographer, but all guests were asked to take photos and share them on Facebook. I’m no wedding photographer, I’m not sure I’d want the pressure, but always enjoy the opportunity to photograph people in an environment where they’re willing to be snapped.
I took 115 photos on the day, and here’s just ten.
Ornate bird decorations on the tables.
Andy and Ellie share their first kiss as husband and wife.
Andy and Ellie sign the register.
Andy and Ellie share their first dance.
Obligatory wedding cake photo.
Father of the groom enjoys the speeches.
One of the bridesmaids.
A hi-tech script for the speech from the best man.