The Calgary Zoo II

Tips

The best time to get photos at the zoo is right when they open: the animals are most active and the light is usually the most interesting. Try to shoot with something at least 200mm and use large apertures to blur the background and isolate the subject. Doing this will have the added benefit of blurring the fence between you and the animal to the point of it disappearing most times. Always try to shoot from the same eye level as whatever you are shooting and keep the eyes in focus. Sometimes you may have to stay at one exhibit for 10-20 mins before you really get a shot worth keeping; so don’t be discouraged.

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By | 2013-04-26T08:55:24+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Animals|142 Comments

142 Comments

  1. Joe February 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Excellent shots, wow !

  2. Wyatt VanDePol February 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Great Pictures! I especially like the 2nd and 3rd of the Red Panda. Beautiful!

  3. Nikitaland February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    WOW! Amazing photographs Patrick!

  4. michelle7259 February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Your photography is incredible!!!

  5. sjophotography February 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Wow, stunning images. Great advice on going in the morning i will have to give it a go. Just a quick question, what type of lens are you using with this close up shots? Thanks

  6. susielindau February 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    These photos are spectacular!

  7. YellowCable February 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Fantastic shots.

  8. Angelina Carrera February 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    That shot of the tiger…..eating a rabbit?? I’ve never seen anything like it. At a zoo or anywhere….wow!

    • Ana Kay February 5, 2013 at 12:45 am - Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. Picture of the tiger is breathtaking. I usually browse through photos at a certain speed but this one made me stop and stare.

  9. Kodiak My Little Grizzly February 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Aw! Red panda!!! Soo cute!

  10. tarrancarter February 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots

  11. smashingthroughlife February 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    That picture of the elephant is stunning! God, you are so talented! I love your work.

  12. hooleywithaz February 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    love all of these. and absolutely wonderful tips as well.

  13. PigLove February 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures. XOXO – Bacon

  14. Luzia Light February 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Those are amazing, Patrick! Love the elephant!

  15. Simple Heart Girl February 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! All of them!

  16. kiwiskan February 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Great shots – especially love those top ones. When my book sales have made me rich (!?!) I’m going to buy one

  17. John Hayden February 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on WORK IN PROGRESS and commented:
    Truly beautiful photography of uncommon animals. — John

  18. Bbots February 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    The penguin shot is hair-raising, as if it is looking right through you. Amazing photos! Thanks for posting them.

  19. Shackled and Crowned February 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Fantastic shots! The foxes are precious.

  20. Rexlin Victor February 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Awesome!!! Fantastic shots!!!

  21. forkinriver February 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    You know what they say about the eyes…windows into the soul. Great advice for focusing on the eye. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I take a picture.

  22. FarAwayPeachGarden February 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Animals are so tamed at our San Francisco Zoo. We probably arrived too late… 🙂 Love the tiger shot! Well, the tigers at SF Zoo are lovely, till they got taunted…. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8931297. I guess they don’t have as much space as a Zoo in Canada.:-)

  23. Sheila Morris February 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Marvelous photos…I love them!

  24. Colleen February 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  25. Will February 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on The bluest, blue….

  26. jdhoward February 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Like ’em all except the tiger with the small animal. I know it’s nature, it just ain’t a delight to look at when it reminds you of one of your pets.

  27. simplysands February 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    ALL BEAUTIFUL

  28. lovesoulsandmusic February 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Amazing pictures!

  29. henryarthurphotography February 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful work of the animals and thank you for the tip about the zoo!

  30. thebestdressup February 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    ciao! breathtaking…the light shines through.
    thebestdressup

  31. Kent February 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    That Elephant is just mesmerizing!

  32. tanaramccauley February 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Amazing!

  33. ramblingsfromamum February 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Penguin, Tiger and Elephant amazing shots! All of them are but those are my favourite. 🙂

  34. saramay91 February 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips! You’ve got some great photos here! =)

  35. derikandamanda February 5, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I agree with Angelina… that tiger shot…WOW!!! Goldmine! All your pics are fantastic.

  36. Leisa February 5, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Stunning!!!!

  37. Stacey February 5, 2013 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful and amazing photos! Hard to believe that you were at the zoo and not on location.

  38. digger666 February 5, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on digger666 and commented:
    Grrrrreat action shot from Patrick Latter. Calgary clearly has a zoo unlike any I’ve ever visited.

  39. Ice Beautiful February 5, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Great pictures!

  40. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod February 5, 2013 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Amazing images. National Geographic worthy!

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  42. elizjamison February 5, 2013 at 4:20 am - Reply

    All these shots are so compelling! Even the looks on the animals’ faces – Amazing and beautiful.

  43. this is lemonade February 5, 2013 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Great shots and thanks for sharing the tips! Your photos really do look more like they were taken on a snowy safari than in a zoo! I haven’t been to a zoo in years, I’m pinning your post for future reference. Thanks again! 🙂

  44. elmdriveimages February 5, 2013 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Patrick: Great captures…zoos are really neat spots to shoot.

  45. Nikki February 5, 2013 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Nice shots!! Definitely right about morning shooting … the animals are more active and not tired from the heat of the day. That sun changes the story of the photo! Also, at some zoos, depending on the animal; like giraffes, interactions occur at certain hours. Here in Florida, i am always at the zoo, or Animal Kingdom (for the safaris), for park opening and go alone. A great shot requires patience, and unless you have an interest in photography, or a very patient significant other, one wouldn’t understand this.

  46. blackbook44 February 5, 2013 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Great shots and thanks for the tips!

  47. sarahwells27 February 5, 2013 at 5:21 am - Reply

    What beautiful pictures, they’ve brightened up my Tuesday!

  48. AlwaysARedhead February 5, 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures.

  49. kathibook February 5, 2013 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Wow! You’re wildlife/zoo photos are really stunning! I love seeing these ones.

  50. madiebeartri February 5, 2013 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos. I have always loved red pandas.

  51. Shula Kale'a February 5, 2013 at 5:40 am - Reply

    thanks for the advise. awesome photos!

  52. sengesspot February 5, 2013 at 5:47 am - Reply

    The shots are awesome and yes, they are worth keeping.

  53. katherineioriodempsey February 5, 2013 at 5:50 am - Reply

    just beautiful

  54. Photography Journal Blog February 5, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply

    Such good shots! Very practical advice to go with them as well.

  55. Anna Scott Graham February 5, 2013 at 6:10 am - Reply

    The first and last are my favourites; I love the detail in each, but such a different sort of detail. And thanks for the tips; it’s nice to know these shots take some time to happen, not just a brief stand there, click, move on. 🙂

  56. words4jp February 5, 2013 at 6:26 am - Reply

    How did you get these? The tiger and rabbit is stunning. It is almost as if you were lying on the ground – talk about being at the right place at the right time. How long were you waiting at the tiger exhibit? Awesome. I also adore the elephant – the more you look into it’s eye, the more you wonder what is that he or she is thinking. Actually, to look into the eye(s) of each animal makes me think of a question or a of story – where they have been, where did they come from. Thank you for pleasure of looking at your brilliant photos:)

  57. Chateau Prairie February 5, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Wonderful!

  58. Justin February 5, 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

    You are truly gifted.

  59. Carolin Grandin February 5, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!!!

  60. lensandpensbysally February 5, 2013 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Visual perfection…………….

  61. Kavi February 5, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Holy cow… These are amazing! It looks as if you were out in the wild with a National Geographic crew!

  62. Rusha Sams February 5, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Fabulous pictures! Thanks so much for sharing! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

  63. Penelope February 5, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply

    These are phenomenal. Beautiful!

  64. trzilla February 5, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I just tried shooting through the cage the other day. Yeah, my photos did not look like this. Really great work.

  65. PriConnects February 5, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Super! Duper!

  66. walksandrambles February 5, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    No wonder I follow your blog…beautiful work!

  67. kristaosborne February 5, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on kristaosborne and commented:
    These are absolutely beautiful…

  68. stephala February 5, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    These are incredible! These photos are so emotional, stunning, and detailed. I would never have guessed they were taken at a zoo. You have such amazing talent!

    Have you ever been interested in food photography? If so, I’d love to see some food photos from you 🙂

  69. Mr. Wapojif February 5, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I love penguins! And that shot of the tiger is terrifying yet mesmering. Much like the beasts themselves.

  70. Vivien E. Zazzau February 5, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    The first photo is too adorable for words; and the tiger photo is too beautiful and ‘terrible’ (in the ‘awesome’ sense) for words… I have relatives in Alberta. I hope to get up that way one day…

  71. The Laughing Duck February 5, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    If I hadn’t known better I’d think you were in the wild , amazing shots, much more than my moneys worth when I go to the zoo

  72. Dollface Apocalypse February 5, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    All incredible photos! My favorite is probably the action shot of the tiger, followed by the first one of the red panda.

  73. Margarita February 5, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Exquisite!

  74. Jessica February 5, 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Beautiful.

  75. Nail Art Freak February 5, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

    These photos are so beatiful!

  76. vaodiva February 5, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Amazing shots, as usual 🙂
    And thank you for your shooting suggestions. Having recently upgraded my camera I now have much more control over how I shoot. I will be practicing your tips!

  77. Alan Barnett February 5, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I’m inspired now to visit my local zoo. Thanks for sharing these photos, Patrick.

  78. Ai February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Kith and Kin : The Sisters Grinn and commented:
    I love tigers! Aridai’s high school mascot was tigers, so I told him that makes him a liger 😉 if you know what I mean.

  79. opreach February 5, 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Great shots! Love the tiger!! Thank you for sharing these tips. Morning . . . I guess it’s a good time for many kinds f shots.

  80. hunting for bliss February 5, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    The tiger looks so intense! What is that first critter?? It is adorable!

    • claireelizabethscott February 6, 2013 at 5:58 am - Reply

      I think it’s a red panda, Tobi — how adorable is that first photo?!

      Amazing post 🙂

  81. pastortimlfc February 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Amazing pics. I love the Tiger shot!!

  82. David February 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots. I especially like the red panda shots and the tiger.

  83. MrsBoardwell February 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Did you really catch a tiger catch a rabbit?! Wowzers, impressive!!!

  84. latebloomerbuds February 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Patrick, Patrick, Patrick, sigh…. Margie

  85. hashimeansbridge February 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    These are stunning! The colors are beautiful and you caught such great moments of the animals.

  86. Eileen February 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Wow. Somehow I quit receiving your posts and thought you were taking time out. I have really missed them. These are phenomenal. Glad to be connecting again.

  87. Esmee February 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    beautiful !

  88. Eva Taylor February 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Spectacular.

  89. irenefitz February 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Wonderful…they just took my breath away 🙂

  90. crossla79 February 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Love the photos x

  91. Coloured-Windows by katleenj February 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    wonderful pictures! I prefer the elephant, lovely and strong

  92. The Kaleidoscope February 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Wow, you really bring out the personality of the animals!
    You can see their individual character in their face!
    You prove that animals think and have some kind of awareness and intelligence. Everyone who has a pet might have experienced that!

  93. iancaimercer February 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Iancaimercer's Blog and commented:
    wow!

  94. Lisa February 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh your animal pics are fantastic!!!

  95. tieshka February 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    The kids and I loved these photos. Thanks. Maybe we’ll have to take a trip to the Calgary Zoo to see these animals in person!

  96. judyrobbinsart February 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Absolutely wonderful photos. I love the red pandas so much and the eyes of that tiger! Your talent is truly awesome. But don’t let your head get too big or it will show up in the frame.

  97. h0tchocolate February 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    wow!! I’m so jealous right now! 😀

  98. GalOnTrip February 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    cute red pandas and poor rabbit ;p. but that’s the nature. excellent shots!

  99. auburnskull February 6, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Amazing photos

  100. rusty February 6, 2013 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for the advice!

  101. Ionicphotography.co.uk February 6, 2013 at 3:11 am - Reply

    ……gonna go to the zoo this weekend……!!!!

  102. Josh February 6, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    So good. You’re the only photographer I keep coming back to for more!

  103. Duas na Matina February 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Your pictures are amazing… i’ll remember this tips when visiting Calgary someday! 🙂

  104. sneakpeek2013 February 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Awesome pictures, and great tips ! Thanks a lot. I use Nikon coolpix S9100, don’t have so many features 🙁 Still tried taking some good pictures in my blog.. could you have a look?

  105. NotSleepingAtNight February 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Wow! These pics are gorgeous! Really loved the first one with the blurry background and the tiger one, I really was surprised to see such an amazing pic! Btw thanks for the info you gave in taking photos, the next time I go to the zoo I will use your tricks! Bye 😉

  106. elmediat February 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Patrick thanks for visiting and supporting my blog. It is much appreciated.:)
    I have added a link to site in my Canadian Photographers Blog Roll List.

  107. crystalleong February 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    such fantastic work! you never cease to amaze.

  108. The Gipsy Geek February 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Incredible shots!

  109. letusmakeart February 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Very good tips!

  110. Zakiya February 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Your pictures always grab me and pull me in. Love it! Thank you for sharing your gift.

  111. thehappydigest February 7, 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Stunning pictures full of depth and warmth. You are truly a talented photographer! 😀

  112. matty2474 February 7, 2013 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Simply Gorgeous Shots!!

  113. shehannemoore February 7, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    WOnderful!

  114. Andrea February 7, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    what an absolutely stunning series Patrick, I love all of them, but I especially love the first one, because the background colours look so unusual and pretty!
    Andrea

  115. thelaurarene February 7, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on THE LAURA RENE and commented:
    It’s a zoo out there…..

  116. CK February 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Nice, I love nature and they all touch the soul.

  117. Ana Lutas February 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! It looks as if they were shot in their natural habitat.

  118. oaklami February 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. You’re a wonderful photographer, I really love seeing your photos. So great that you love it and find the time to do it!

  119. naomimgruer February 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!

  120. mydailyminefield February 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Again, your pictures are breathtaking!

  121. Round River Reflections February 9, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    The elephant and the tiger are spectacular

  122. Stephanie February 9, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    These are fantastic! I especially love the red pandas and the tiger. So beautiful. 🙂

  123. paolaag3 February 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Visual Ark and commented:
    Can’t believe the amount of gorgeous pictures Patrick has!!! He is my favourite photographer!

  124. Lisa February 11, 2013 at 5:15 am - Reply

    wow, the tiger photo is rockin’

  125. creativeartphoto February 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Great photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  126. Inspired and pretty February 12, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Oh wow ! Amazing shots Patrick ! I really love the shot of the elephant and tiger.

  127. Janice Sullivan February 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the tips. Enjoyed the images too 🙂

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  129. sukiesoriginal February 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Great as ever. What a beautiful penguin!

  130. LizForADay February 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, that is an awesome picture of th tiger with the rabit in his mouth. I love it. 🙂

  131. timothywpawiro February 13, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Love love love the photos! 🙂

  132. chrisb-jwordsandimages February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Beautiful animal photographs, so clear.

  133. In All My Life... February 15, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I love this set. Beautiful!

  134. teunm February 22, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on tmoeliker.

  135. 12yeison February 22, 2013 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Amazing It looks Magical

  136. lololi740 February 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful pictures.

  137. fotoartpassion March 9, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Lovely!!! 🙂

  138. anactuary March 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    That Tiger photo is amazing!

  139. lovelustncontradiction March 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    super cute snapshots! love the tiger and the penguin!

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