The Calgary Zoo III

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.

Links to previous posts on the Calgary Zoo:

The Calgary Zoo I

The Calgary Zoo II

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By | 2013-04-26T08:55:03+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Animals|98 Comments

98 Comments

  1. h0tchocolate February 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    amazing, amazing!

  2. Marnie Stretch February 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Stunning!

  3. Rene Yoshi February 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Simply stunning!!!

  4. simphonyblue February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Love them all! The owl is a sweet! amazing photos..as always!
    Hugs!

  5. Maria Marino February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Great photos as usual! I especially enjoyed (and got a kick out of) the owl that looks like he’s winking at you. 🙂

  6. Laurie Buchanan February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Exquisite photographs – thank you.

  7. Leisa February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Ohhhh that owl is precious!!! ♥

  8. Sheila Morris February 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    These photos are remarkable…thanks so much for posting…separates the wheat from the chaff in the photography world.

  9. Helena February 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Awesome pictures AS ALWAYSSSSSSS! I love redpandas, they are so adorable! Congratulations for the Tiger picture, definitely unique :D.

  10. In His Image Photography February 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Images!!! Have not been to a zoo in years, hope to go to on soon!

  11. necrophotography February 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Nice job 🙂

  12. Joe February 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Great photos !

  13. markshimazuphotography February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Great captures. I especially like number #4. If you told me that it was taken in the wild I would have believed you.

  14. sabina khan February 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Most excellent photos!

  15. A.R. February 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Cool set! I love the first picture, the red panda looks like he (?) just rolled out of bed. He probably did.

  16. lensandpensbysally February 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    More marvelous images through your lens, thanks.

  17. girlswritingcrazy February 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I adore owls, and the picture you captured here is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
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  18. Pennie February 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    These photos are absolutely amazing….love them. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Joy February 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    The Red Panda is one my all time faves!!!

  20. hhblogangel February 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I use to be a docent at the Roger Williams Park & Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. It was by far the most rewarding volunteer (and paid) work I’ve ever done. I remember the excitement of when the Red Panda came to our facility! I took many, many photos during this time, but none able to capture the true character of wild animals in captivity, as yours do. As always, thank you for your work, Patrick.

    HHBlogAngel

  21. hagnoska February 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for the tips and these stunning photos.

  22. samiisabelle February 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Amazing shots! My favourites are definitely the ones of the Red Panda! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Are either of those red panda ones available in print? I know you have different red panda shots available at smugmug.

  23. realtalkrealdebate February 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Wow! Great photos!

  24. Oh, glory.

  25. Alison February 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Amazing as always! Love the penguin and the tiger!

  26. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod February 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Phenomenal images!

  27. bebs1 February 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the pointers. These pictures look like they were taken in their natural habitat.

  28. cobbledtoolbox February 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Absolutely wonderful, thank you.

  29. Ana Ela February 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Though they were taken at the zoo, you have done a great job at making them look wild (and free). Beautiful!

  30. denmother February 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I love the penguin!

  31. Rick Alonzo Photography February 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Great set! Your work is beautiful!

  32. brandonkelly2001 February 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    These pictures are really great. The panda looked a bit cold, though.

  33. RoSy February 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Especially lovin’ the owl pic!

  34. Rusha Sams February 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos! You make me want to go to the zoo in my own hometown! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

  35. dorothycunningham February 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the useful tips! Appreciate it!

  36. kelihasablog February 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    You have some amazing shots here! I just love the Owl, because I have a “thing” for Owls, but that Pinguin is just too cute! 😀

  37. Jen C. February 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I’m not a photographer but you always inspire me with your pictures. They are simply beautiful and a comfort to me at times during my life’s journey reminding me of the beauty of the world. I have nominated you for the inspiring bloggers award. Thank you for inspiring me. Check out my page to see nomination and acceptance rules. God Bless!

  38. Rexlin Victor February 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Lovely shots!!!

  39. LizForADay February 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I love takin pictures of animals. Those are some great shots and great tips as well.

  40. Morrighan February 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    hello, i have nominated you for the blog of the year award! http://wp.me/p2GxHb-1KV

  41. neelkanth February 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Wonderful pictures.

  42. mydailyminefield February 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    You have such talent! My zoo pictures NEVER look like this.

  43. 48colorrainbow February 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I’m a bit surprised to see the owl awake during daylight.

  44. lost in sweden February 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Thank you 🙂

  45. justmusing February 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos! just like having coffee with them all ; )

  46. tinasrabbithole February 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Really appreciate the tips!! Will try that out here in Vienna. 🙂

  47. thesinglegourmetandtraveller February 13, 2013 at 12:57 am - Reply

    These photos are so beautiful!

  48. carolcork February 13, 2013 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Such wonderful photographs, Patrick. Love the tiger.

  49. Simmy February 13, 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Amazing shots, I can’t decide which one I love more!

  50. johncoyote February 13, 2013 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for the photos. Made me wish to roam to the woods or the zoo. The photos were outstanding.

  51. Mr. Wapojif February 13, 2013 at 2:14 am - Reply

    I tend to climb into the areas where the animals are to get a good picture. The zoo keepers tend to get a bit infuriated by this, mind, and I lost my left arm to a hungry giraffe last year! It was worth it.

  52. Ice Beautiful February 13, 2013 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Great pictures and great advices! Love the colors!

  53. Sonu Duggal February 13, 2013 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures..

  54. tellthetruth1 February 13, 2013 at 3:38 am - Reply

    The owl is stunning. Really do like him!

  55. v February 13, 2013 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Awesome photos

  56. kathibook February 13, 2013 at 4:32 am - Reply

    I am always so excited when my inbox reveals that you have posted some zoo pics! Absolutely riveting. Beautiful.

  57. runesandrhinestones February 13, 2013 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Really beautiful images – I love the red panda, and you’ve captured each picture at such beautiful moments in time.

  58. Photography Journal Blog February 13, 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Love your shots, but the red panda ones are my favorite. We have one that lives near here and I am working on getting a good shot, it is tough, so I admire what you have.

  59. Scott Mitchell February 13, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    man, your photography is supreme. Nice work!

  60. almostanowl February 13, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Red pandas! <3 They're the best 🙂

  61. lillylion February 13, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    They are, of course, ALL stunning, but that owl is AWESOME!!!

  62. wedschild February 13, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures.

  63. maximalspace February 13, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    You are very talented 🙂

  64. jamielynne82 February 13, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I want one of each!!

  65. Norunn Mølsæter February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Love the red panda, but they are all just adorable!

  66. David February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Simply beautiful shots.

  67. E. February 13, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! The owl is my favorite 🙂

  68. markharwoodwriter February 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    God, these are gorgeous.

  69. Jeff February 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I’ll join the crowd that loves the red pandas! They are beautiful!

  70. Arthur Seaton February 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Your nature pictures are the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around for a looooooooong time

  71. tinyandthecity February 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Amazing, and thank you for the tips!

  72. Mary Gilmartin February 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Great photographs and nice looking animals. They look like they are posing for you.

  73. lamozabonita February 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    all shots are excellent, no doubt, but I particularly love the red panda

  74. bighair63 February 14, 2013 at 12:58 am - Reply

    I love the red panda! Fabulous rich colours! Zoo’s are ripe for photographic opportunities but I feel sad seeing the animals behind bars!

  75. elisabettabottiroli February 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    perfect pics!! Amazing!!!

  76. paixpheonix February 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    beautiful. Its good to see familiar faces. I have some great photos of them myself. 🙂 I just wish I had as good a camera.

  77. Susan Bellfield February 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    As always your photographs are amazing! I especially like the owl, you can see each and every feather. Beautiful.

  78. Joy is now February 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous. The owl really makes you look again, at his eyes.

  79. BeTZzZ February 17, 2013 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Love your photographs

  80. pythagoreanium February 17, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    such wonderful creatures! very good pics

  81. briteideasstudio February 18, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Great shots! I love the bighorn, such a majestic pose and regal bearing. Great job!

  82. nattilisms February 18, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Absolutely love the photo of the owl!

  83. carmenthesimpleme February 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Awesome pictures you’ve got! 😀

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  85. Maria Albina February 20, 2013 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Brilliant!! Loved the Penguin, that’s my fav!

  86. chrisb-jwordsandimages February 20, 2013 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos of animals.

  87. fadingflair February 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots!

  88. Helen Cherry February 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Always tough to see animals in captivity no matter how beautiful they are.. I am always torn between wanting to get a good shot aned feeling tremendously sad.

  89. Antonia Nelson February 23, 2013 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips -cant wait to get out there!

  90. cbandkona February 24, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    These are fabulous.

  91. Elizabeth February 26, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Wonderful work! 🙂 My best friend is Canadian and although she lives in southern Ontario, she lived in Calgary for a year a while back. Should have visited and gone to that zoo! Amazing.

  92. Career Advisor March 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    These are really amazing photos. Especially the Tiger. Have a great weekend.

  93. leonardostories May 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Nice collection of wonderful photographs. Thanks for sharing.

  94. Heather May 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    wow…these are brilliant…I can almost reach out and touch the animal/bird in the photo. You are an amazing inspiration to someone like myself who is learning photography. thanks for the tips as well!

  95. Corinne Shields May 11, 2013 at 12:43 am - Reply

    What a wonderful collection of photographs

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