Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “Zoo

One Leaf

One Leaf

The recent warm weather at the Calgary Zoo had snow melting in places. The layers of deposits in this unused enclosure were melting at different rates, exposing the strata. A leaf that had been frozen in the snow was being freed by the heat of the sun.

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Musk Ox Horn

Musk Ox Horn

The Musk Ox has one of the most distinctive horns in the North American animals department. I reminds me somewhat, of the African Cape Buffalo, in that it starts in the middle of the skull and spreads across the entire head. The shape however, is different. On looking at them closely, you can see that there is almost a wood grain pattern on the outside of the horn. The Musk Ox at the zoo seem quite passive but the lore of the musk ox is that they are active in their defence of the herd. Photographing a large animal through a fence can introduce a large number of distracting items. Using a long lens at a wide aperture allows you to narrow the focal point and reduce the subject area, leaving the distractions behind.

In the best light…


Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Morning Stroll

The elephants at the Calgary Zoo have always been one of the most favorite exhibits at the Zoo for my wife and me.

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Ram Tough

Ram Tough

On our recent photo walk to the Calgary Zoo, we visited one of our favourite exhibits, the North American Wildlife. I happened to see this Big Horn Ram just walking into a shaft of sunlight. The back lighting highlighted the horns and spine of the animal. I liked the warm browns of the the animal contrasting with the blue tones of the rocks in the background.

In the best light…


Regal Walk

Regal Walk

A King Penguin takes a stroll on a Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo at a recent photo walk. The penguins are taken out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 AM, weather permitting. The penguins only walk on days that are above –25c and below +10c. They are walking to raise money to help support penguins in the wild.

I pretty much stayed with my 70-200mm f/2.8 the whole day at the zoo, wanting to reduce background clutter. On the Penguin Walk, the tough thing is to try to get yourself situated where you have a good view and a background that you can deal with. You can get quite close to the birds, but no touching.

In the best light…


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