Today’s pictures are from our May visit to Wellington Zoo. I spotted a Sumatran Tiger prowling and tried my first wildlife shots with a DSLR. For a novice its tough to balance taking a great picture of a walking tiger especially when you have half an eye on your settings. How did I do?
The first image was me trying a manual setting on the camera and then not moving fast enough to keep up with a stealthy moving wild cat.
The sense of motion is very powerful though as the wild cat strides from the warm sunshine to the shady pool at the bottom of the path.
Tiger in the Shade
This picture takes a moment for you to absorb. Do you notice what’s not quite right?
You can’t see any bars or a cage to keep the humans away. It is actually very thick plastic and I am surprised I was able to take a picture but the amazing beast was mere metres away from where I stood. Even the youngsters watching the tiger were hushed.
Face to Face with a Sumatran Tiger
This was an impressive big cat and totally without fear. It concerned me that the big cat was alone with no company, and it might be fanciful to imagine a seriousness in those eyes.