Situated in the outskirts of Belfast City, this zoo is home to more than 1200 animals, a high number of which are endangered in their natural habitat. From a photography point of view their are plenty of opportunities to net some great images with some of the enclosures having elevated viewpoints (e.g Giraffes) to give an eye-level view of the animals. The only downside of visiting the zoo at this time of year is the low position of the sun coupled with the fact that the place is situated at the foot of cliffs (Cave Hill) which resulted in alot of shadows and low-light situations. I found myself shooting at ISO’s of 800 and 1600 most of the time (using an EOS 450d which has a maximum ISO of 1600) and even with the use of a monopod i still ended up with a lot of unusable shots. The next time i visit it will definately be during the summer months when the sun is higher in the sky and ambient light levels are much better. Although hopefully by then i will have upgraded to a better camera body with improved ISO ability. Below are the images which i feel are the best of the day.
Went fishing last night along the Antrim coast to a place called Garron Point. My friends and i call it Doggy Rock due to the amount of dogfish we catch there. Of course i had to bring my camera 🙂 so before i set up my fishing rod i went rockhopping and took a few snaps of the surrounding area just after sundown, this being my favourite of the set. I must admit to adding a red photo filter adjustment layer to enhance the overall ‘sundown-ish’ effect. It’s a pretty basic shot but there’s something about rocks+sea+sunset with a long-ish exposure that intrigues me.
Shot Info: 0.7 sec @ f/22, ISO 100
Went out with a friend today for a walk in the forest to find some mushrooms to photograph (makes a change from birds). It’s been a while since i made an HDR image but when i saw this strange little shroom i just had to give it the HDR treatment to retain as much detail as i could. The strange thing is that this is actually edible!!! Because the coloration fades with age and weathering, it becomes difficult to identify, hence the common name ‘Deceiver’. Shot info: 3 shot AEB @ f/16, ISO 100, merged to HDR with Photomatix Pro, finished off in Photoshop CS5.