It all started because my two very good buddies and phenomenal photographers, John & Linda Mirro (http://jmirro.zenfolio.com), have been preparing for their up-coming Private African Photo Safari by photographing seemingly everywhere in Colorado they can find animals -- zoo, mountains, lakes, etc. Then they started sending me wildlife photos from one of their good friends and fabulous photographer, Rich Seeley (http://richardseeleyphotography.com).
I have this 55-250 mm lens and some animals nearby. I felt compelled to try my hand at capturing the soul of the beast. Because, to me, those wildlife shots that make your heart skip a beat is when they capture not just the moment but the very essence of Being. The eyes of the lion that command attention, or the soaring flight of the bird that is at the same time so powerful and graceful and free.
After a bunch of days, and a lot of really lousy shots, I have a few to share of my first efforts with critters.
Along the way in working on these, I also had a chance to practice some camera techniques (how DO you shoot an animal in a cage and obliterate the cage) as well as post-production techniques. (You'll see 2 shots of the same hawk, different backgrounds. And below is my favorite little meerkat shot with the background of cage, sand and other distractions totally erased).
The list of things to learn in this world on photography just keeps getting longer and longer!
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