Thursday, May 27, 2010
I’m not sure exactly how I feel about pictures like this. I mean, don’t get me wrong, animal pictures are cool and everything. But when you take them at the zoo across the street, they just feel.. somehow less authentic. Like, if you take a picture of some bird that’s in a cage, and then go around saying how awesome you are for getting a picture of that bird, it kind of discounts all the effort *real* bird photographers spend trying to get pictures of birds that are actually outside in the wild. (And believe me, those guys (and girls) don’t eff around. My understanding is that it’s an all-day ordeal tracking those suckers down. And you need some wicked telephoto lenses and such. Once you know even a little bit about those folks do to satisfy their particular obsession, it makes pictures of birds quite a bit more impressive. In my opinion anyway.
Anyway, whatever. It’s a tortoise. And it was a few feet away from me. Because I was at the zoo, standing right next to a couple children who thought I looked funny taking a picture of a tortoise.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/25s, f/6.3, ISO 200. Focal length: 300mm.