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Old Jan 22, 2007, 1:41 PM   #1
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My favourite place to spend time. Although as we had company, we went over the whole zoo! The place goes up and down rather than stay on one level. Boy, do you know you've been all round it.

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http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n...0Zoo%20200107/


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The Orang is one of my fav animals. So hard to get a good pic though as he is always inside at the moment, and the quarters are quite dark.






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Quite a collection of photos you got there. Must have been a fun day at the zoo!
My favorite shot is of the 3 rhinos drinking.
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Thank you Royce. Yep we had a great day. The kids loved it and didn't want to go home - not bad for 15 year olds!


The rhino shot was so lucky. As we wandered by them, they all wandered to the water in sync.


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Old Jan 23, 2007, 4:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting....the pics have helped me decide where to go for a weekend away ....well actually it will be our aniversary :-)

Can you give some indication as to what focal lengths are handy to have as i do not wanna lug all my gear around :roll:

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Old Jan 23, 2007, 5:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for posting....the pics have helped me decide where to go for a weekend away ....well actually it will be our aniversary :-)

Can you give some indication as to what focal lengths are handy to have as i do not wanna lug all my gear around :roll:

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I normally use the 50-200mm kit lens as a walkabout, with the Sigma 70-300mm for the extra reach, and the 18-55mm for some indoor stuff. Plus the Sigma flash when necessary. I have also gone totally manual on one visit, with a 50mm f1.7, a 135mm and a 200mm lens.

I can honestly say though that if you have nice weather, then just take the 50-200 or 70-300 and you are more or less guarenteed good photos, as everything is in reach.
I tend to take a backpack with 4 or 5 lenses and a flash just to irritate the other half more than anything!LOL


I hope you enjoy the zoo as much as I do.

Check here, as I have 4 albums, totalling 404 photos, from the zoo.

http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n135/Dal_1970/

Zoo website

http://www.colchester-zoo.co.uk/



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Old Jan 23, 2007, 11:43 PM   #6
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Darren,

I've really enjoyed your zoo shots. I really like the back lighting on the pelicans. The orang is quite a character. Nice capture.

Hmmmm, I'm starting to feel the need to make a trek to the San Diego Zoo.....

Cheers.
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 2:48 AM   #7
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Darren, nice collection of shot's

- already planned to go on a trip around the zoo's in my neighbourhood this spring.

Now it's just a bit to cold, (but sunny) - Ronny
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Great picsDarren. You shouldtake yourkidsto Africa... Now that would be an adventure!

We went on our honeymoon and it was animaltastic! Unfortunately we lost our Dl with all the photos but took some with the Canon Point and Shoot. Here'sour favourite.
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I can see why you like this shot.

Seeing the animals in the wild must be a fantastic experience. The closest I ever came was a trip to Windsor Safari Park (now closed I believe) when I was a kid.




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Really nice selection Darren.

I specially like the first shot of the Jackass Penguin and the Rhino going uphill.

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