Are you lookin' at me?

by Stefan Fletcher February. 28, 2010 4191 views

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All zoo animals look like Robert De Niro.

Or maybe it's the other way round.

Taken at the zoo de la Barben in Provence yesterday.

I also posted some suggestions on zoo photography in forums. Click here [] to read them.

Never did like the chocolate bar


As I can barely tell the difference between breast and wing on a plate, all I can assert is that this is a bird

I am convinced that zoos are a hilarious practical joke played on homo sapiens sapiens by the rest of the animal kingdom

Mozzarella manufacturers in a triangular arrangement

Locking trainee antlers


The wire mesh was too far away to counter. Read the zoo photography post in the Forum | Digital Photography section

Only realised later that a fascinating albino peacock was out of focus. Lucky for him he's not a crow.

The original of yesterday's post, which seems to have struck a cord with more than one of you.

This was the psychedelic version which Carole briefly saw before I removed it as overkill from yesterday's post.

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Helen Hooker 7 years, 6 months ago

Great set Stefan - those giraffes have gone straight into my faves!!

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Birthe 7 years, 6 months ago

Great set - the first one is stunning!
I enjoyed reading your comments and what you said about De Niro,
oh...and thanks for the tips on how to zoo photography.

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Amy Whicker 7 years, 6 months ago
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Heather 7 years, 6 months ago

I enjoyed the 1 and the monkey. I admit that an otter would have made a nice addition (primarily because they are one of my favorite zoo animals). I assume they hid paint in the little elephant's food :)
Kudos on the pictures. Our zoo closed other wise I could spend days shooting there.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 6 months ago

Nice post with beautiful pictures.

Have read your tips, thanks for them,
they will certainly be remembered.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Alicew 7 years, 6 months ago

I really enjoyed this post! Excellent DOF, lovely composition and interesting moments on every photo. A couple of them went to my favs.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Azrin Abdullah 7 years, 6 months ago

Great shots! Haven't been to zoo for quite some time now...

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 6 months ago

The first shot is fantastic and my favorite....what an expression you caught!! Enjoyed your commentary, too, and thanks for the zoo shooting tips....much appreciated!

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Jacki 7 years, 6 months ago

Fortunately for photographers more and more zoos have a more natural habitat for the animals... I think not looking caged is most important. #1 is my favorite, so grand.

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Jarvo Laysell 7 years, 6 months ago

Of course being one of the greatest method actors of our time DeNiro has made it his business to be able to pass himself off as any living mammal.

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Monika 7 years, 6 months ago

ps. your psychedelic version of the elephant is cool... andy warhol would envy this

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Monika 7 years, 6 months ago

I`d like to complete your thoughtful list of great hints for a successful zoo photosesson in forum: don’t take your 4 years old child with :-) reg. stativs: sometimes its nearly impossible to carry with (crowd, mad kids around, lots other stuff to carry) but up to about 1/10 of a second free hand works too, using other means to have steady hands. I`ve got lots of zoo pics but didnt find them worthy to share, you`ve changed my mind, I`ll post some in future. thanks for the inspiration.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
David Swatton 7 years, 6 months ago

Mmmm didn't know you got mozzarella from north American bison... but I would pay good money to see you try and milk one!

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Michael Sakowicz 7 years, 6 months ago

Definitely something that makes me like others want to head to the local zoo [which yes, I do have mixed feelings about...] However, shot eight is adorable and the editing on the pachyderm is hilarious. Love the De Niro line too.

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 7 years, 6 months ago

Attacking attention wherever you go...;-) Nice set, I'll have to go check your tips. I like the editing you'e played with too.

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Eiram Marie 7 years, 6 months ago

Love stereo:))

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Art Bee 7 years, 6 months ago

I just love Zoo photos! Very nicely done Stefan, the Lion is looking right at you with a curious expression! Excellent shots! Patience pays off!

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Hong S 7 years, 6 months ago

i like #1,, and poor elephant

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Moira 7 years, 6 months ago

Great set and commentary.

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Byron1 7 years, 6 months ago

Hahahaha! All animals look like De Niro? That's the quote of the day! Very nice set! And great captions too!

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Goldbrandi 7 years, 6 months ago

Super set!Nice work,bravo! :))

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Lynda 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent shots and as usual witty commentary.

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Crisu 7 years, 7 months ago

thanks for posting the suggestions. they come to be very useful to me as i want to go to zoo these days for a round of shots. i love #1 and 6, but all the post is great.

have a nice day, and i hope you'll keep on posting suggestions

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Ray King 7 years, 7 months ago

I'm inspired. I need to get to the zoo. Thanks for the photos and the tips!

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