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  • Posted Feb. 28, 2010 by Stefan Fletcher Viewed 4046 times

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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 [photoblog.com] 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

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

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    • # Birthe

      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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    • # Heather

      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.

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    • # Alicew

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

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    • # Marsha

      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

      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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    • # Jon Laysell

      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

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

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    • # Monika

      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.

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    • # David Swatton

      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

      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.

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    • # Thebronzebow

      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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    • # Artbee

      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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    • # Byron1

      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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    • # Crisu

      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

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

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