Canon 70-200 f2-8L IS II

The camera loves me

OK, so what do you call the pose that models sometimes strike when they touch their faces with their fingers?  I'm not sure if that look is supposed to be thought provoking, or pensive, or maybe even seductive.  But I asked this orangutan to try that pose during our recent model shoot at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, and she pulled it off beautifully!  :)   In case you missed the other posts of this shoot with her, here they are: pouty lips and shy side. Orangutan_Poses_For_A_Model_Shoot_At_Lowry_Park_Zoo_In_Tampa_Florida_IMG_2117.jpg

$5 day at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa

I captured this Bald Eagle shot today at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, which had cut its admission price to $5, a discount it runs a few times a year.  I went once last year on a $5 day and really enjoyed it, so I thought I would take advantage again.  I am pretty happy with some of the photographs I made, despite the big crowds of people around me.  I will share my favorite shots in the coming days. To get this series started, here's a Bald Eagle coming right at me during the birds of prey show:

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Peacock feather details

This peacock lives down the street from me here in Tampa.  There are actually several of them.  People in the in the neighborhood say the peacocks have lived there for years.  Unfortunately, it seems as though they haven't been around much lately.  I'm not sure if they migrate.  I was thinking of the peacocks and wondering when they might come back.  Hopefully soon.  Here's a shot from my 2012 archives. Peacock_Feather_Details_From_A_Wild_Bird_In_Tampa_Florida_IMG_7265.jpg

Great Blue Heron glow

I like the way the sun glows through the beak of this Great Blue Heron.  The way his eye seems fixed on his beak makes you wonder if he's worried about why it's so bright.  More likely, though, he's worried about why I'm photographing him, even though I was a good distance away.  :)  I took a couple quick pictures and moved on to avoid disturbing him further. IMG_0679

Butterfly series continues

Sometimes I get on a roll with certain types of pictures.  Earlier this year I posted a series from a trip to the Lowry Park Zoo here in Tampa.  Some of the images, hopefully, looked like they were shot in the wild.  I really enjoyed that series, and I think many of you did as well, judging by the feedback I received.  So along that train of thought, here's another butterfly picture.  I thought about posting a different shot today, for fear of repetition.  But then I reconsidered.  I believe it was the right decision. IMG_0701

Delicate butterfly on delicate flower

According to my completely random and unofficial tests, if you Google "Tampa wildlife photographer," my blog is listed on Page 2 of the search results.  Maybe those search results will vary for different users, but I still think that's really cool every time I try it myself!  I hope to make the first page of the results someday.  Here's another shot for those of you who love butterflies and pretty flowers.

I shot this at f/3.2 (what can I say, I love beautiful bokeh and thin depth of field).  If I had it to do over, I probably would use f/4.0 to get a little more of the butterfly and flower in focus.  But I think this shot works well anyway.

What are your thoughts?

Butterfly sips from Sunflower

This pretty butterfly drinks nectar from a sweet Sunflower.  Beauty on beauty. I love making pictures of butterflies.  There are more than 100 species in Florida.  I'm trying to learn the more common ones and how to tell them apart.  Does anyone know if this is a Monarch or a Viceroy?  I believe it's one of those two but I'm not certain.