Chester Zoo

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by Mungy, May 23, 2007.

  1. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    I went to Chester Zoo today to get a couple of photos for my daughter. There I was by the lion enclosure and couldn't see them properly cos of all the kids there. So off I go around the other side and I can just see the lions face, so I crouch down to get a better view. He notices me jumps down off the platform and started stalking me!


    He was about 6 feet away when I took this, even though there was 2 lots of fence between us I was still shitting it.

    Lions are fucking awesome :D
  2. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz


    There was a thick piece of glass between us, it got right up to the glass. Tigers definitely look more psychotic.
  3. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Poor things :(
  4. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz


    I was well aware that I was only alive due to the fences / glass. Zoo's have come on a long way since I was a kid in the 70's though.
  5. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

  6. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Image input equipment manufacturer: NIKON CORPORATION
    Image input equipment model: NIKON D70
    Lens focal length: 300

    So that's how you got so close :D
  7. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    if you think i'm climbing in with them marmots, you can think again :D
  8. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    if you get a chance try the south lakes wild animal park in erm the lake district (barrow i think)

    its not a zoo as such more a conservation park and the tigers there are awesome. you can also do a "behind the scenes" photography thing at knowlesly
  9. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    We've always wanted to do knowsley. My brother lives out that way so we could annoy him as well :D
  10. Chorlton

    Chorlton CEO of Stupid

    fucken hell i was about to do a thread on zoos and photoging but i couldn't be arsed with the big shitsandwich the thread would become as ethics were discussed.... and i'm not sure what my own opinion is..... but - was chester zoo good from

    a) a photogtaphy POV

    b) did it look ethically alright?

    never been to a zoo in my life and not sure i really want to but i really want to shoot tigers...
  11. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    Bastard. Tigers is alright. You leave them alone.

    Fucking farmers.
  12. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Ah, the glass probably explains the slight greenish tint to the lighter areas of fur.
  13. disco_dave_2000

    disco_dave_2000 la la lapland

  14. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    Chester zoo is pretty good for photos though you do need some telephoto action to get through the mesh fences and get some detail. The elephants are easy to get, this was the first time I've got a decent pic of the big cats.

    Ethically.... well.... I know a bloke who used to be a zoo keeper there and he says the animals are well looked after. Most of them have a fair bit of space, though some like the komodo dragon leave something to be desired. But ethically.... It's up to you. I think they serve a purpose in an attempt to protect endangered species, but if humans didn't fuck the planet up, there would be no need for them - certainly as a profit making business.
  15. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    I love those pics :cool:

    Roarrrrr!!!! :D

    Question : I've not photographed through glass for a long time how do you not get any reflections?
  16. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    You should of called in for tea Mungy. I live right next door to the zoo;)
    Nice pics. :cool:
    Did you get any of the otters?
  17. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Chester's probably the best zoo for looking ethically right which extends well to the habitat the animals live in. It's come a long way from the polar bear pit days.

    It's also great for photography. There's plenty of viewing space at different levels. My advice though would be visit outside of the summer months. We go daily in the winter. There's not many folk there and the animals seem more inquisitive about you in the quiet months. As well as the animals there's loads of other stuff to shoot there too. The gardens are nice and there's great scope for people pics. In the summer it's a big hit with camera club days out. Monopods fucking everywhere:eek: :D

    If you fancy going Chorlton let me know, we get half price tickets for guests. Cos it's not cheap:D
  18. Paul Russell

    Paul Russell Psychogeographer

    I think Chester Zoo is the best zoo I've been to.

  19. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap R.I.P.

    Use a polarizer filter. They are good for improving colour saturation as well.
  20. Mungy

    Mungy i haz boobz

    I got some of the otters a couple of years ago, I'll see if I can find em.
  21. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    There's a truck load of them at the moment. They had a litter last year;) 6 I think.
    Me and the kid like the red pandas but trying to get a good shot of them isn't easy. The only time we've seen them down from the trees we had no bloody cameras with us.:mad: :D
    We got this pic one cold, wet, misty day in feb.
    Both best viewed large.
  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    On fire apparently :(
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  23. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    Hope none of the animals are harmed. :(
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  24. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you



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  25. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    That suggests they evacuated humans first, and then rescued the animals. They've got the priority back to front.
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  26. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    Luckily the smoke a-llamas worked
  27. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

  28. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

  29. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

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