Zoo in the Fall

When photographing animals, one of the best ways to get close and personal is to visit a zoo. And we’re lucky here in Ontario to have the fantastic Toronto Zoo. Which is more than just a zoo; it also acts as a leader in conservation both in Canada and around the World. This past weekend Heather and I took our son to the Toronto Zoo for the first time, and while he enjoyed just being at the zoo and sleeping, I decided to take out a lens I haven’t taken out since 2019. The Tamron 100-300mm is one that isn’t the best lens in my kit, but it gives me the longest reach. And with this trip’s amazing weather, I didn’t have to worry about cracking ISO.

Dozey
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Roo
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Silent
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Droopy
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Are you Looking at Me?
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Bear
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Troop
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Zebra Again
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Rino
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Hidden Hippo
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
When I was a Young...
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
Another Giraffe
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3
The Baby
Nikon D750 – Tamron AF Tele-Macro 100-300mm 1:5-6.3

I’m happy with these results; while the lens is far from perfect and didn’t work 100% with my D750, after the first few shots, I ended up going into manual metering mode and had to over-expose the shots to get decent exposure out of the camera, then adjusted in Lightroom to fine-tune the exposure. This was the third trip to the Zoo with Heather, and for the third time, we saw a new baby animal, in this case, a baby Sumatran orangutan. The previous two times, we’ve seen a baby tiger and baby pandas. If you want to see all the images, I captured on this trip, head over to Flickr.

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