Contact Person: Jeffry Grim
3400 West Girard Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
When: April 18, 2015
Time: Morning (tbd) The zoo is open 9:30am to 5pm.
Gathering Point: (tbd) Carpooling to the Zoo [possibly meet for breakfast…optional]
Distance: Approximately an hour from the LV Turnpike or Coopersburg
Entrance Fee: $20 entrance fee ($15 if we can commit to 15+ attendees two weeks ahead of time), $15 per vehicle for parking.
The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is a 42-acre Victorian garden that is home to more than 1300 animals, many of them rare and endangered.
The zoo offers a wide variety of subjects (both animals and the people watching them), as well as challenges, making them a great place to practice your photography. Some of the obstacles you’ll need to overcome in getting great shots at a zoo include:
• Distance – the space between photographer and animal
• Moving Subjects – animals rarely stay in the one place for long
• Tricky Lighting – foliage and indoor/outdoor shooting can prove to be challenging
• Cages (fences) and Glass – while many zoos are providing natural surroundings the challenge of photographing them without the distractions of reflections off glass or grim looking bars both in the foreground and background add to the “fun” of zoo photography
There are a number of online resources with tips on zoo photography. Provided below are links to several of the websites.
They have no restrictions regarding camera equipment (i.e.; tripod, monopods, or shooting other than for commercial purposes…they have their own camera club that does that).
Link to Interactive Trip Planner/Map http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/planner.html
For those interested in extending the day, there are some nice places to shoot in Fairmount Park.