Originally Posted by Scott Merryfield
Very cool tortoise shots, Cees. The sense of motion in those two shots really is a nice touch.
David, here is another colorful bird from the trip. It's not as good as the first photo, but it's not bad. The first photo was actually shot through a wire cage, but I was able to get close enough to the cage and have enough separation from the subject to completely blur it out. The shot below had no obstruction between the camera and subject.
I have a few "birds in flight" shots, too, but they were taken on the beach and at Huntington Beach State Park, so they are not zoo photos.
But it's not bad at all, Scott! Those colours are beautiful. And the shot is great.
Animal in cages pose specific problems indeed.
If one is honest, many pictures in a zoo are simply failures as a result.
Even stupid failures if one forgets to switch off auto-focus:
...and still not flawless after you do:
Glass can lead to reflections, as you mentioned above, but also pressed noses.
This is a cousin, the glass is hardly detectable here:
Here are two without cages, wire or glass.
So we're back at the birds. Certainly not as colourful as your bird pics, Scott, and certainly not a flawless one. But in this case I liked the atmosphere of the scene (in Amsterdam, Holland).
(click to see the full pictures as downloaded)