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Meerkat at the zoo

 
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Feb 16, 2010 06:27 |  #1

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I went to Melbourne zoo for her birthday. It was a fairly hot day, but the humidity and the later rain kept the animals fairly quiet.

The last enclosure we went to housed a few young meerkats, most of whom were lying about, not particularly fussed at the group watching them. One, however, had decided it wanted an escape. It ran up to the glass which separated them from the humans, and began digging a hole. Unable to get anywhere, it ran into a corner, then started looking around. I snapped the following shot just as it looked towards me.

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The shot hasn't been edited in any way. I tried processing it in Aperture, but I felt I couldn't do much to improve the shot. I wish i focused about 5mm back, more towards its eye rather than the bridge of its nose, but at the speed which it was moving about, I'm stoked I got it anywhere near its eye.

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Feb 16, 2010 07:29 |  #2

I like to watch the meerkats here at the zoo, they are so funny and they look like they often pose for the photos. You have a nice image here, looks like a lens baby lens?


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Feb 16, 2010 14:02 |  #3

riggerjoe wrote in post #9619038 (external link)
I like to watch the meerkats here at the zoo, they are so funny and they look like they often pose for the photos. You have a nice image here, looks like a lens baby lens?

They are very cute. All the others were huddled under a log to keep away from the sun.

The photo was taken with my 70-200 f/4L IS @ 200mm and f/4. I think it would have been about 1.5 metres from me, which is why the DoF is so shallow.


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Feb 18, 2010 23:18 |  #4

great pic.

These little guys really do cooperate well for photographers. Often times there is a "lookout" meerkat in the group, and he tends to stand up on top of whatever high points are around like rocks etc. These meerkats are great for photographing as they tend to stay very still and stand on their hind legs. Just something to think about next time you go to the zoo.


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