This image was captured at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo near Pattaya during a workshop where we take what I call the “Pattaya Loop.”  The Pattaya loop is a three stop tour of the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Siracha Tiger Zoo, and the Sanctuary of Truth.  I was first introduced to the loop by Rob over on www.1ds.com.  It’s a whirlwind 12-16 hour day of a workshop that covers all three attractions with significant computer time boning up on Lightroom once back in Bangkok.

 

This image was captured at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo near Pattaya during a workshop where we take what I call the “Pattaya Loop.”  The Pattaya loop is a three stop tour of the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Siracha Tiger Zoo, and the Sanctuary of Truth.  I was first introduced to the loop by Rob over on www.1ds.com.  It’s a whirlwind 12-16 hour day of a workshop that covers all three attractions with significant computer time boning up on Lightroom once back in Bangkok.

It’s not a very physical workshop as there’s considerable driving time and all three attractions have easy access, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun and lets us work from the car which means we can carry all the photo junk our hearts desire.  During this loop we cover techniques for shooting wildlife, landscapes, architecture, and low light interiors as you’ll see below in our outing section.  We also learn to use long lenses (provided), Gimbel heads & tripods, and ultra-wide angle lenses.

This particular image is significant when you consider the technical challenges in capturing this particular composition.  Mastering depth of field (DOF) is an essential skill and here we use it to show the first lemur in sharp focus, the second less in focus, and the third totally out of focus.  The way they’re positioned in a line, all looking at the camera, all with their attention on you at the same instant is very difficult to do.. much less capture.  Perspective, lighting, and more than a bit of patience is required.

Composition is fun as you try to include all the essential elements.  In this image you not only have your main subjects (3 lemurs) in the mid-ground, but a bamboo element in the foreground to lend depth.  You find the subjects, notice the perfect light, select your lens and aperture for the best perspective and DOF, try to include a foreground or background element or possibly both, and wait wait wait for the perfect expressions from our human like friends who are normally running and jumping around at light speed.

I’ve had a few inquiries about how much cropping is done and if enough ‘image’ is left for large size prints   Below is a crop of the first picture which has been reduced over 100% after the crop was made.  Plenty of image for a large print!

 

Primates are great practice and the Khao Kheow Zoo doesn’t disappoint.  Primates have many of the same facial expressions, temperaments, and challenges you’ll find when photographing humans, especially children.  If you can learn to capture running and playing primates with interesting expressions, proper exposure, and a decent composition.. then you just might be ready to photograph a wedding.. ;o)

 

Primates are great practice and the Khao Kheow Zoo doesn’t disappoint.  Primates have many of the same facial expressions, temperaments, and challenges you’ll find when photographing humans, especially children.  If you can learn to capture running and playing primates with interesting expressions, proper exposure, and a decent composition.. then you just might be ready to photograph a wedding.. ;o)

 

In this composition I loved the left arm and hand extending outwards in the scene.  The detail on the hand is extreme and very interesting on a full size print.  The face looks somewhat worried, like he’s worrying about the baht devaluing and the red shirts having a turn shutting down the airport.

In this composition I loved the left arm and hand extending outwards in the scene.  The detail on the hand is extreme and very interesting on a full size print.  The face looks somewhat worried, like he’s worrying about the baht devaluing and the red shirts having a turn shutting down the airport.

 

This is a crop from the image above.  That is definitely an expression of worry!

 

This is a crop from the image above.  That is definitely an expression of worry!