Yesterday I decided to take my Panasonic FZ1000 out for a stroll at the Denver Zoo, located in City Park. I have always loved visiting zoos and now days it is about as close as these old legs will get me to wildlife.
It was a mostly sunny but cool day. The oddity was that the vast majority of the animals were very lethargic and not active. Being a weekday, there was a lot of cage cleaning and maintenance going on so many of the animals were in their indoor habitats, outside of the public eye.
The exception was the Canada goose. These are wild geese that just choose to make their home either in the zoo or in the surrounding park and boy were they in a loud and raucous mood.
Despite that though I did manage a few decent photos but a you will see, most of the animals were in full blown “resting mode”.
During my shoot I discovered one small issue with my FZ100. quite simply, one must be very aware of how one holds the camera as it is very easy to bump the OIS (optical image stabilization) switch, leading to blurry photos at long telephoto.
After discussions with some other photographers I found out that several others had also experienced this issue. I would call it a camera defect but rather something the photographer needs to be aware of and pay attention to when holding the camera from underneath the lens bay as a lot of old time film photographers are accustomed to do. And there are a lot of us old film photographers around. Many others like my self who are retired. Some are former pros (like myself) and some just enthusiast photographers for several decades. Guess I’m going to have to modify one of my old habits a little so I’m hot constantly hitting that OIS switch and turning it off. In reality the switch is in a convenient location, but just also happens to fall where a lot of old timers are accustom to gripping the lens for support.
Well enough of my meandering thoughts. I’m sure you came here to see some animal and bird photography or to see how the Panasonic FZ1000 can perform in this type of situation. So without further adieu let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Just a reminder that all images are ©2015 David Wendel Robinson – All rights are reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. However I have no problem with you linking to the images.
One last bit of advice, it is generally best to leave sleeping, lions, bears, cheetahs and other similar critters to their rest. I found a couple of them began to stare at me as though I might be a tasty snack.
If ever in Denver, you might want to consider a visit to the Denver Zoo in city Park.