Hi All, those that know or follow me are aware I spend a good deal of time taken photo's at The Milwaukee County Zoo. One of the Zoo's Ambassadors for the Zoo and the Jaguar plight in South America is the rescue Jaguar from Belize. "Pat The Cat"
Pat came to us from the wild forests of Belize. This during a time when ranchers were due to expansion of there farms cutting down and encroaching on his natural habitat. Due to this Pat started preying on the ranchers' cattle.
Pat was fortunately captured not shot. Due to the dedicated actions by Milwaukee philanthropist and retired attorney Nancy Kennedy working with zookeepers in Belize and Milwaukee to Pat to the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2008.
Since that time, Pat with his mate Stella have sired two sets of cubs, his addition has greatly added to the genetic diversity in the captive jaguar population.
In the Past, Pat has had a book written about his journey to arrive at the Zoo. Which you can buy at the Zoo or online.
Now, Pat is helping tell the plight of the Jaguar again with a Shirt/hoodie fundraiser Titled
Paws for a Purpose...and buy a shirt!!
This campaign is to raise funding for the Belize Zoo and Neotropical Conservancy (BZNC). BZNC supports the Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program at the Belize Zoo, The Belize Tapir Project and The Belize Corridor Project. You can check this out for yourself at the: At Paws for a Purpose
I already purchased m,y shirt and made an extra donation, check it help and maybe help these big cats!
Till next time, Happy Clicking!
Some of the best photo's you'll ever see toss photography rules out the window. So what to do? go beyond, stretch those rules. You'll never know what great shot you may come up with!
The rule of thirds: Set the horizon dead center, not one third up from the landscapes bottom or top. Symmetrical subjects, like mountains reflected in a lake are best candidates for such lawbreaking.
You've been taught to shoot at the lowest ISO possible for the light your shooting in, to produce crisp images. But while cranking up your ISO can add a raw, gritty appearance to your photograph. maybe adding something much more to your shot! And if it's the difference between getting a shot, or not getting a shot. I will always go for the shot!
Shooting in direct sunlight. You might love noonday effects everyone warms you about; flare, desaturated colors, erosion of sharpness. So what to do, go for it!
Till next time, get out there enjoy the thrill and fun of shooting!
We all know there are certain rules your should follow when doing photography. We also know the most important part of any shoot is to get the shot. And in wildlife photography this is so very true, as of course you're not dealing with models or landscapes which ton a certain degree you can work around and try to get that perfect shot. With animals you're working around they everyday lives, and they are going to do what they want.
Why do I bring this up you ask? Well, about two weeks ago while shooting at the Zoo with my friend/fellow photographer Scott Engel, we noticed quite a few folks enjoying the zoo, but also taking lots of photo's, which we both thought was great! But, there was this one group of ladies that seemed very obsessed with camera settings and missing lots of brief moments of great photo opportunities. So while I applaud they trying to learn. I think that more important to do on the fly, and more importantly learn about the animals you're trying to photograph, learn there moods and needs, that will serve you much better in your endeavors.
Till next time!
I'm a photographer who loves animal photography. Trying to capture that perfect moment is a passion of mine.