Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sometimes You Just Have to Do It

Let me begin this posting by saying that I really don't like zoos. I know, they have a purpose, and we have all heard that they do wonders in breeding endangered species and preserving animals that might otherwise be lost. Still, I just hate seeing any living thing caged, no matter what the reason. However, having said that, I do occassionally find myself visiting local zoos as I travel around the country. Usually, this comes about out of just plain frustration and a need to get out of the hotel and into some shooting.

Last week I found myself in Columbia, South Carolina, where I decided to spend the morning shooting the Flamingos housed there. They have a wonderful flock of Flamingos that are easily accessed by the public, and kept in beautiful plumage. I love these birds, and find them wonderful photographic subjects. Flamingos have interesting plumage and seem to love positioning themselves in unusual ways. If you haven't had a chance to photograph them, you should find a flock near your area and give them a try. I think you will be rewarded with the results.

My goal in this shoot was to see them in new ways. I wanted to capture them in an artistic way and not simply create a "bird shot." I'd love to know what you all think.


  1. I absolutely love the top photo. Even though it's clear that the subject of the photo is a flamingo - it seems to be more about the curves of the feathers and the head and the shades of pink and white than the bird.


  2. I met you recently in Concord, NC at the Christmas in the South Show. You encouraged me to look at your blog and I'm soooo glad you did. I have been sitting here for an hour pouring over your posts and your pictures. They are wonderful. I too have visited the Columbia zoo. I took some if I may say so really good pictures. My favorite was of the flamingos. I have the entire flock with their heads down and their plumage raised. It really turned out to be an amazing shot. Thank you for sharing. I will be visiting often. Your fan, Chris

  3. I think you did a wonderful job of producing an artistic group of photos. You focused on curves and lines which draw you in rather than the main subject themselves. Great Job Dan. Thank you for sharing.