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.