A Day at The Zoo

A Day at The Zoo - student project

Hi there! My Name is Nickie and I am currently studying Graphic Design and Photography in college. National Geographic and specifically Ami have always been a big inspiration to me photography and career wise. On every family vacation, I make it my goal to visit the local Zoo. One day I hope to photography these animals and others in their natural habitat but for now, the Zoo does a fine a job. I hope these pictures are okay since they aren't people but it is a place! I prefer to photograph animals more than people however, I am getting more comfortable with doing portraits but for now I will just share these :)

A Day at The Zoo - image 1 - student project

I actually uses this for an assignment in my Black and White Film Photography class. With COVID-19, we had to leave school, the dark room, and traditional film photography behind. We switched to digital but had to submit everything in black and white. During my trip to Baltimore Aquarium right before everything was shut down, I captured this picture of this gator. The whole picture was kind of mucky and shot through dirty class but with editing that all went away and I think it is way more powerful in black and white than in color. I ended up calling this one Dangerous Reflection because I just love how the gator is reflected in the water. 

A Day at The Zoo - image 2 - student project

I was in awe of their beautiful Mantis shrimp. He was just in a small little area of the Aquarium and I was worried I wasn't going to be able to get a picture of him. As soon as I started shooting, the mantis shrimp slowly came crawling out of the rocks and almost started "posing" for me. It was absolutely insane in the best way! I ended up drawing a crowd as they were so impressed that I got the shrimp to come out of the rocks even though I didn't actually do anything. 

A Day at The Zoo - image 3 - student project

This little fella is a Golden Headed Lion Tamarin from the Smithsonian Zoo and let me tell you, they move fast!. I missed a few good shots of it jumping around the enclosure but once it went to this little hole area, it calmed down and I was able to get this shot.
A Day at The Zoo - image 4 - student project

I believe this is a Copperhead Snake and this might be one of my favorite pictures of a reptile that I have taken. In case anyone is unaware, these guys are SUPER good at camouflage and as you can see the leaves and wood chips around him almost match the snakes coloring exactly. 

A Day at The Zoo - image 5 - student project

A Day at The Zoo - image 6 - student project

If you have made it this far looking at my photos - thank you so much! I have had a great time watching Ami's course and looking at everyone else's projects. I hoped you enjoyed this course as much as I did and I would love to hear what you thought!