Monday, April 12, 2010

Hollywild Photography Day


This past weekend, I went to Hollywild Animal Park for their Photography Day event. This was the second time that they have had the event. The first time was last month. It is held in conjunction with the Spartan Photo Center who arranged to have a Nikon representative present as well. The Nikon rep was there to answer questions about equipment as well as with a full stock of camera bodies and lenses that could be borrowed during the event. I borrowed one lens after lunch. The new 70-200mm, f/2.8 VRII zoom ... such a sweet lens. I want one!

More after the jump.

As part of the event, participants had access to some areas that are usually off-limits to the general public. First, we got to get close to Tank, the park's "working" white rhino. Tank was a tad camera shy at first, but he did eventually come over to pose for us. Today's photograph is one of the my favorites that I got of him while we were visiting with him.

It was quite a fun day. There were a lot of photographers at the event. I know that a group came down from Charlotte, North Carolina for it. My guess is somewhere around 40 or so photographers in all made it out to the park. The weather was simply perfect for it as well. It wasn't too hot, it wasn't too cold, and it was a nice partly cloudy day with plenty of sun and just enough clouds to keep the skies interesting.

Stay tuned. There is more to come from the day.

Keep shooting.


Pixel Peeper said...

There's just something about being with a bunch of like-minded people looking at animals...

And I so know what you mean about borrowing a really nice lens - makes the brain churn on how you can justify buying that toy!

Very nice portrait of the rhino! Was that with the borrowed lens?

Craig Lee said...

Thanks, Pixil.

No, this photograph was with my regular telephoto not the nice one that I borrowed.