Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lion Country Safari

I really enjoy having a photo blog. I started this at the beginning of the year and it's original purpose was to post a "photo-a-week" from a different location in Palm Beach County all year. After about 20 weeks I realized I was in big trouble... not because I couldn't find 52 different photo ops in Palm Beach but because I couldn't always travel around the county every week. Also, I didn't just post one picture, I posted a series of shots from a location and added a nice story to go along with it. Suddenly, Sunday would come and go and I was getting somewhat stressed out that I couldn't think of my blog theme for the week. Since it was becoming an additional source of stress (who needs that?), I finally made the decision to  revise my blog's purpose and just post pictures whenever I feel inspired.

These photos were taken less than 10 minutes from my house at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL. I went a handful of times as a child (I have VERY fond memories of Grandpa taking us) but I didn't go as an adult until about a year ago, after I bought my SLR camera. After the first time, I realized that it was pretty crazy for me not to buy annual passes since it's so close to where I live.

This past weekend my goal was to take pictures close to home for the latest DPC challenge, "high key" (just Google it if you don't know what that is). The weather was nice so I drove south and hung out at Lion Country Safari for about an hour and 1/2. My goal was to shoot zebra in the safari section and giraffes in the feeding area and then go home.

The zebra was easy, although I did have to keep my eye out for the safari police because they frown on visitors opening their car windows.
Lion Country Safari
The giraffes are incredibly fun to take pictures of. They are SO extremely sweet and friendly and they will let you very close to take pictures. I have a ton of different shots of the 4 or 5 giraffes that they allow in this feeding area but I chose this one because I loved the way it looked like he (I think it was a he) was just leaning on the post. In fact, I think he had an itch and was just scratching.

Lion Country Safari

So, I ended up submitting the giraffe (at the time of this writing it wasn't doing as well as I hoped... not sure I nailed the high key affect but I really love the shot anyway) and I have a few more shots in my Lion Country Safari Flickr set.

18 comments:

Kelly Fason said...

I love the giraffe cuz I love giraffes...but I'm thinking that those who consider themselves to be artistic photographers who like to judge other people's stuff might think that the white background is lacking something. Looks like you cropped out the giraffe and the pole. That being said, I love it and you are welcome to make me a giant poster size print for Christmas :)

Tammy Clarke said...

Thanks so much Kelly!

I actually was attempting to create a "high key" shot for a photo contest. I didn't crop anything out but I did lighten up the background (which I thought was important for the high key affect but what do I know!?!). :o)

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