Painted Lorikeet, Denver Zoo, Colorado

Painted Lorikeet, Denver Zoo, Colorado
Photo Details
Title:Painted Lorikeet, Denver Zoo, Colorado
Caption:A painted lorikeet at the Denver Zoo.
Taken:21 May, 2016
Location:39° 44.9985′ 0″ N 104° 57.2342′ 0″ W
Camera:NIKON D810
Focal length:300mm
Shutter speed:1/100s
Keywords:animals, beak, bird, blue, bright, co, colorado, colorful, colors, denver, feathers, green, orange, painted lorikeet, rainbow, zoo

Mike’s Camera in Denver has a yearly “zoo day” where they allow zoo visitors to check out camera equipment for free and try things around the zoo. On this particular zoo day, I grabbed a Nikon 28-300 lens and used it around different parts of the animal exhibits. The lens didn’t wow me too much, but I was able to snag this photo of a painted lorikeet in the bird exhibit.

Lessons learned for next time:

  • Always keep your eyes open for photos. I was a bit bored with the crowded zoo and napping animals, and my mind almost disengaged completely when I saw this fantastic bird. If I had zoned out completely, I would have missed this photo.
  • Know your equipment. I had trouble getting the 28-300 lens to focus correctly, and I missed a number of shots fiddling with it.
  • Get to know your local camera stores. Mike’s Camera is a fantastic Denver resource, and zoo day is not to be missed for photographers.

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