I have to say I’m a bit of a lonesome photographer. When I “get in the zone” I tend to forget who I am with, what I was doing, where I am and, if you’ll excuse the pun, focus on what I want to shoot. That’s not to say that I don’t like (and sometimes welcome) the company of other photographers (and people) – it’s great to bounce ideas around, discuss shots, kit and the like. But I do feel that I’m not always the best company when I’ve got the camera out. That said, a photography group I’m part of recently went on a trip to a local ‘zoo’ -Woodside Wildlife & Falconry Park at Langworth, near Lincoln. It was a hugely entertaining day, a lot of camera talk – photographers of all levels, lots of animals to shoot and I learned a few things. Always worthwhile when you learn new things.
Those of you that either know me or have read previous blogs from me (prior to upgrading the site) will know that I’m not a massive fan of zoos. Actually, I’m in two minds about them. I hate to see animals caged, but sometimes zoos are the only place to see some of these magnificent creatures and, when they are well looked after and there is a conservation ethic behind the zoo, then surely it’s not all bad. (It’s also a lot cheaper to go 8 miles down the road to shoot tigers than to go to India to do the same).
Woodside is not a massive zoo, but it is well maintained, the staff helpful and informative, and more importantly the animals seem content – I have been to zoos where big cats pace in circles continuously – heart breaking. Not the case at Woodside, where they seem to use their available space exceptionally well and the tigers and the Canadian white wolves have considerable space to roam. The tigers in particular, both rescued from awful conditions, look healthy and magnificent. Two beautiful creatures (and a testament to the staff at Woodside). The white wolves – the only ones in the UK – were fabulous and look at home and behaved naturally. Superb to watch. A few years back I was given a day photographing wolves at a venue in Bedfordshire, hopefully the shots of the Woodside wolves show an improvement in my photography.
Looking at the shots of other members in the group, I missed some of the animals altogether, so no doubt a return visit will be on the cards. In the meantime enjoy the shots at the following linksA Walk On The Woodside I have to say I’m a bit of a lonesome photographer. When I “get in the zone” I tend to forget who I am with, what I was doing, where I am and, if you’ll excuse the pun, focus on what I want to shoot.