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Show Me: Roger Williams Zoo

December 18, 2011

Last week I had the opportunity to take a little excursion from the daily grind and head to New York City. I just felt like it was time to do something a little bit different from the normal routine, so I took to the road and headed down to the Big Apple for some inspiration. My destination was B&H Photo, a place us photographers all know and love, maybe a bit too much! My visit last week was not about gear however, it was about getting out and seeing and hearing other photographers talk about their work. I attended two sessions by Wildlife and Landscape (and now add Aviation) photographer Moose Peterson at the B&H event space.

I have admired Moose’s work at his blog and felt like this would be a great opportunity to hear first hand from a photographer I admire regarding his experiences and passion. What I took away most from the sessions with Moose is the need to get out, shoot images and show them. I have started to do this to some degree, but I have a lot of work to do. Moose also stressed the importance of pleasing yourself with respect to how an image speaks. If the image makes you happy or speaks to you in some manner, then that is all that matters. Unless your are being paid and need to make your client happy, the images you feel most proud of are ones you should feel confident about. This isn’t only about showing off your work, but going through this process helps you gain confidence in your skills and allows others to learn from you. We all learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives no matter what the topic.

So to practice what I preach, I have posted a few images from a visit to the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. While a zoo may not be “real” wildlife photography such as Moose is used to, it is a great place to learn more about your craft and about your subjects at the same time. I took these images in the January of 2010 and figured it was about time to post some and share. It was fun to go back and look at some images that I have not seen in sometime and apply a slightly different post processing approach to them.