Wednesday, September 24, 2008

After my recent dearth of photography, I have thankfully picked it up again in earnest. Coinciding with the first decent weather of the year, I and fifteen members of the University Photo Society took a trip to a part-animal-sanctuary-part-business called Animal Magic. I took a record breaking and hard-drive-busting 1,036 photos. I haven't had so much fun, in both photographic and everyday terms, in quite a long time. Animal Magic contains a veritable menagerie of animals: falcons, kestrels, doves, owls, spiders, snakes, dogs, skunks and hedgehogs can be counted amongst its lucky inhabitants. I say lucky because although many of the animals were rescued from bad injuries and awful circumstances, they now have the pleasure of being in the care of two of the most passionate and enthusiastic animal lovers I've ever met. I've never had much of an affinity for animals, but after this outing that has definitely changed somewhat. I've rediscovered a portion of that child-like wonder for animals that one gets from a first visit to a zoo.

On to the photography side of things: We were extremely lucky as we were able to walk around and take photos of these amazing birds of prey, and the various other animals pretty much uninhibited. Thanks to this, I came away with some decent static images of the birds. After this, they flew some of the birds of prey for us. Wildlife photography is hard. I mean really hard. I've never done anything like this before, and found it utterly impossible to focus on the birds fast enough to get any post-worthy shots.

Still, even with this, I took many photos that I am extremely happy with. It was like a month of photographic opportunities compressed into one day. Anyway, here are the results:








Hedgehog in the grass