Tag: Melbourne Zoo


A good friend of mine recently purchased the Fujifilm X-T20 mirrorless camera. I did help her work out what to get and she is happy with it. Lucky for me, I also get to borrow it. So I took it to the zoo on the weekend and took photos of lots of thing, including the butterflies.
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Taking photos with a telephoto lens usually means compromises. They are often too heavy to just hand hold and you have to use a monopod or tripod. They can come with a very expensive price tag which makes them out of the range of most people. Tamron have come up with a compromise.
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Last weekend I was teaching a One on One at the Melbourne Zoo. It was the first time I have done one there, but I hope it isn’t the last. It was nice to wonder around and help someone learn how to use their camera.
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While I have the Lensbaby Velvet 56 it is my intention to use it as much as possible to see what I can get with it. I do hope you won’t get sick of the photos, but I have to say for some things it is magic.

I went to the main Melbourne Zoo the other day and took a walk through the Butterfly House. I wanted to see what I could get with the Velvet 56. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. I don’t think I have tried to capture butterflies up close like this before. Now I want to go back with more gear to see what else I can get.

It is a busy weekend here and I can’t talk too long, I have to go and finish my book so I am just going to leave you with a selection of the butterflies I took. I hope you like them.

Last week I showed you the birds from the Spirits of the Sky show at Healesville Sanctuary, but I took so many other photos that I thought it might be good to show you them today. I’m sorry there is a lot of them. I couldn’t help myself, I got so many that I was proud of. I had to show you.

I hope you enjoy them. The last image was one I took with the Lensbaby.  I was trying it out at the zoo. Though most of these photos were taken with the very cheap 70-300mm lens that I got from Nikon. I am always amazed at the results of this lens.

The weekend is slipping by here, but it has been good so far, and I hope yours is the same.