On Safari: Part 2

This is the second part of the series of photographs I took at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

Once again they were taken with a new Fuji X-T1 and a 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens but this time they are all monochrome.

Once again the lens coped unbelievably well considering I was shooting through dirty plate glass at times into the enclosures. This was certainly the case with the primate images this week.

Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

This first image is one of my favourites. It shows the dominant male silverback gorilla in the Twycross troop. He is watching a young gorilla teasing a very old silverback who was sitting quietly eating. The youngster would run up and tap the old gorilla and then run away. The dominant male watched for a few minutes then got up, grabbed the youngster by the arm, pulled him over to a few females sitting at the other side of the enclosure and plonked him down with them, leaving the old fellow to continue with his lunch in peace.

Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

This photograph is of a chimpanzee who seemed to be day-dreaming as he was eating. I focussed on the eyes through the glass plate, hoping that I may get them in focus and I think the result is pretty good.

Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS


This final ape image is of the immense back of one of the two male chimpanzees at Twycross Zoo who unfortunately suffered from alopecia. The two, father and son Jambo and Mongo were both hairless and this meant that the powerful muscles of these apes could be seen. Their affliction apparently didn’t affect their standing in the troop, as Jambo was the dominant male. Unfortunately, one month after this photograph was taken, Mongo passed away from an infection. I’m not sure which ape this is, I have a feeling this image is actually of  Jambo.

Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

The final picture is of a prairie dog in the typical guard pose they adopt when above ground. The title comes from the BBC series Funny Talking Animals.

The Fujifilm 55-200mm lens has really impressed me. In my opinion, it surpasses its price mark with its quality.



Out and About: Twycross Zoo

The Viewfinder club phototrip was to Twycross Zoo this time. I hadn’t been there for a few years since my daughter was a lot younger and in some ways it has changed quite a lot and in other ways, by not much. I always have some moral trauma at zoos, because on one hand I don’t like to see animals caged up, but on the other I do like to see those creatures that live on different continents which otherwise I would only see when David Attenborough showed me them on the BBC.

There was some initial panic when we got to the zoo, because none of the cafés were open and I needed my morning coffee shot. Once we returned to the visitor centre and suitably ‘coffee’d’ up we set out to take some photographs. At the end of the day after quickly going through the images I was please with what I had got.

I took the X-T1 and the 55 – 200mm zoom lens, and I must say I was most impressed with the quality of image it produced. The shot below is one of the magnificent western lowland gorillas at the zoo.

It was taken at a focal length of 200mm (300mm full frame) at 1/320sec and an aperture of f/6.4 and through a glass window.