Western Lowland Gorilla

On Saturday, Joyce and I drove down to Zoo Atlanta to meet up with the North Georgia Photo Club.  It was a pleasant morning with the exception of the drive.  The damage to I-85 continues to make traveling through downtown Atlanta difficult.  To make it a little worse, I discovered that Google Maps is not quite up to speed on the road closures.  My usually dependable navigation app got me off of GA-400 at the right place but kept trying to re-route me to a closed road.  After some busy side roads, we did get back on the highway and made it to the zoo.

The day was pretty warm but Zoo Atlanta is nicely shaded and there was a nice breeze that made it a great day to be out walking around.  The Gorilla habitat was a great stop as the troop were active with feeding and moving around.  I have been there before when they were just sleeping and this was much more enjoyable.

Many of the adults, including the big Silverback were visible and I got some nice shots of their expressive faces.  The image above is an adult male (we think his name is Charley) who was busy eating his veggies and posing for portraits.

My big-honkin’ Sigma lens did a great job on this shoot.  I’m going to see if someone else would like to give it a new home soon as I have a new Tamron long lens now.  Looking forward to see what that new glass will let me capture.

Zoo Atlanta

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/6.3 –  1/60 sec – ISO 800


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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