That Gentle Hand


You wouldn’t think a 7/8 foot gorilla would look so gentle, but yet it does. I am not sure if this is a male or female because the gorilla was sleeping as I photographed this. The gorilla needs a manicure, don’t you think? The first finger at the top has a nail that’s getting a little out of control.

Zoo Photography Tip

With all the kids running around the zoo, putting their fingerprints on glass, and getting in the way, it is not easy to capture great photograph. What I recommend is trying different lenses, standing back or high up.

For this gorilla photo I was using the Nikon 70-300 VR II lens and got up high to see over the kids. I think that downward angle made really made the photo.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Wow! What an amazing photo Scott… Great capture!

    1. Thank you very much Jason

  2. This is very creative and awesome – great capture!

  3. Bust out the fingernail clippers! I like how you can even make out the texture on the nails. Really cool shot.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! Thanks Chris

  4. nice DoF dude – did well to capture this with all the mayhem around you!

    1. Thanks Mark. I was using the Nikon 70-300 VR II which has some nice compression.

  5. A very elegant shot from such a large animal. Nicely done.

    1. Thank you Chris. He was pretty large, so I’m sure if he was awake the shot would be very different!

  6. Nice capture! The texture and POV is really cool.

    Here’s a tip for the glass at the zoo – clorox or windex wipes :) Good for crudbusting kiddie fingerprints.

    1. Thank you very much Jennifer.

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