Day +157: Last day in Dubbo

To be honest, there isn’t really all that much to do in Dubbo. There could be- but those things really don’t interest us. It’s a fine country town, but if you knew me, you’d know that I’m a “big smoke” kinda guy.

We had a little errand this morning back at the zoo- feed the giraffes. There were 50 people in line who paid $7 a pop to feed a few carrot sticks to the 4 giraffes that were hanging around, so it baffled me a little bit as to why they would have feed hanging around for them just before feeding time.

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And then this happened:

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Some more animals we saw (we drove our car this time as we were on a time constraint- and our backsides still hurt from the bike seats yesterday):

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 We also went on a “Wild African Experience” bus tour, where we got a closer. look at the rhinos and giraffes. Did you know that there are only about 4000 white rhinos left in the world, and that poachers leave them for dead to get their horns to sell on the black market? Those people should be the ones left for dead…

Anyway, one full day at Western Plains Zoo is probably all you need, unless you are going on one of the tours (most of which are booked out in advance). Soon, we will leave the keys to our motel room behind and move on….

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FOCUS ON:

There are times that you only get one chance to get a photo- like the one feeding the giraffe. To maximise your chance of getting it, there are a few things you can do:

  • One of the most important things is to set your camera up BEFORE you get to the front of the line, especially if you are shooting manual. Make sure your batteries are OK, and that your camera settings will get you the picture you want (and make sure you have the right lens, the lens cap off, and you haven’t fiddled with the exposure compensation dial). If you’re setting the aperture, make sure that the depth of field you set is appropriate for the picture you want to get. Shooting wide open at apertures of 2 or less will increase your chances of getting an unsharp photo especially if you’re under pressure. Stop down a bit if you’re worried (even to f4 or 5.6). A sharp photo is the primary goal
  • Practise. This means taking a photo of the family in line before you. Check the result in the viewfinder and make any necessary adjustments
  • Work quick. Don’t fiddle too much. Take more than one shot and try to make sure that everything you want is in the frame

Happy photographing…