Meerkat-Cleveland Zoo





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amb1946 Platinum
amb1946 February 28, 2014
What a character!
AndreaE March 02, 2014
Love this!! makes me smile :))
cathyharper March 02, 2014
Great shot!!!! Love it!!
Karine March 02, 2014
reminds me of girls on a beach
Pauljeno August 08, 2014
Now that's one very relaxed looking dude!! lol. Great picture. Paul.
skywatcher September 06, 2014
Lol!! Awesome :D
jhim September 11, 2014
Dotti November 07, 2014
Great shot. They are a funny animal! Dotti
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tonyafricano February 09, 2015
This has to be one of the funniest pics I've ever seen on ViewBug - Just Superb!
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Coach_25_0 July 26, 2015
Couldn't stop laughing at this one... how laid back can one get.... hilarious. Love all your photos just amazing the re-enactment with period piece clothing. The Thomas the Train is my grandson's favorite character and has been for 4 years... I have never seen a child hold solely on to one toy for that long and Thomas is his only one! Thanks for sharing you have an amazing collection!
Baumhaus September 20, 2015
;-))) cool ! :-))))
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Briser_fae_the_broch October 12, 2015
Haha, love the expression!
Johnnythompson February 19, 2016
great shot and he or she is chilling out

Behind The Lens

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Ohio.
I was visiting the zoo with a friend taking pictures of the animals in hopes of improving our photography skills. Unfortunately, we selected Ohio's hottest day of the year to visit. When we came to the Meerkat exhibit, they were trying to find a way to stay cool just like all of the other animals (including the visitors). They were so entertaining to watch. This photo was taken around 1:00 PM.
The sun was very bright at 1:00 PM, not a cloud in the sky. This unfortunately created a shadow on his face when he leaned back so that the log would get the sun off of him.
I was shooting with a Nikon D3100, 300 mm lens, handheld, no tripod or flash.
The Meerkats were so much fun to watch and were pretty active even with the heat. Timing though was everything. Three of us were taking photos and I was the only one to get this pose. He held this pose for a very short time and the other two did not click in time. It was definitely luck. I won a free entrance pass for the year for this photo.
Post-processing included cropping and reducing the shadows on his face.
In my camera bag
I usually shoot with a Nikon D800, 24-70 mm is my go to lens, but I also carry a 50 mm, 14-24 mm, 200 - 500 mm, Manfrotto tripod with gimbal, Nikon D5200, and a SB-700 Speedlight.
For this photograph, timing was everything (and maybe a little luck). You need to pay attention to what the subject is doing and try to predict their next move.

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