Who doesn't love animals?

On the Leap Year day of February 29, 2012, I set out to the world-famous San Diego Zoo with my trusty tripod and my Nikon D7000. Over the course of several hours I captured dozens of the parks' happy inhabitants in high definition and delighted in seeing familiar faces from my childhood that I had all but forgotten.

I rather enjoyed going to the zoo as a child but, in recent years, zoo trips have been rather therapeutic for me, especially when bringing along my latest media toys. In this particular montage, I focused less on the editing and more on the actual camera shot, the "bread and butter" aspects of cinematography. I tried to pay more attention to lighting, framing, focus, and sacrificed jolting quick action for more stable, intelligent composition. It was a good exercise for me and, I think, it helped me polish skills I had set aside for too long.

All footage was shot with my Nikon D7000, 24fps, with my both my Tamron 17-50mm and my Nikkor 70-300mm. Depending on the shot, my f-stop varied from f9 to f3.5, and I used the autofocus on my Nikon to really sharpen key features of each composition. The song you hear in the background is "Movie Script Ending" by Death Cab for Cutie.

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