Photos: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

My niece is in town and we decided to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in nearby DC.

Despite the hot weather, the place was packed with tourists. The hot weather made the animals seek shelter, the tourists (especially kids) were constantly in the way of my camera, and my zoom lens (Tamron 70-300) missed focus a lot, but I was still able to find a few pictures worth sharing with you.

A path under a bridge on the route from the Cleveland Park Metro subway station to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I may use this photo as a stock background later for a graphics project. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

An elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. I liked the detail on this photo. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

An elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. He came out to see us, and snacked on some hay as he meandered around. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Two elephants at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. It was a hot day and they were tossing sand on themselves to try to stay cool. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

A seal lying on a rock at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Notice the dynamic range in the photo. It was a bright, hot day and the sun reflected off of his back a lot. Thankfully, I was able to reduce some of that reflection in Adobe Lightroom 4. I left the chromatic aberration (blue outlines) produced by the Tamron 70-300 lens intact. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

A donkey lying down on a hot day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “You just lie there ball… too tired.to play.” Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

Just a friendly camel at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

A tiger at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. He looked up just for a second and I was able to get the shot. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

The Connecticut Avenue entrance to the the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. There is a large pedestrian walkway in front of this, and across the street a small, dirty 7-Eleven convenience store and an over-priced frozen yogurt place. Photo by Jordan M. Nash, www.jnash.org.

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  1. My favorite is the tiger, his gaze is so intense.

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