First Day Out with Canon EOS Rebel T3 Camera – the Zoo

by Robyn Wright on August 9, 2013

in Living,Photography

So recently I got a new camera, a big girl camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T3. This is an entry level big girl camera, but still a nice camera. I love having my smart phone for pics all the time, but I needed to upgrade for certain photographs and I finally took the plunge.

Yesterday Hubby and I went to the St. Louis Zoo and I took my Canon with me. This was the first time I had taken it outside the house and really tried taking pics with it. It was kind of scary! Most of the time I had it on the automatic settings, but I did try a few other things. Some worked, some didn’t. But I am a total newbie when it comes to using a camera like this. I had a photography class in high school but only remember enough to recognize some of the vernacular. I have watched a few intro videos on YouTube and I picked up a book, Canon EOS Rebel T1 for Dummies, so that should help me quite a bit.

Here are a few of the photos from yesterday – they have not been edited except to resize them better for my blog. If you want to see the larger size images and all the rest of them you can view them on my Flickr account.

Any feedback from you photography buffs is greatly welcomed!

prairie dogs at the zoogorilla at the zoogorilla at the zoonot sure what kind of animal this is, but I thought his coloring was beautiful Wild Asses chasing each other at the zoo Giraffes at the zooGiraffes at the zooThis little guy was gorgeous - he kept licking the gate though Huge ostrich who slept the entire time Another beautiful animalloved the hairdo on this birdNeat tree stump in bear enclosurepenguinspuffin swimminggiant tortoises

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1 Robin August 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

I am very impressed with your fabulous photos. I especially love the giraffes!

2 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The giraffe pics were my favorite too!

3 Ravzie August 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Nice shots. We want a Canon!!

4 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I got mine on QVC because of the easy payments they had!

5 Melanie Walsh August 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Looks great! Hope it was a fun trip!

6 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Yep, always love the zoo

7 donna W August 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

Your pictures look awesome. I love the giraffes. They are so peaceful to watch. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your new camera. I’m sure you will share more down the road.

8 Robyn Wright August 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Donna – I took some photography sessions at a conference this weekend and I have TONS to learn, but it is fun!

9 Lynn August 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

great shots! i went to the zoo a few months ago with a friend and all we had were phone cameras… not so good. we didn’t get any “in the moment” photos.

10 UTMahoo August 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Wow! Those came out great. I know I need to get a real camera, but I end up using my phone more. This may inspire me!

11 Robyn Wright August 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

My photog friends have been after me for a long time to try a DSLR, I finally listened. Have tons to learn of course, but looking forward to it.

12 Tiffany C August 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Wow, you caught some really nice photos, the penguin and the horse ones are my favorite! Even the one with the piece of wood and food is interesting – You have the eye! I was trying to learn photography too, I got some books at the library, but alI I picked up was the rule of thirds. When I have more time I’m going to take a photography class too…

13 Robyn Wright September 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Thank you – your comment about having the eye just made my day totally!!!!

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