For this series of Photos from out Disney Family Vacation, I used my Nex-6 and the 55-210mm E-Mount Lens. The extra focal length of the SEL55210 was definitely needed for the Animal Kingdom as most animals were pretty far away, and the 18-55mm standard kit lens is not enough zoom. I really wanted to get close-ups of the animals and zoom in for some nice detail shots as you will see below 😉 This is the third series of photos from the trip, so be sure to check out the other two by selecting the home button, or looking at the related articles just below this post.
All I brought into the Animal Kingdom park was the Nex-6, the sel55210mm lens, a 16gig sandisk extreme memory card, and an extra battery. As it turns out the combo worked out great for what I wanted to capture.
The Animal kingdom is one of the newer parks at Disney World and I have never been there before. What they have going on is basically an awesome zoo with the Disney magic thrown in wherever possible. They have a pretty awesome safari attraction that was a blast and we saw a ton of animals in what looked to be a natural habitat I must say. They also had a rapids ride my Dad and I went on which was short, but fun.
I ended up purchasing the 55-210mm lens as I really wanted it, and this trip justified the purchase in my mind. If your a regular reader you may remember me saying I wanted this lens for my personal collection many times, but just couldn’t afford it. Happy day, I finally own the sel55210 🙂 I absolutely love that it’s in my camera bag now with the sel1855, and sel16f28 lenses plus the Minolta 50mm f/1.4 Mc Rokkor PG Lens I’m still trying to find time to play with.
Just so you know, I shot only in raw quality for all these photos and did some enhancements in Adobe Lightroom 4. If you want to see how I enhance the Sony Nex-6 raw files using Lightroom 4, be sure to check out the Lightroom Tutorials Categories Here >> I also used Aperture Priority mode, Auto ISO, Auto WB, Area Focus, and average metering 95% of the time. I did use exposure comp a few times and shutter priority mode for a few high speed shots you will see in another article soon.
The Animal Kingdom
On the way into the park we had a very funny driver who was cracking jokes about the driver making an amazing U-Turn with the tram train. Love the sel55210 lens for portraits like this!
Be sure to click on these photos for the larger versions!
The entrance sign was pretty impressive I thought.
The Tree of Life is the main symbol of the park so I will start with that. More from the other side of the tree later on in the series 😉 Incredible sculpture work as the tree appears to have all the animals from the park on it if you look close!
First place we ended up coming to in our travels thru the park was Africa.
Some talented gentleman were out playing instruments and we stopped to watch for a few minutes as it sounded pretty cool!
Moving on to thru the park we came across some lazy lizard, and some kind of monkey that looked like a skunk!
Next we went through an exhibit that had some birds, fish, and an old Hippo skull hanging out for viewing.
Layla loves fish tanks.
Here’s a snapshot my wife Michel took of myself and Layla getting in on the action at the fish tank viewing area 🙂
Check out the funny little guy. I think it’s a prairie dog or something like that. Should have payed more attention to the signs, but Layla was my main concern obviously 😉
A few more skulls comparing the modern Gorrila’s skulls, female and male, to a humans (far right)
Some Hippos soaking up the sun.
Some kind of Crane hanging out.
A gator pit with one in somewhat isolation from the rest with a crop 😉
Huge termite mound we were told by the safari driver.
Some grazing zebra/ something 🙂
A happy giraffe living large on the foliage.
We actually got much closer to another Giraffe seconds later. Check him out eating and smiling 🙂
Just barley saw this tiger as I was looking backward from the direction we were driving.
Another angle on the Tree of Life.
This lizard was hanging out in a tank in between park areas.
And I grabbed a few more birds on the way out of the park.
Thanks for checking out all the Animal Kingdom vacation photos, and stay tuned for more, including around the hotel and swimming pool, plus some sea world photos!! Beyond that I have the Nex-3n, 20mm prime e-mount lens, and the 18-200mm power zoom lens all on the way to the Lab.
A few News and Deal links
- Sigma also officially announced the new 60mm E-Mount macro Lens and it’s available for pre-order in silver or black for $239 US @ BHPhoto >>
- 1st generation Sigma 19 and 30mm E-Mount Lens Bundle Deal for $199 @ BHPhoto >>
- Save Big with Sony Nex Camera System Bundles @ BHPhoto | Amazon
- My Sony Nex E-Mount Lens Guide has a new quick reference link chart!! Check it out Here >>
- Tamron also announced a new 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens for the Sony A-Mount, and is available for $1299 US @ BHPhoto >>
- Bower has a $200 off deal on the popular 24mm f/1.4 lens for the Sony A-Mount. $499 $ BHPhoto >>
Good times ahead, and please feel free to leave comments or ask questions at anytime 😉
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