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Dinosaurs Alive! Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

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More images from the life-sized dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Alive! at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo.  These are great for practicing wildlife photography technique.  They move very slowly and don’t require long telephoto lenses.  I treated these like any wildlife close up or environmental portrait, just without my usual long lenses.  In fact, most were shot between 16 and 70 mm on a full frame camera.  Lighting and exposure can be a little tricky because of the midday sun angle, but any modern dslr or mirrorless camera can recover highlights and pull out any shadow detail.  So if you can, shoot in RAW and you will end up with some pretty unusual images.

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Polar Bear, superman

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This Polar Bear at the Journey to Churchill in Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg had just dove in and continued by in a near perfect position.  I’ve patiently tried for this shot quite a few times, finally everything came together.  He almost looks like he could fly, just requires a photoshopped Superman cape.

A short visit to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Assiniboine Park

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The pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park.  I’m fortunate to live nearby and visit the park often.  It’s a great place for a variety of photography with the English Gardens, duck pond, and zoo also located in the park.  It’s also a favourite for our two dogs Fergus and Angus.

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The arbor, a popular location for exchanging wedding vows.

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A bonus shot of the thatched roof cottage in the English Garden.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg – a short interior photo tour

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A few interior shots of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in downtown Winnipeg, included are some of the amazing architecture and exhibit areas.  Highly recommended if you find yourself in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Alabaster stone walkways

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Exhibit spaces

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Polar Bears swimming underwater at the Journey to Churchill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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This is without a doubt one of the most memorable things i’ve ever seen.  Regardless of your personal views on wildlife kept in captivity, the Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg is an amazing facility.  In collaberation with The International Polar Bear Centre also located at Winnipeg’s zoo it allows visitors a chance to view Polar Bears in a very unique way.  This is Kaska an orphaned female relocated from Churchill, Manitoba after her mother was shot and killed.

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Shooting through the thick curved plexiglass and the variety of lighting and reflections is very tricky, but with a fast indoor lens and a little experimentation I managed a few keepers.  Images were high iso, grainy and pretty soft through the glass and water, even the best autofocus systems have trouble through 6-8 inches of curved plexiglass, but it’s more about the moment than technical perfection.

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Visitors viewing Kaska

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For a brief period we watched two bears play under the water.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights at night, Winnipeg

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Finally got a chance to photograph the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at night after concentrating on travel images from Eastern Canada.  Amazing building and look forward to more detailed interior shots at some point.

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