Photographing Busch Gardens with my 50mm Lens…

by Janice

The only lens I brought for the day was my 50mm…

I didn’t want to be weighed down by my camera bag, so I chose my 50mm lens and popped my Canon 40D in my purse and headed out for my day at Busch Gardens, courtesy of SeaWorld. It was Day 2 of the Manta Media Day, and SeaWorld sent Gwen Bell, Joel Longtine and me to experience Busch Gardens. (The rest of the group who were still in town headed off to Discovery Cove, but since I had already reviewed Discovery Cove in February, they sent me to Busch Gardens.)

I was concerned about my lens decision as we headed to the park – would I be able to get close enough to the animals to get intimate shots? Should I have brought a telephoto zoom lens?

But as soon as I got into the park, I knew my 50mm would do the job perfectly. Busch Gardens is an intimate experience — perfect for animal portraiture.








My favorite part of our trip was the interactive safari, where we got to feed and pet the giraffes.
busch-gardens-giraffe-tongue-eatingRiding on the back of a truck, we drove through the park, and the giraffes came to us, nuzzling us for food and attention. I simply must come back and have my kids experience the exhilaration of feeding and petting giraffes! It is incredible.

When my son saw the pictures of my feeding the giraffes, he was more than jealous. “You got to feed giraffes! Not fair!”

busch-gardens-amusementThe juxtaposition of wildlife and amusement park made for more than just intriguing photos. It was fascinating to see such contrasting worlds peacefully coexisting.

At Busch Gardens you can play, learn, interact and experience — with hard core fun laced through all of it. My only regret is that I don’t live in Orlando, so my family could have the chance to enjoy the park over and over again.

P.S. You can see more of my Busch Gardens photos at Flickr and if you missed my SeaWorld shots from the Manta Media Day, you can view them at Flickr too.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-Founder, Janice Croze.
Thanks to IZEA and SeaWorld for sponsoring this media trip.

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1 Erica June 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I love the one of the lemur just sitting and chilling…like he’s saying, ‘sup. Too cute! Great shots btw….some day I’ll have as cool of a camera as yours. It’ll be on my birthday/Christmas list this year. :)


2 Jessica June 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I want to go to a zoo without my kiddos so I can photograph the animals!! :)
My brother is coming this summer, so maybe he’ll walk to boys around the zoo and I can photograph stuff!
You got some great shots – and it IS fun feeding giraffes! Two of the zoos I have been to let you pay to do it… it’s a few dollars for a small amount of lettuce, but the experience is pretty fun and my 2 year old enjoyed it :)


3 Susan June 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Tell Jackson, that Auntie is jealous too!


4 Kathy C. June 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Those are beautiful photos. We are “Floridians”, and though we live 2.5 hrs from Busch, it is really our favorite park to visit. Glad you had a fun time!


5 Sweet Serendipity June 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Wow! Those are amazing photos. I love giraffes :D


6 kristin June 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

The photos are fantastic. I absolutely love my 50mm lens. It’s such a treat. I’ll be back soon for more:)



7 Mary June 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Great pictures!

Maybe you can help me…my husband and I are going to Orlando in two weeks. Just us, not our daughter – it’s for our anniversary. We can either go to Sea World OR Busch Gardens – which do you recommend??? (Thanks!!)


8 melanie June 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

Those photos are fantastic!! I am jealous you got to feed and pet the giraffes. They are my favorite animal. Bush Gardens looks like an amazing place.


9 Christina June 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Those are great shots. We have a Busch Gardens close by in Galveston. I’d really love to visit with the kids this summer.


10 Liz June 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Those are great pictures! I especially love the first one, the close up of the giraffe’s eye. I can actually see your reflection in his eye…so cool! :)

I use a 50mm 1.4 and LOVE it!


11 Dawn June 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Those are fantastic pictures…I love photographing animals…Those make me want to go see them all.


12 Heather June 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Really gorgeous photos! Nice work!


13 Casual Friday Every Day June 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Beautiful shots! I adore the turtle!



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