One of the more frustrating aspects of photographing wildlife at a zoo or a safari park is the intrusion of cages, fences and other paraphernalia. Of course, these things are there to keep us safe, but from a photographer’s point of view they distract from the image. What to do when you can’t avoid the fencing? Make the most of it!
In the case of these tigers at Knowsley Safari Park the fence completely surrounded the enclosure – there was no way to get a shot of the tigers without getting the fence too. The only solution was to shoot through the fence. I took a lot of shots with the tigers at various distances from the fence, but found that this shot had just enough fence to blend with the tiger stripes. It’s obvious that the tiger is not in the wild, but the context of the fence doesn’t distract as it’s sufficiently out of focus.
It’s not as striking as a true wild life portrait, but it does accurately portray the location and the animal.