Photographer Tiona Reed calls her colorful collection of animal pictures "At The Zoo." The zoo is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"Meerkats are funny and social creatures," she said, "so it wasn't hard finding this pair. It's good to know the characteristics of animals so you know what to expect when taking pictures of them."
"The giraffes were friendly," said Tiona, "and allowed you to get close and pet them as long as you had food in your hand.
I often see pictures of the full body giraffe, but I wanted to see the actual eye and face structure, so I zoomed in and caught it before the giraffe moved."
She said her picture of the wallaby was sort of a lucky shot. "It was standing next to the wall when I was walking by and not thinking much about it," she said. "I just snapped the shot and this is what I got. Sometimes luck will be by your side, but don't count on it."
Tiona said it took patience getting the shot of the lion. "Because of course you can't tell a lion to pose," she said. "It was also difficult finding the right angle to avoid glare from the glass. Overall patience, patience, patience." "I am a beginner photographer," said Tiona. "I've been taking pictures for less than a year using the outdoors and my family as test subjects."
"I really like to photograph people," said Tiona, "and individual aspects of the outdoors such as flowers, animals etc. There's plenty of that here in Colorado."
Tiona wants to get into a studio, "....to start working with lighting instead of relying solely on natural light," she said.
Her camera is a Sony a330. "I shot in automatic the whole time," she said. "I had the lens zoomed at 200mm, and was hand-holding the camera.
Tiona said, "I like photography because it is capturing something beautiful or even not so pretty and making it even better. It gives my mind a way to express its creativity on my own time in my own way." "I'm still new at this," she said, "so no real advice to pass on but to do your research on animals or whatever it is you like to take pictures of, even child behavior. It helps."