Early on I learned that photographing wildlife was a great way to practice. You have to be quick on your feet because the lighting, positioning and opportunity are always changing and in a blink of an eye you can easily miss “the shot” so you have to be ready.
I have always enjoyed going to zoos when possible. Even during work trips, if there was a zoo near by you bet I would figure out a way to go see it. When I lived in San Diego I was fortunate enough to work as a photographer for the San Diego Zoo. I would spend hours after work going around to the exhibits taking pictures. I also had rare opportunities that were not given to the public to photograph certain wildlife outside of their enclosures. It was definitely an exciting job… And boy could I tell you some interesting stories.