Disney Vacation, Nex-6, 55-210mm lens – The Animal Kingdom

For this series of Photos from out Disney Family Vacation, I used my Nex-6 and the 55-210mm E-Mount Lens. The extra focal length of the SEL55210 was definitely needed for the Animal Kingdom as most animals were pretty far away, and the 18-55mm standard kit lens is not enough zoom. I really wanted to get close-ups of the animals and zoom in for some nice detail shots as you will see below πŸ˜‰ This is the third series of photos from the trip, so be sure to check out the other two by selecting the home button, or looking at the related articles just below this post.

All I brought into the Animal Kingdom park was the Nex-6, the sel55210mm lens, a 16gig sandisk extreme memory card, and an extra battery. As it turns out the combo worked out great for what I wanted to capture.

The Animal kingdom is one of the newer parks at Disney World and I have never been there before. What they have going on is basically an awesome zoo with the Disney magic thrown in wherever possible. They have a pretty awesome safari attraction that was a blast and we saw a ton of animals in what looked to be a natural habitat I must say. They also had a rapids ride my Dad and I went on which was short, but fun.

I ended up purchasing the 55-210mm lens as I really wanted it, and this trip justified the purchase in my mind. If your a regular reader you may remember me saying I wanted this lens for my personal collection many times, but just couldn’t afford it. Happy day, I finally own the sel55210 πŸ™‚ I absolutely love that it’s in my camera bag now with the sel1855, and sel16f28 lenses plus the Minolta 50mm f/1.4 Mc Rokkor PG Lens I’m still trying to find time to play with.

Just so you know, I shot only in raw quality for all these photos and did some enhancements in Adobe Lightroom 4.  If you want to see how I enhance the Sony Nex-6  raw files using Lightroom 4, be sure to check out the Lightroom Tutorials Categories Here >>

I also used Aperture Priority mode, Auto ISO, Auto WB, Area Focus, and average metering 95% of the time. I did use exposure comp a few times and shutter priority mode for a few high speed shots you will see in another article soon.

The Animal Kingdom

On the way into the park we had a very funny driver who was cracking jokes about the driver making an amazing U-Turn with the tram train. Love the sel55210 lens for portraits like this!

Be sure to click on these photos for the larger versions!

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 111mm, f.5.6, 1/1000sec, ISO 100

The entrance sign was pretty impressive I thought.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/800sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/800sec, ISO 100

The Tree of Life is the main symbol of the park so I will start with that. More from the other side of the tree later on in the series πŸ˜‰ Incredible sculpture work as the tree appears to have all the animals from the park on it if you look close!

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/1000sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/1000sec, ISO 100

First place we ended up coming to in our travels thru the park was Africa.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 100

Some talented gentleman were out playing instruments and we stopped to watch for a few minutes as it sounded pretty cool!

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 183mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 183mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 100
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/640sec, ISO 100
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 250
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 250

Moving on to thru the park we came across some lazy lizard, and some kind of monkey that looked like a skunk!

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 177mm, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO 3200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 177mm, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO 3200
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 2000
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 2000

Next we went through an exhibit that had some birds, fish, and an old Hippo skull hanging out for viewing.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 161mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 1000
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 161mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 1000
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 1600
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 1600

Layla loves fish tanks.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 3200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 3200


Here’s a snapshot my wife Michel took of myself and Layla getting in on the action at the fish tank viewing area πŸ™‚

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 250
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 250

Check out the funny little guy. I think it’s a prairie dog or something like that. Should have payed more attention to the signs, but Layla was my main concern obviously πŸ˜‰

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 200
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 200

A few more skulls comparing the modern Gorrila’s skulls, female and male, to a humans (far right)

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 59mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 1600
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 59mm, f/4.5, 1/100sec, ISO 1600

Safari Ride

Some Hippos soaking up the sun.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 320
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 320

Some kind of Crane hanging out.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 188mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 160
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 188mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 160

A gator pit with one in somewhat isolation from the rest with a crop πŸ˜‰

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/500sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/500sec, ISO 100

Huge termite mound we were told by the safari driver.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 127mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 127mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 100

Some grazing zebra/ something πŸ™‚

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 250
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 250

A happy giraffe living large on the foliage.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 640
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 640

We actually got much closer to another Giraffe seconds later. Check him out eating and smiling πŸ™‚

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 100
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 100

Just barley saw this tiger as I was looking backward from the direction we were driving.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 320
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/800sec, ISO 320


Another angle on the Tree of Life.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/400sec, ISO 100
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/400sec, ISO 100

This lizard was hanging out in a tank in between park areas.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/80sec, ISO 3200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/80sec, ISO 3200

And  I grabbed a few more birds on the way out of the park.

Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 3200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 3200
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 198mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 1250
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 198mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO 1250
_Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 149mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 400
_Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 149mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 400
Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 3200
Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Sony Nex-6 @ 210mm, f/6.3, 1/400sec, ISO 3200

Closing Remarks

Thanks for checking out all the Animal Kingdom vacation photos, and stay tuned for more, including around the hotel and swimming pool, plus some sea world photos!! Beyond that I have the Nex-3n, 20mm prime e-mount lens, and the 18-200mm power zoom lens all on the way to the Lab.

Good times ahead, and please feel free to leave comments or ask questions at anytime πŸ˜‰
Jay

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