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6 Comments |
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn August 11, 2014
I can see why it was staff favorite. #beautifulcapture
kasper Ultimate
 
kasper August 11, 2014
congrats. Well done.
sofiadeleon
 
sofiadeleon August 12, 2014
BEAUTIFUL
LNSphotography
 
LNSphotography August 13, 2014
Amazing!! What a beautiful photo as well.
vsidles Platinum
 
vsidles August 20, 2015
Amazing shot!
Mascot001
 
Mascot001 March 10, 2019
Superb!!!!
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photo at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. They have peacocks that sort of wander around the zoo and when I spotted this guy, I just had to pull out my camera.

Time

This photo was taken mid-morning after we had been at the zoo for a while.

Lighting

I was fortunate as we found him in a shaded area, which really gave the soft light look I wanted for him. Harsh shadows just wouldn't do him justice.

Equipment

I used my Nikon D7000 for this shot. I'm pretty sure I was using my 70-300 lens because he wouldn't let me get too close!

Inspiration

He was so gorgeous I just had to get some photos of him. I have more of him, showing his whole tail which includes a big white heart. But I wanted something different from all the other peacock photos you see, so I got closer to get more of a headshot, framed against his own majestic tail feathers. I was fortunate in that he was not a fan of my niece's stroller and anytime it moved, he would ruffle his feathers and put them higher. Thankfully, we didn't have to move the stroller toward him, even moving it away from him had this effect.

Editing

I kept it pretty simple with processing, some minor sharpening to really help the details POP!

In my camera bag

I typically carry my D7000, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm primes. I also have my SB500 and Parapop for when I want to do something a bit more complicated with lighting.

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Do something different! Everyone has photos of peacocks with their feathers up, showing off all of their splendor. In this case, I did something unexpected. Whether you play with angles, lighting, whatever, do something that makes the photo yours!

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