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picture-this January 17, 2016
brilliant
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jlappen March 30, 2017
What a capture. Love, love, love this. Incredible.

Pride of White lions.



Pride of White Lions.
Pride of White Lions.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken during a photo day at the Big Cat WHF Smarden, Kent, England on a warm day in June. I remember the day when I took this shot as it was a beautiful warm sunny day, the grass was long and the light quite hard (11am in the morning) wildlife shots do not necessarily require soft light, natural bright light allows use of high shutter speeds with low ISO and room to adjust the aperture to capture that effective depth of field.
Time
I remember the day when I took this shot as it was a beautiful warm sunny day, the grass was long and the light quite hard (11am in the morning) wildlife shots do not necessarily require soft light,
Lighting
The light quite hard (11am in the morning) wildlife shots do not necessarily require soft light, natural bright light allows use of high shutter speeds with low ISO and room to adjust the aperture to capture that effective depth of field.
Equipment
My setup for this shoot comprised, Nikon 810D with one of my favourite lenses Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 (fast accurate focus) my preference was to hand hold the camera which allows versatility and shooting at the animals eye level.
Inspiration
I preference when shooting wildlife is to aways look for something extra, thing may be a gesture, action, composition or similar. This is what turns a boring shot into something special. In this instance I immediately noticed the way the lions were lying, I was fortunate to be able to position myself so that I could capture all three lions at once, though I had to patiently wait for the lions to position their heads in a balanced manor which would do justice to the shot.
Editing
Yes, I modified the background on the rear right as it was out of balance with the image as a whole. Typical photoshop mods using clone brush to balance background gravel and hedging.
In my camera bag
My camera bag varies in size dependant upon my specific needs, as I like to play with many aspects of photography. This is simply due to the weight and making the day enjoyable rather than a task of labour. Landscape and night photography (Nikon D810 with 20mm prime Nikkor lense and Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod, or lightweight Sony RX1R inc 35mm fixed prime lenses with carbon fibre travel tripod. Field wildlife Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-500mm telephoto lens. again I look for something to rest the lens upon as I like to get down low. Captive wildlife Nikon D810 but with Nikkor 70-200mm lens.
Feedback
It's fun to get wet and dirty, though any photographer with a little sense should carry a dog boot mat or similar in their bag, which avoids laying in poo or ants nest or on wet and muddy ground. Get down low as this is no longer a dominant position and reflects to true power of the animal that you wish to capture. Animals are more active during the dawn and dust periods, get out there.

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