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Western Lowland Gorilla



Western Lowland Gorilla. This guy is one of my favourite gorillas. I love his wildness.

Western Lowland Gorilla. This guy is one of my favourite gorillas. I love his wildness.
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acglock February 15, 2017
Magnificent!
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wildpainter February 15, 2017
Thanks Anita, I have a bit of a passion for gorillas. Had a wonderful wild experience with a group in Rwanda.
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stuartwadeson July 29, 2017
Brilliant capture of a fabulous creature
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wildpainter July 29, 2017
Thanks Stuart! I love his attitude.

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Behind The Lens

Location
Whilst the overwhelming majority of my shots are taken in the wild this photograph was taken in the Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne Zoo is one of the worlds best for its treatment of the creatures. My zoo encounters was one of the catalysts for traveling to Africa to see them in the wild and my ongoing passionate environmental activism.
Time
Taken at 2:24pm. In terms of lighting, not considered to be an ideal time.
Lighting
As the light was high in the sky it enhanced the face with deep shade around the eyes and under the chin with high contrast with areas catching the sun. In my opinion, it made this gorilla shot even more powerful.
Equipment
Shot handheld with a Canon 7D, 100-400 is USM, set at 400mm, 1600 ISO, 1/125 at f/5.6.
Inspiration
The powerful pose enhancing the wild nature of this wonderful gorilla.
Editing
I did my preliminary processing, conversion to B&W and final adjustments in Lightroom. I opened the image in Photoshop to mask and drop out the background. Contrast +32 Whites +25 Blacks -12 Clarity +48 Some minor cropping
In my camera bag
I am a Wildlife Artist and Photographer I chose the 7D for the extra magnification on the crop sensor. My carry on camera bag for travels weighs 14kg. It contains all my essential Camera gear including laptop, card reader, chargers, hard drives, and cables. Shooting with a Canon 7D and 7D Mark11, 100-400 1:4.5-5.6 L IS 11 USM. & 24-105 1:4. I have added a LUMIX DMX-TZ110 for grab shots, panoramas, and video
Feedback
Zoos offer opportunities to photograph exotic wildlife without the traveling overseas. It can be difficult to capture the wildness of captive creatures. Bored and disinterested creatures don't make good subjects for photography. Good observation and being quick on the shutter can produce great images. The condition of animals in the wild contrasts markedly to animals in captivity.

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