Male Lion





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jacksonkismet August 21, 2017
Love the expression in his face!
rubenheintjens August 25, 2017
He is posing so beautiful

Behind The Lens

This picture was taken in Pairi Daisa in Belgium. Pairi Daisa is a really big zoo in belgium with a lot of space for the animals to move around.
This was in the late afternoon. I was on my way to the exit as I passed the lake (on the other side was the lions exibit) and saw this lion laying down proudly.
The bright midday light was gone and I hat some softer afternoon light. This in combination with some shade creates a nicely balanced picture in my opinion.
This was shot on my Canon EOS 1300D and the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD macro (pretty old lens but did an amazing job here).
At a zoo the animals are not always in a great position to take pictures. This because of other people visible, fences and other non-natural elements. When I saw this lion in his beautiful pose and with a background that was not occupied with people,… I had to take the picture. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time and then maximizing the present circumstances.
The edit was pretty simple: Adding a bit of brightness, some contrast and saturation.
In my camera bag
I have my Canon EOS 1300D,SanDisk extreme Pro 64gb memory card, Canon 18-55mm(kit lens), Canon 50mm f1.8, Canon 300mm f4 L (I didn't have this at the time and if I did this picture would be taken with it), Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 DI LD macro. Then I also carry a Amazon Basics speedlite with mini softbox, a manfrotto monopod an pixi mini tripod and some cleaning cloth for lenses.
The best advice is to be patient and wait for the animals to be where you want them and for other people to be out of your way. Also try to see what animals are going to do. If you see that they are getting ready to jump or something like that you need to be ready because these things are rare.

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