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Nostroboy July 03, 2018
Very good hey !
 
Bwolff July 06, 2018
This deserves more awards
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Tysondv Jan 05
Appreciate it!

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Another shot taken in Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania.
Another shot taken in Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in Ngorogoro Crater in Tanzania while out on a safari.
Time
I remember waking up that morning very early as we had a big day ahead of us. When we arrived at the entrance to the park, it had just begun to get light out. I remember waiting in the car as our pass was getting sorted out. There were baboons running around everywhere outside (a good reason to stay inside) and before long, one jumped onto the hood of our car. Being ignorant in our understanding of the character of these creatures we attempted to scare him (very obviously a male) off the hood. He decided he didn't like that I suppose. His response was to look us in the eye, then pee in front of us multiple times, while still on the car. Anyway, we eventually got on our way and made started our way through the crater. This shot was taken a couple hours before noon I believe.
Lighting
The sun was not yet quite directly overhead at the time, creating a just enough highlights and shadows to add to his majesty.
Equipment
I took this lens with a my Canon 70D and my 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. Always a favored combination while wildlife shooting.
Inspiration
A lion needs no other inspiration other than itself, does it?
Editing
I don't tend to do much heavy processing- at some point the photo needs to speak for itself in my opinion. However, aside from a little cropping and color correction, a favored method of mine is to layer vignettes, a technique I employed here. This process allows you to subtly suck the audience in toward the subject, making your area of focus more pronounced.
In my camera bag
I'm a fairly new photographer, and therefore my equipment is somewhat limited. I use my canon 70D body and the two kit lenses that came with it- a 75-300mm f/4-5.6 and a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Recently I just added to my repertoire a 50mm 1.4 prime lens which has really started to take some of my shots to the next level. Despite the flack it gets in reviews, I still love my 75-300mm. It can be painful to work with for sure, but I have gotten almost all of my best shots with it. Though primarily being a wildlife photographer, I may be a little biased.
Feedback
My advice is to visualize the kind of shot you want before you take it. This is key in wildlife shooting. Admittedly, the animals and the setting do most of the work for you and sometimes there is often little you can do to adjust your position or come back and shoot at a different time. You just get dealt a hand and have to work with what nature offers you. However, what separates the mediocre from the excellent is knowing what you are trying to create and being patient enough to wait for the right moment where the stars align, then you get that fantastic shot you were looking for. But this means that you actually have to know the shot you are waiting for.

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