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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the Olifants West Game Reserve at the Singwe Lodge, South Africa.
We where on an afternoon game drive and came across a group of Lions, while this male Lion was still sleeping. As he was waking up we got the "stare". This shot was taken on the 11 August 2017 at 17:02.
On game drives like these, you have very little control over the lighting and have to make due with what is available. As this was close to sunset and the light had a nice golden hue.
This was shot with Canon 650D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. No other equipment was used.
I love nature and in particular the South African bush. It is a great privilege, having access to a game park like this. I have no particular animal that I prefer and whenever I take photos, I always try to capture the beauty of the subject.
The picture was taken in RAW and I used Photoshop Elements to process the image. Nothing more than the basic editing and cropping.
In my camera bag
In the bush I normally pack my camera (Canon 650D) and a EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 ISII EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ISII as well a EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Also in the bag I keep a spare battery, memory cards and cleaning gear.
There are many different ways to capture a beautiful image, however the first step is being there. On a game viewer vehicle, like the ones used in this reserve it is better to sit behind the driver, it is the lowest bench and gives you the best chance of shooting the animals at eye level. Always be prepared for a siting, constantly adjusting to the prevailing conditions. Then try and try again, small changes in the posture of the animal can make a big difference. Lastly enjoy what you are doing.

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