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lion portrait, loved the dark contrast of light and darkness

lion portrait, loved the dark contrast of light and darkness
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13 Comments | Report
maryannwest
 
maryannwest December 08, 2019
Outstanding and moody.
Kinchphotography
 
Kinchphotography July 01, 2020
great photo!
lxzz990llx
 
lxzz990llx October 29, 2021
nice
SpectrumImages
 
SpectrumImages October 29, 2021
Captured his emotion perfectly
cheriewellman
 
cheriewellman January 17, 2022
That's amazing
DuggerZ_Photoz
 
DuggerZ_Photoz January 27, 2022
GREAT SHOT, I'D LIKE TO SEE A BIT MORE DETAIL IN THE SHADOWS
crystalpeitz
 
crystalpeitz February 14, 2022
Impressive and terrifying, at the same time.
Chilliman1975
 
Chilliman1975 July 14, 2022
Wow! This picture tells so many stories! Love it!
andywhite_4513
 
andywhite_4513 July 24, 2022
Your photo is Bad Ass 😎😎😎πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
daughtermomphotos
 
daughtermomphotos September 18, 2022
i love your pictures
danielledaves
 
danielledaves September 28, 2022
This photo has moved me in ways no other photo ever has. Thank you for this a hundred ways over.
Hugomarin1994
 
Hugomarin1994 October 13, 2022
This picture is amazing !
DAsEye PRO+
 
DAsEye Sep 06
Wow!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa. Being very close to the lion and at eye level rather than shooting down was what i really wanted.
Time
This was taken closer to sunset but the golden hour hasn't settled yet creating a strong light from the side building that shadow
Lighting
To be honest, the original shot was taken through a fence. At first i looked at the photo in lightroom and didn't like it... Till i started playing with the contrast and exposure. The end result is what you see here
Equipment
Canon 5d mark iii 70-200mm no flash or tripod used
Inspiration
I love big cats and being at a big cat sanctuary was an amazing experience to get close with the beautiful animals. While seeing them in the wild is an even greater experience, you often do not get as close. On the other hand, shooting through a fence has its own challenges and downsides.
Editing
I ended up with using lightroom to change contrast and exposure and obviously taken out the saturation. I always set my camera to black and white modus despite shooting in raw. Meaning once I export the images to Lightroom they are back in colour and sometimes I even keep them that way in the end. However with Black and White you look at different contrasts in the image so it does help to see the images directly that way.
In my camera bag
Canon 5d mark iii and mark ii ,24-70mm or 16-35mm. My trusted 70-200mm 2.8 is a MUST on all my shoots. On safari I further add my 400mm f5.6 (while not as fast as the 2.8 it is a very light lens that one can easily carry around or even use handheld with ease). On top of that I love my 300mm f2.8. While the mark i is still a very heavy lens, it is still super sharp and 300mm is enough for most wildlife.
Feedback
Shooting at eye level is key, this makes the image more personal. Getting close to the object helps, if with a zoom or by physically being close. Last but not least, play around with the settings in post production. Move the sliders from one extrem to the other and see how it impacts your image. Sometimes an OK image can become something special to you

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