Canon 1D Mark IV, 200mm, 1/1250, f/4.5, ISO 500
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
For a wildlife image to stand out it either has to be technically perfect or the content has to pretty spectacular. Then you get those images where the content is, well, ordinary and the technical quality is ok but – and it’s a big but – the image still works.
For me, this particular lion image falls into that last category. We spent the entire morning with two large males and the combination of heavy mist, diffuced light and very active lions made for amazing wildlife photography.
At one point this male had just finished marking a tree when a break in the mist allowed a soft, diffused orange light to color his one side. It was some of the most strange natural light I have ever seen and a quick 360 degree view would have shown light ranging from pure sunlight to heavy, dark light. From a wildlife photography point of view it was awesome!!
This image is a great representation of what we saw on that morning and, even though I did think about it, I resisted the urge to brighten the image or ‘lift’ it more. Yes its a bit dark and yes, the colors are not as saturated as I could make them but this is how I remember the morning. Isn’t that what wildlife photography is all about?
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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