Nikon D300, 300mm, 1/1250, f/5.3, ISO 400
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
In this post I wrote about photographers who do not like to sit with lions because it is (apparently) more exciting to watch paint dry.
The above image was taken during exactly such as sighting. These two big males were chilling in the shade and we decided to sit with them for the afternoon. The real goal was to hear them roaring as the sun set down but also to wait and see if we could not get interesting portrait or interaction images.
The lighting was a bit of a problem, and not exactly ideal, as the closest lion was in the shade and the late afternoon light was beginning to fall on the guy in the back but when they both started sitting up right we had to try and get some shots.
This image is a great example of how you can use depth of field creatively to help you tell your story. If I had both the big cats in focus your gaze would have jumped around between the two but with only one in focus the story is clear – it’s a story about a lion with his brother never too far away.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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