Into The Darkness

As a photographer one is always looking for ways to try out different techniques and putting new ideas into play. With this image I had the opportunity to do exactly that.

Rim lighting can often give an extremely powerful effect if used correctly. It can be done in numerous ways with the use of a light source positioned behind the subject. The light source can be a spotlight at different angles, the use of the rising or setting sun behind the subject, or an off camera flash.

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We were following the Southern Pride of lions one evening when I had the opportunity to use the spotlight from another vehicle to create a rim lighting effect around the lions. I went up ahead of the pride and waited for them to approach the Land Rover. As they came over a small rise, the spotlight from the other vehicle was right behind the lions and at a very low angle. I already had my camera on my usual night settings, but had to make a quick adjustment due to the brighter light coming from straight behind the lions. Using my Nikon D3s and my Nikkor 200-400mm f4 lens, manual mode at night, I set my camera to f5.6, ISO 3200 and a shutter speed of 1/250sec.

This created a golden halo around the pride and I took the opportunity to quickly take a few pictures before the spotlight came into the frame. This gave the image a very majestic feel and the effect of us entering the lion’s nocturnal world.

Stay focused

Darred Joubert

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