It’s not about making a bad picture look good, but making a good picture look better!
One of my favorite settings to shoot in is Monochrome, especially if you don’t have a lot of light to work with but enough to get a good quality shot.
Here we were tracking these magnificent cats for about an hour before finding them resting on a beautiful flat rock that was nice and open. Lions love sleeping on rocks in the winter as the rocks keep them warm for longer.
This photo was taken of one of our resident pride members. He is just over 14 months old and at that stage where he seeks out one of the other pride members to go and harass while they are sleeping. It didn’t take long before one of the adult females let out a big growl and put him in his place. He then lay down not too far away from us, looking straight past us at some vultures that were flying past.
- Camera – Canon 66D
- Lens and Focal Length – Sigma 150 – 600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS
Settings used to capture this image
- ISO 800 – I used a bit of a high ISO for a day time shot but there was a lot of cloud cover so had to push my ISO up a bit to try and get my shutter speed higher.
- Aperture f5.6 – I got the minimum f stop out of my lens as I was at 361mm which I was happy with because the lion’s eyes were in focus and the background nice and blurred.
- Shutter 1/400 sec – There wasn’t a lot of movement from the young lion at that time and my lens was resting on my door so had a nice steady shot.
Editing used on this image
I used a bit more than usual clarity in this photo just to try and get more of his mane to stand out. I then pushed up my shadows to +20 just to try and get rid of that small shadow on his eyes.