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I struggled with the correct lighting for this photo a lion sleeps by a tree whilst the Zebra approach very closely .
If I lighten the photo it takes the story away, as I like the other animals in the very background.
Also the natural colours.
How could I improve on this picture please.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:100.0 - 400.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 157.3 - 629.1 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Feb 2013 - 3:45 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.161319
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The lion sleeps tonight
Username:tarkalove tarkalove
Uploaded:26 Jun 2014 - 1:53 PM
Tags:Lion Africa low light image, Wildlife / nature
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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11532 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom40 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2014 - 2:52 PM

Hi Sandra - not an easy lighting condition by any means, and I think you've done very well indeed to get this shot at all without turning everything in the lower half of the image into complete silhouette. The sunset tones in the sky are lovely and delicate and it would be a shame to lose them, as you say in your description.

Depending on your post processing software, you could try selecting just the foreground and then applying an exposure adjustment layer, then increase the exposure in that area alone. That would lighten the foreground and bring out more detail in the lion and the zebras, without affecting the delicate tones of the sky area. (That's Photoshop though, and I don't know if other software packages like Elements or others offer that same layer masking technique?)

Whatever you use, there should be a way of selecting just that lower half and brightening it up a bit to bring out more detail.

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
26 Jun 2014 - 4:29 PM

great shot did they not see her. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2014 - 5:14 PM

One of those special natural world shots

Adrian

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2014 - 2:31 PM

I like it as it is, makes me really look for a change, wonderful capture in all respects,
Geoff.

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