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Lion Cub - extreme conditions

By philhomer  
Hmmm, an image i am still 'proud' of to some extent but also one that i should have captured better - does make me realise that either i am now a better tutor than i was a student, or that i am simply a better tutor than my own mentor.

Here, the conditions forced me to decide - do i settle for an image with noise (3200 ISO) or simply not take the image?

In a controlled environment where it could be repeated the following day / week / month then that is not a massive issue but here with a potential 'once in a lifetime' opportunity - and this being the very first sighting of a lion, let alone a cub, on
our very first game drives i determined that a bit of noise may be acceptable. Here the shutter is technically too slow for the lens focal length, and i would say a little slow for most wildlife - so that was a bit of a gamble.

Of course if i had been tutored marginally more in depth i would have dropped my EC to gain a better speed rather than risk blur, or even then used that additional speed to drop the ISO to 1600 to reduce noise.

Tags: Africa Lion Kenya Lion cub Wildlife and nature

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15 Jan 2013 9:26AM
A lovely picture however you took it! My husband would understand all the tech bits - but if mine is in focus that's considered a bonus!!!

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15 Jan 2013 9:58AM
A superb shot and as you I ponder the best techniques or do I get the shot.....The eyes are very sharp and the rest gives a sense of movement which is in keeping with a lion cub. The composition is excellent and I would be so pleased to have got this one. Cute, cuddly and in the bag..........very well done

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