Lion Kill – The Morning After

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A young lion (Panthera leo) tucks into the remnants of a buffalo taken in the hunt during the previous evening. Mana Pools, during the latter part of 2011, witnessed a high incidence of lion kills, with buffalo bearing much of the brunt. The kill was seen by the photographer the previous evening and remained a fascination for many hours. This shot could have been a lot better… the available light was poor and stepping up the ISO only introduced noise. Attempting a hand held shot at 1/40 sec. is a questionable practice too… the image could have been far sharper.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/40sec; ISO-1250; 175mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
There is a view that great nature photography composition should be kept as simple as possible and the subject of the image be well placed in the frame and be without other image clutter detracting from the subject. Clearly, this is where a narrow depth of field will come into play. The bush is full of distracting clutter and it is difficult to change your view point in the wildlife environment, so use a wider f-stop to blur out unwanted clutter. More importantly take several shots at different f-stops.