The photographer simply loves this shot of a young lion (Panthera leo) nibbling on the rib cage of a buffalo, killed by the pride the night before. This scene is almost one of gluttony… the little fellow had a stomach bulging with buffalo meat and appears to have taken this position with the carcass to protect it from gathering scavengers.
(Canon 50D; f/8; 1/100sec; ISO-400; 105mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Be careful about zooming in too much with your composition in the field. Take a bit more of the background into the frame than perhaps your best composure suggests. This will provide you with a little more flexibility back in the studio for cropping to the perfectly composed image. Remember too, that by reducing the focal distance you may be capturing the image closer to the lens’ sweet spot, aperture depending (stopping down a couple of stops from the lens’ maximum aperture always provides for sharper images).