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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Protector

It's very hard to shoot HDR photography of people or animals. The natural movement that occurs between frames causes ghosting. (stay tuned for an upcoming blog discussing how to resolve the 'ghosting' problem). As such, i decided not to tonemap this image. This is NOT an HDR image. Instead all of the post processing work was done in Photoshop CS5 and Topaz.  I couldn't risk missing this shot by taking the 5 frames necessary for HDR shooting because the moment was so perfect. This was taken at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, where there is an incredible lion/lioness exhibit. The lioness had cubs about 7 months ago, so we saw the entire pride functioning as a family. I feel that this picture is a perfect depiction of the core dynamics of a lion's pride...the mother lioness is in the background cleaning (licking) her cub while the father lion is guarding his  family, walking back and forth in front of their living space. It was amazing to watch.

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