Male Lion in the Tall Grass – Visualizing the Image before Taking the Picture

February 13, 2014 Chas Glatzer Lion | Unique Safaris

I came across this male lion, part of a huge pride consisting of 20 or more individuals hiding in tall grass. When the lions started to move I had our guide reposition the vehicle far enough ahead of the pride so that we could get images of the male walking through the tall grass. I positioned myself in the lower front seat at the subject’s eye level, which provided a more a more intimate view from the lion’s perspective. I chose a long focal length and large f/stop to emphasize the lion from the surrounding grass.

Tip: be pro-active and not re-active. Visualize the image in your mind and decide on the tools and techniques necessary to capture the image before depressing the shutter. You will find that your photography will be more successful.

This image was converted to B&W and colorized using NIK Silver Effex Pro 2, Color Effex Pro 4, with a texture screen applied for effect.

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About Charles Glatzer

Since founding Shoot The Light in the mid-nineties, Chas has cemented his place in the world as one of the top wildlife photographers working today. His dynamic and inspirational teaching has also made him one of the most sought after educators and speakers in his field. The depth and diversity of his background make him truly exceptional in the world of wildlife photography.

Prior to Shoot The Light, his illustrious career had already included work in portraits, weddings, advertising, catalog and product, editorial reportage, professional sports, and underwater photography.

His diverse work experience of over 31 years as a professional photographer provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource.

Chas’ work has been celebrated internationally with over 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition, and attention to detail and have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Parks, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, Birder’s World, Birding, Nature Photographer, EOS, Digital PhotoPro, and many more.

As an accomplished natural history and keynote speaker, Chas has presented at many prestigious events including Explorer’s Club NYC, Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Fuji Professional, Mid-Atlantic Photo Expo, NANPA, ASMP, CNPA, GNPA, and PPA. He also continues to serve on many judges’ panels for both national and international photographic competitions.

Chas’ current Canon equipment includes multiple 1DX bodies, 5D3 body, 16-35, 24-70 II, 70-200 f/2.8 II, 300 f/2.8IS II, 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, 600IS II, multiple 600EX-RT flashes, 1.4x III and 2x III converters, extension tubes, and more.

When not behind the camera or computer, Chas can be found on the river fly fishing near his home in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.


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