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The lion was a stock image! I think the biggest thing for a composite always comes down to lighting. Since the lioness was more backlit, I did the same for Roux. Then I made sure the rest of it was evenly lit and upped the clarity a bit so they matched. I also moved the lions pupil from the original image so it looked a bit more like the lion was looking towards her rather than past her!
Thank you so much for the feature!! I took this picture during golden hour and there was a little bit of a small sun glow from the right. I chose this spot, because I loved the light and tree bokeh. I used a speed light on my camera with a #magmod sphere (diffuser). The little guy was also leaning against a small crate. I used photoshop to remove the crate and to add more of a sun glow. I used a sun ray overlay and applied a Gaussian blur. The rest of my lost processing was done in Lightroom. I used a brush on the trees to decrease the clarity.
I used a tripod for this. My husband had actually just surprised me with it because I’d been propping my camera on tables, dressers, etc. I used my canon 6d with wifi and the app on my phone with a two-second timer. I set it up before rocking her to sleep and then waited patiently until she was out. This is one of my most treasured photos. The extra effort to get in the frame is so worth it! [My settings were] 1/250 f/3.2 iso 1000. We were facing a window. The base of the edit was Winter from the Solstice pack by @meg_nlo , which I love, especially for window-lit indoor photos.
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I’ll whip up a stack of pancakes for you straight away! 😉 This is shot with the Profoto A1 bounces off the wall camera left and a 24mm 1.4 lens. Getting down nice and low to the table makes that stack look even bigger and allows me to block most of his face so we are drawn straight into that cross eyed, ravenous gaze. Hope this helps!
I shot this at ISO3200, f2.8 and 1/200. To frame her, I shot through the tiny spaces that made up the walls around the room this beautiful mama was sitting in. I wanted to give a sense of the world revolving around mom and her new baby and I hope that comes across in the portrait.