Portrait of a Baboon
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1/400s @ f/5.6, ISO 400, 280mm (+1.4x), Shutter Priority, Flash, Handheld
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Portrait of a Baboon is very reminiscent of a formal studio portrait. The dark studio-like background, coupled with dramatic lighting, brings out the Baboon’s fine hair texture and facial features. This was accomplished by using both natural backlighting to rim-light his hair, and fill-flash to illuminate his face and provide catch-lights in his eyes. Some dodging and burning in Photoshop helped to enhance the effect, but overall very little post-edit manipulation was required on this image. I typically like to catch animals in their native habitat, and exhibiting their natural animal behaviors, but I must also confess to a fondness for a more formal portrait-like capture (of which this is a prime example). I took this photo in CameraRAW using my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens + Tamron Pro SP AF 1.4x TC and Canon SpeedLite 430EX II external flash. RAW conversion and post-edits completed in PSE-11, matting & framing was done with Big Huge Labs software.