Portrait Work Animal Style

Baboon Framed

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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Note:  This image will print large, up to a maximize size of 32 x 40 inches

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.

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5 responses to “Portrait Work Animal Style

  1. I love this kind of animal portraiture! PETA might even be interested in portraits like this of domesticated animals like cows, sheep, chickens, …..etc. I’m not Vegan, but photos like this certainly make a person take notice! I still think “she” needs spectacles! Lol!

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