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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


So I made it to Rwanda to shoot the Gorillas, (also the Golden Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys). This was the most difficult photography. The gorillas were in the shade, which by itself would be ok as I can crank the ISO on my Sony A1. However, it was also sunny which meant beams of light creating bright stripes through the bushes on the shaded subjects. You can only over expose so much, so I shot somewhere in the middle. Maybe filter?? I don't know. Once in while, I would see one in decent light, but you only have 1 hour to shoot , needless to say, lots of post for me.

Sony A1, 100-400 gm and 70-200 2.8,



























Nov 23, 2022 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


My pick out of this set is the last image. Everything seemed to work well there. The source of lighting in #3 and #4 appeared to be from below. That lighting worked fine in #4. Thank you for sharing!

Joshua



Nov 23, 2022 at 09:38 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


Thanks for your feedback Joshua


Nov 23, 2022 at 10:08 PM
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Images are wonderful contrary to the exposure nightmare you suggest. Love that last one. Thoughts for your situation would have been with Zebra warnings turned on at about 106-107 to push until you see stripes or until you like the look of the gorilla fur. I have found it to be easy to dig shadow details out of Sony files, my A7rIII as well as the A1.
You did fine
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Nov 23, 2022 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


Karl Witt wrote:
Images are wonderful contrary to the exposure nightmare you suggest. Love that last one. Thoughts for your situation would have been with Zebra warnings turned on at about 106-107 to push until you see stripes or until you like the look of the gorilla fur. I have found it to be easy to dig shadow details out of Sony files, my A7rIII as well as the A1.
You did fine
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Thank you, and no I wasn't using the zebra warnings, will work on that



Nov 23, 2022 at 11:57 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


I love the intimacy of these shots. Well done.


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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


I really like the next to last!


Nov 24, 2022 at 10:15 AM
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The expressions you captured are wonderful. Smart of them to say in the shade. I bet that meant you were in the sun and hot, never mind the frustration of the lighting you described. You rose to the challenge bringing home these wonderful images.

Morris



Nov 24, 2022 at 11:09 AM
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DivineFocus wrote:
I love the intimacy of these shots. Well done.


Thank you,



Nov 24, 2022 at 12:35 PM
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Tollefsen wrote:
I really like the next to last!


The one picking his nose : ) just like a human



Nov 24, 2022 at 12:36 PM
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morris wrote:
The expressions you captured are wonderful. Smart of them to say in the shade. I bet that meant you were in the sun and hot, never mind the frustration of the lighting you described. You rose to the challenge bringing home these wonderful images.

Morris


Thank you Morris, it was hot, but also rained on and off, sun was directly above us at time we arrived, with only 1 hr. to shoot. i guess at $1500 an hour to see them you expect the best, just doesn't work like that with wildlife.



Nov 24, 2022 at 12:46 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Rwanda Gorillas, difficult, terrible lighting


marco1ca wrote:
The one picking his nose : ) just like a human


Well, I went with he had an itch! I liked the composition and color!😄



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