Lauren Heerschap  

Kitoko by Lauren Heerschap

October 2020 - Kitoko

About the Image(s)

Taken with my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2, ISO 1600, f8, 1/30 sec. I was using a 40-150 zoom lens with a 2x teleconverter. That is a full frame equivalent of a 160-600mm lens. I had it on a monopod. Kitoko is a one year old baby gorilla born at the Woodland Park Zoo. We went there October 6, 2020, after getting a time for a ticket, with masks on. They had turned the zoo experience into walking a one way loop socially distanced for all exhibits and lines for specific areas. We walked 21/2 miles. This little guy I happened to catch staring straight at me, and he made it worth it!

5 comments posted

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The eyes staring at you is really nice, definitely made the photo. Too bad mama is looking the other way. Looks like you were dealing with some harsh lighting from above. You have some areas that looked to be blown out. Perhaps clone those areas from nearby branches/logs.   Posted: 10/12/2020 12:18:11
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Thanks for the feedback. The baby is the subject, so i'm not worried about the mother's face. It is a silver backed gorilla, but I will work on the highlight issue.   Posted: 10/12/2020 12:53:02

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Modern zoos have made great strides to create realistic looking spaces and backdrops for their animals. Photographing the black great apes like gorillas and chimps is always a challenge in trying to retain good fur detail without overexposing their surroundings particularly on a sunny day. I feel that your mono conversion was very appropriate on this occasion. I like your concentration on the baby rather than the mother.   Posted: 10/13/2020 02:32:52

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Sweet shot.
What about a tighter crop to eliminate some of the unnecessary foliage and other bright areas to the right. It might help concentrate more on the infant...or not. I might even make it a portrait rather than a landscape.
Fun in black and white.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:43:43

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
Great shot of those animals. The baby is captured very well, looking straight into the lens. I would suggest a tighter crop, especially to remove (or darken) the bright lower right.   Posted: 10/20/2020 12:47:10


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