Jyoti Sarkar  

Delicious lunch menu by Jyoti Sarkar

October 2019 - Delicious lunch menu

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During my safari trip at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, our tour guide took us to a place where two lions were playing close to a river and zebras, wildebeests were roaming around, eating grass keeping a safe distance from those two lions and occasionally watching them. It was sunny lazy afternoon. We waited with utmost patience, expecting to experience a game (cruelty huh? in natural wild habitat you will find that very normal, it's food chain). All of a sudden the king stood up, started moving towards those zebras. Naturally zebras stopped eating and carefully watching lion's move. The moment lion started running towards them, zebras started running even faster. We observed the chase till they all disappeared in the bushes, away from my lens visible zone. This was captured using D800 and Nikon 200-500 mm lens.

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11 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Jyoti, welcome to the group. I really liked your photo of the lion and the Zebras. There are a couple of items you need to be aware, look for dust on your photos and remove it. I liked the photo, but I thought it lacked spark as you covered too much area. I have cropped it to stress the lion and the Zebras. Taken a lot of the sky away, and used curves to bring out the colors. What other countries did you visit?   Posted: 10/10/2019 11:28:47
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Jyoti Sarkar
Thanks Richard for your editing and suggestions. Liked it. It was definitely not the most favorable lighting situation but the photo opportunity was too good to miss. It's like an epic.
Outside USA and Canada I have covered Kenya/Tanzania and Patagonia around Chile and Argentina.   Posted: 10/10/2019 22:53:29

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
This image has a strong story, is well exposed and looks sharp with an appropriate depth of field. I agree with Richard about cropping some. You might consider using a gradient to subtly darken the bottom and top of the image to keep the eye focused on the action.   Posted: 10/10/2019 15:17:39
Jyoti Sarkar
Thanks Michael for your advice.   Posted: 10/10/2019 22:54:35

George R Phile   George R Phile
Jyoti, Glad to have you in the group. This is a compelling image of what it is like in the wild! I agree with the comments of both Richard and Michael. Adding a bit more contrast might make it pop a bit more.   Posted: 10/12/2019 09:32:38
Jyoti Sarkar
Thanks for your appreciation.   Posted: 10/13/2019 10:51:09

Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
This is a true test of "survival of the fittest"! I like the composition, even though it goes against most widely acceptable rules of thirds and empty space! Richard's suggestion indeed gives a better photographic rendering, from the perspective of a photographer!
I just love your capture!
  Posted: 10/12/2019 12:18:17
Jyoti Sarkar
Yes the whole situation was so majestic, few tour vans were around us, we were feeling the typical wind flow and the natural sound coming out from surrounding trees, birds were flying around and chirping but rest all were calm. Those big animals were staring at each other, like testing of mental power - who could gauge first about other party's immediate next move!
I am sure in post processing lot can be done on cropping and enhancing to pop up the image as you all suggested and I appreciate all of the comments above. I am still learning various skills and tricks of digital darkroom.   Posted: 10/13/2019 10:50:39

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
You have captured this scene very well, Jyoti. The picture is full of tension. I think you could have cropped the three zebras to the right, but kept the ratio. I liked to watch the reaction of each of the zebras, some very on alert and some more relaxed. In particular, I liked the one to the left with the back to the lion. A very well captured picture.   Posted: 10/15/2019 01:02:47
Jyoti Sarkar
Thanks for liking the scene as well providing valuable suggestion.   Posted: 10/15/2019 06:59:06

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Welcome to the group, Jyoti! That's a really good capture. I like Richard's treatment of it and I do agree that you could do like the idea of a gradient. The lion looks a little soft to me in Richard's treatment, you can fix that in Photoshop with a layer using an unsharp mask filter and masking it for just the lion. You can control the effect by adjusting the opacity of the layer.   Posted: 10/21/2019 15:54:38