Jason Stewart  

Baboon by Jason Stewart

May 2022 - Baboon

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in Botswana. We were tracking an adult male lion being pushed out of his territory by two brothers. While waiting for him to go past we stopped at this troop of Baboons. The entire photo included the mother but I wanted to grab just the baby with the leaf and leave it intended that he was in the arms of his mother. After the photo the lion came through and they all bolted.

8 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Wishing you had posted the exposure settings but regardless it is a very nice image. Close intimate images always have the ability draw attention and when you can add the cute factor you get a winner.

The only suggestions I have are that you might tone down the bright areas. There is one in the upper left and an even brighter one in the lower right. Since you have already cropped a great deal (at least that is how I interpret your comments then crop a bit more from the bottom. Both of these moves will serve to draw more attention to you subject because then it will remain as the only bright area and together with those eyes you will have a real winner. See the attached for my suggestions. Still, as the maker the choice is all up to you.   Posted: 05/09/2022 11:48:58
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Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
Thank you for the tips. I apologize about the lack of settings. I had a lot going on that week in life and wanted to get an image in.
It was shot with canon 1Dxii and sigma 150-600mm
1/1000 sec. f/6.3 569 mm ISO 1600, shot with auto iso   Posted: 05/16/2022 13:53:17

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Mothers with babies are my favorite subjects. Nicely done here. I agree with Larry; a little masking on the lower right to shade that brightness would help. A VERY slight mask on the baby's face to lighten very, very slightly would make those eyes bore through your soul.   Posted: 05/12/2022 13:11:13

David Kepley   David Kepley
How can you miss with baby and mom? This is a universal theme that should touch all of us! Obviously you turned it into B&W, but I wonder what it looked like in color? What color are those eyes? I keep thinking tht if the eyes were a nice yellow and the twig was of course green, if the photo would have even more pop?   Posted: 05/13/2022 10:36:52

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I love this shot. Good composition with the baby's face in the upper quarter. Shows activity (eating). Rendering the image in black and white is a good choice in my opinion. In Lightroom I would use the adjustment brush to bring down the highlights in lower right corner, and maybe add a slight vignette to the image.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:44:17

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
My wife would say this photo rates high on the curtness scale. I'll add that it is a terrific photo. There are a few minor things you could do to highlight the baby more. Larry took care of a couple of things in dulling down some of the brighter places that direct you to the monkey's face. I think you could use the Radial Gradient tool to add ever so little light to the babies' face and the same thing to the eyes to add just a touch of brightness. I took the liberty to make the adjustments to see what you think There is very little difference but just some subtle things. This is a great image; I wish I had taken it.   Posted: 05/16/2022 12:53:06
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Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
thank you, I do like it brighter   Posted: 05/16/2022 13:54:25

Frank St-Pierre   Frank St-Pierre
Jason: A great emotional capture.

I would agree with others that minor improvement might be had by lessening the distracting detail (mother's fur detail, highlights) and subtle vignetting. The dark area just above the baby's head and just below its foot is ideal, if it could be replicated in post throughout the rest of the image.   Posted: 05/16/2022 16:51:04


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