WILDEBEEST: New Picture PLUS Making Of

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 30, 2014

Category: General

Hi Folks

I thought for today I’d show you a new picture in my Animals project PLUS a look at how the picture was made.

First off here’s the final picture which I’ve called Are we nearly there yet?

wildebeest

The final image has been made up from a total of seven separate images; 4 of which you can see below and the remaining three being the vultures you can see way in the distance that I’ve also used in previous pictures.

The Wildebeest was photographed when out at Woburn Safari Park here in the UK and the field and sky are just 5 minutes from my front door…

wildebeest_2This was first time out at the Safari Park taking just my new Fuji X-T1 and I just couldn’t be happier with the results.

The picture below shows a zoomed in shot in Lightroom of one of the Wildebeest I photographed using the X-T1 and the Fuji 55-200mm lens. I’ve been extremely pleased so far with how this camera is performing plus of course how light, small and portable it is, but in addition to that it’s how sharp images are that is quite stunning…

Now just one thing to mention when out taking photographs of the animals for this project…

I always photograph them with an aperture of around f/8.0 to f/11.0 and the reason for that is so that all of the animal is sharp and in focus which will make it a little easier to cut out but will also look more realistic when added into the scene  in the final picture

When I’m photographing the background elements I’ll use exactly the same settings and will also photograph them from roughly the same height as when photographing the animal. I’ll also aim at a point on the ground within the field which is roughly the distance the animal was originally away from me. Taking the time to do this means that the depth of field and perspective all match when putting all the elements together.

Making Of…
The series of pictures below will give you an idea of the stages in Photoshop to put this picture together starting with the building a larger field, then adding the sky, the colouring, the Wildebeest once cut out from their original background etc…

wildebeest_making

The Final Image…

wildebeestOk so there you go … a brief look at how I photographed and then composited the final picture.

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to email me glyn@www.glyndewis.com or leave a comment below but in the mean time the weekend is upon us so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

•You can check out a larger version of the final image over on my 500px portfolio page [Link]

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