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Portrait of a Lion | by Wilson Hui
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Portrait of a Lion

This portrait of a lion at the Calgary Zoo was taken while I was doing my cell phone series. That series also got me thinking about what I can't do with a cell phone or at least will have a very hard time doing. You might actually die if you tried to take this photo with your cell phone (or any camera with a 26mm lens). The main drawbacks of a cell phone comes from the lack of ability to change the focal length to something longer (I didn't find a need for wider), ability to resolve enough detail to make crops look good and noisy performance above ISO 100 in low light. I think this was wide open on the Canon 70-300mm L. Since I found cell phone lens good enough wide open, I take no issue doing so on a much larger lens and sensor.


Through my many years of going to the Calgary Zoo, this was the first time that I was able to get a decent photo of the lions. Very happy about that. During the day, they are often napping or just too far away and close to the back fence so that I can't blur it out enough.

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Taken on March 18, 2017