COINAPHOTO: We love this profile shot of the mighty lion! Where were you when you took it?
RALPH: The image was captured at Bristol Zoo, my wife and I go there often. It’s a calm and relaxing place to be, the lions spend most of the day asleep, so I was very fortunate to catch this one sitting up with the warm sun on its face.
COINAPHOTO: What techniques did you use to capture this gazing lion?
RALPH: The image is taken through plexiglass, which is hard enough to get a crisp shot through, especially with fingerprints on one side and paw prints on the other. I had my Canon 70d and Sigma 50-500 lens- a great combination for the zoo, gives you a wide focal range which in this case worked well. The back of the enclosure was all in shade so with the sun on the lion’s face, I was fortunate to get this striking shot.
COINAPHOTO: How did you first get into photography?
RALPH: I am from a small town in Wiltshire called Melksham. I first became interested in photography at about 15 or 16 years old, when I borrowed my grandfathers “Box Brownie” to take to a local air show – and I was hooked from then. I had to wait until my 18th birthday before I got my first “real” camera, which was a very basic Zenith TTL. I currently use a Canon eos 70d usually with my Sigma 50-500 OS Lens, though I would like to get the Canon 7d – but that’s a long way off yet.
COINAPHOTO: What subjects inspire you?
RALPH: I am inspired by many types of photography, but what really inspires me is anything I haven’t done myself ! I always want to learn new things… so if I have not done it, I want to! There are a lot of still a lot of things to photograph!
COINAPHOTO: What advice would you give other photographers?
I am completely self-taught so I don’t know all the rules some photographers work with, but I am a firm believer that rules are made to be broken or at least bent… so if it works, do it!
COINAPHOTO: How are you finding CoinaPhoto?
RALPH: I like the Coinaphoto site. It’s well laid out, it’s easy to find what you want and easy to upload photos. As a rule, I don’t worry about what I have sold. I don’t do it for that, but I would say, “enjoy what you do, put your best effort into it and be proud of what you achieve.” If someone else likes it too then that’s great!
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