Photo Of The Day – That’s Why Zebras Have Stripes

Zebras On The Savanah

Title: That’s Why Zebras Have Stripes

Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


ISO 250
Focal Length 300mm (480mm Equiv)
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture f/7.1
Exp Comp. – 2/3
Camera Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 28-300mm L

Adjustments: Ok, this one got fiddled with a LOT in Lightoom 3.0.  Not because it was horrible to start with (it wasn’t, if I say so myself) but because I wasn’t satisfied.  I wanted the zebras to stand out more than they were.  I’m happy with the results, although the perfectionist in my could spend the rest of the day tweaking. In Lightroom, then: Exposure +.4, Recovery +14, Fill Light +29, Blacks +24, Brightness +50, Contrast +25, Clarity +25, Vibrance +15, Saturation +22, Red Saturation -100, Yellow Saturation +43, Green Saturation +84, Aqua, Blue, Purple and Magenta Saturation -100

Description: Taken on the Serengeti Plains about 40 minutes before sunset, these zebras were a bit by themselves.  It’s easy to see how their patterns makes it hard to judge the size of the group and to make the individuals appear larger than they are.  It’d also be easy to hide a younger zebra amongst the adults.

Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey

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One Reply to “Photo Of The Day – That’s Why Zebras Have Stripes”

  1. Lora

    Love how it looks like they’re trying to blend in with one another.

    I also like how you posted your camera settings. I might try that for the next Photo Friday. Which lenses did you bring on your safari — mostly telephoto?


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