Enlightened by pablo.raw
With FotoWeek quickly approaching, photography lovers should be bracing themselves for an inundation of gallery shows, slideshows, artist talks, and all-around geekery (not to mention plenty of spam in your inbox). When you look at hundreds of photos in a short period of time it’s easy to overload your brain. Before you know it, all photos will begin to either look “good” or you just won’t know what you’re looking at anymore. When you reach that point, try to keep in mind some of the basic rules that make up a “good” photograph: composition, content, and lighting.
This photo has them all, but the lighting is what makes the shot. The sunlight streaming in from the top corner naturally leads the viewer’s eye to the subject at the center of the frame. The contrast between the lion’s glowing face and his bleak surroundings lead you to believe that he has found a ray of hope from above. Is he simply looking for some warmth from the sun or has he found respite from his existence as a caged zoo animal?