Location: Los Angeles, CA / Settings: F6.3, ISO 50, 171 seconds
In Los Angeles, we have a semi-famous mountain lion named P22 that roams the Griffith Park area - here's a New Yorker article that will tell you about it's sad situation.
I was out here shooting with a Russian film crew for a program called the 'Wonders of Technology' - hoping to share the edit once it is produced sometime in early 2016.
For this image, I was already very familiar with Steve Winter's incredible shot published in National Geographic.
I wanted to draw a more colorful version of that with light, kind of an ode to P32, the Mountain Lion struck and killed by a car last August.
Here's my process below:
The key to illustrating something like this is a combination of different skills.
Step One: Start with a sketch. Get it looking the way you'd like it to appear, keep in mind it will be much harder to do with light!
Step Two: Draw a super-basic version to get the composition correct - this can take a few tries (you might want to just use a simple circle or rectangle). Make sure to mark your spot with a rock or a few sticks so you know where to place your animal once you like the composition.
Step Three: Go for it! Nailing it first try is a wonderful feeling, but most likely, you'll be trying this over and over until you get something you're amped on.
Good Luck Light Comrades!
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