This photo was taken at a hippo pool at Serengeti National Park.
It was taken in the middle of the day so lots of contrast between the bright light and dark hippos, making a good exposure a bit of a challenge. Here is the original photo:
The camera handled the exposure fairly well, but I wasn’t crazy about it, even though it was a good representation of the scene. The vegetation is a distraction, and really I wanted the photo to be more focused on the hippo faces, many of whom were looking at the camera. Cropping the photo helped with that. From there I applied a filter that darkened the photo overall and a vignette to draw attention away from the water a bit.
Do you think this edit helped the photo be a better portrait of this crowd? Your thoughts are welcome below.