Another zoo shot – this lion was resting in deep shade, just beyond the bright sunlit ground and rock on the right side. I didn’t think to try a handheld bracketed set of exposures. (I wasn’t lugging a tripod around the zoo.) Using the original RAW file, I created two copies using Lightroom, one underexposed at -2 and one overexposed at +2. I combined these in Photomatix and thought it came out pretty well. Further localized exposure tweaks were done after re-importing the Photomatix version back into Lightroom. Between the capabilities of the new camera sensors and software like Lightroom and Photomatix, it’s pretty amazing about what can be accomplished in very difficult lighting.