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Latitude4236David PRO+
 
Latitude4236David December 10, 2013
Dinner time. Nice capture.
nancytardiff
 
nancytardiff December 15, 2013
Black & white seems to suit this. It focuses on his expression more than the colour would.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 23, 2013
Awesome shot! I have one VERY similar to this one!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita January 31, 2014
fantastic b&w. Nice range of tones. Congrats on the award.
pradeephiremath
 
pradeephiremath January 31, 2014
nice...
Bannekh
 
Bannekh February 01, 2014
Great shot
lindywalker
 
lindywalker February 01, 2014
Strong image. Love it
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset February 01, 2014
Superb! Congrats
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer February 01, 2014
What a look you captured, fantastic! Congrats on the Judge Favorite Award!!
debbiecram
 
debbiecram February 01, 2014
Congrats great shot!!
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 01, 2014
Nice
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle February 01, 2014
Beautiful image, great textures and light. Congratulations
rodney60
 
rodney60 February 01, 2014
Awesome capture
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography February 01, 2014
nice!
Bart PRO
 
Bart February 01, 2014
Excellent close-up!! Congrats on your award !
danielmartin
 
danielmartin February 02, 2014
Very beautiful portrait! Bravo and congratulation for the well deserved award!!
angeliquegordon-stuart
 
angeliquegordon-stuart February 02, 2014
wow! intense!!!
Behind-the-Fire-Scene PRO+
 
Behind-the-Fire-Scene February 02, 2014
Great image :-)
Timbo
 
Timbo February 02, 2014
Fantastic image....... Well done...... Perfect in B/W
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD February 02, 2014
Beautiful capture. Well deserved award.
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins February 02, 2014
Stunning capture, Susan
djensen PRO
 
djensen February 02, 2014
Awesome image!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life February 02, 2014
WOWIE !! absolutely love this shot :) congrats !
greatshots PRO+
 
greatshots February 02, 2014
A W E S O M E !
morg PRO
 
morg February 02, 2014
Great shot!!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac February 03, 2014
Best of its kind...Congratulations!
Satningal
 
Satningal February 03, 2014
Awesome shot, I love this in black & white!
Lotsashots
 
Lotsashots February 08, 2014
Great photo! At first glance I thought it was a double exposure (looks like a second set of nostrils right above the lions nostrils)
dondurante
 
dondurante February 09, 2014
Magnificent Cat and I love this done in B&W.
sharonmorris Premium
 
sharonmorris August 27, 2014
Congrats Stacey on your finalist
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 August 27, 2014
Congrats on being a finalist!
KKGivens Premium
 
KKGivens August 28, 2014
Congrats on your finalist. Awesome image!
vbpbeetschen1305821
 
vbpbeetschen1305821 September 22, 2014
Congratulations
RobinV
 
RobinV January 28, 2015
Beautiful b&w conversion
rishikeshkumar
 
rishikeshkumar May 25, 2015
love the framing
claudia_lothering_1704
 
claudia_lothering_1704 July 06, 2015
Amazing - congrats and good luck! Regards Claudia
ChelleCreations
 
ChelleCreations July 20, 2015
absolutely stunning
Wizzard PRO
 
Wizzard July 20, 2015
Outstanding portrait of The King!! Congrats!!
AntonioMarchetti PRO+
 
AntonioMarchetti July 21, 2015
Amazing shot !!
HronnsaJo
 
HronnsaJo August 08, 2015
Wow....
sharonmorris Premium
 
sharonmorris September 10, 2015
Congrats Stacey on your Finialist
RachelKey
 
RachelKey September 11, 2015
I Love this, it's Awesome!
KKGivens Premium
 
KKGivens January 03, 2018
Congratulations Stacey love this one. :)
Cevans3rd
 
Cevans3rd August 22, 2018
Please sell this print to me! Let me know what I need to do.
michelletyler_8558 PRO
 
Handsome, wise and strong, stunning photo.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I love going to the zoo and photograph the animals, this was shot at the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock Arkansas.
Time
Bakari (the lion) is one of my favorite subjects to photograph at the zoo, he is so beautiful and has so much character. Shot late morning early afternoon around 11:30 am 11/9/2013.
Lighting
Shot in natural light, no flash or diffusers or reflectors. I am above the exhibit shooting down, part of the exhibit is shaded.
Equipment
Shot with a Canon 7D, with a 70-200 f/2.8L with Canon 2x extender with monopod for stabilization.
Inspiration
When shooting at the zoo, I am always looking to connect with the animals. For the longest time Little Rock Zoo only had a couple of female lions, so when they brought in a male lion, I was excited. When they first brought in Bakari, he was a young male with hardly a mane, so I feel like I have watched him grow up. On this day he was close enough I was able to capture a full frame face image. I love to get close with my zoom and fill the frame. I called out Bakari and he looked directly at me.
Editing
I love a good black and white image, so this was converted to black and white with some dodging and burning done.
In my camera bag
What I carry in my bag today only slightly differs from the day I took this image. The only differences is I now carry the Canon 5D Mark III and added the 24-105 mm f/4 to the bag, my other 2 favorites that have been in my bag for several years is the 70-200 f/2.8 and Canon 2x extender, along with at least 2 back up batteries and several memory cards.
Feedback
I love going to the zoo and shoot, I always try to have a plan on what I want to capture, but am also flexible in that, since the animals may not always cooperate. So the best advice I have is have a flexible plan and ideas on what you are wanting to capture. Get inspired by other animal images and let the animals inspire you. Most animals have a pattern, watch them and always be patient and wait for your shot. Also don't be afraid to experiment. I really love animals and I try to find a connection with them, I also look for shapes they make or patterns and texture in their hide/fur/coat.

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