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Lion



This beautiful cat is unfortunately in captivity. Great for us who don't have the chance to go on safari, but not so great for these wonderful animals. ...
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This beautiful cat is unfortunately in captivity. Great for us who don't have the chance to go on safari, but not so great for these wonderful animals.
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Member Selection Award
Winner in Animals in Black and White Only Photo Challenge
Peer Award
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Absolute Masterpiece
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Top Choice
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All Star
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Magnificent Capture
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Superb Composition
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Top ClassTM

Safari Wildlife Photo ContestTop 20 class
At The Zoo Photo ContestTop 20 class
Wildlife Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class
Wildlife Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class week 1
The Animal Eye Photo Contest vol1Top 30 class
The Animal Eye Photo Contest vol1Top 30 class week 1
Animals In Black And White Photo ContestTop 20 class
Animals In Black And White Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Wildlife Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Wildlife Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
Wildlife Portraits Photo ContestTop 30 class
All Things Black And White Photo ContestTop 30 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Powerful Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Powerful Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 35Top 20 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 35Top 10 class week 1

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MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle November 25, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
rogerhampton PRO+
rogerhampton November 26, 2016
Many thanks Mike! It means a lot to me!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at a zoo in Italy. I would love one day, to travel and photograph these wonderful animals in the wild.
Time
This was actually taken in the middle of the day. I found the background to be irrelevant and in fact distracting from the beauty of the animal. I therefore converted the whole photo til black and white and the background to black.
Lighting
It was a challenge to get this shot. Of course I am at a distance. You don't want to get too close to one of these guys! The shot is actually taken through thick glass, so it was important to get close to the glass to avoid any reflections.
Equipment
This is taken with a Canon 70D and my allround travel lens, a Tamron 18-270. The shot is taken at f5,6 with a shutter speed of 1/250th. Due to the thick glass and the because it was a hand held shot, the ISO was set at 800.
Inspiration
I have always found this type of fine art look very attractive and have always loved these big cats. I thought it was time to give it a go and "voila" out sprang this image.
Editing
Yes. The other methods to be able to get this shot using a studio set-up is of course impossible. I mean, who wants to get that close to Lion! There are a number of steps, including separating the Lion from the background, the black and white conversion, bringing out the details and building up the shadows with contrast and finally sharpening the image. A lot more work than many of my other images, but I am pleased with the result.
In my camera bag
I have always most of my gear with me, two or three lens along with the body and my filter system. I always have a tripod with me on Landscape shoots, but not always when I am travelling with the family, as in this case. Extra battery and card is a must!!!
Feedback
Getting a good sharp image to begin with is a must, therefore shoot with with a relative high shutter speed, to freeze the subject. Then take your time when separating the subject from the background, whilst editing. This might be tedious, but the better this is, the more realistic the result. The rest is a matter of taste! There are many videos on the web from those that can PS better than I.

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