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January 21, 2012
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Lion by Salix-Sericea Lion by Salix-Sericea
I spend the day at the zoo, photographing. This lion makes me want to cuddle up with him... don't think that's a good idea though.

My camera is a Panasonic DMC-FZ45.
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Writer
Please tell me I'm not seeing a head mounted on a wall
Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You're not. It's alive! :D
icu109 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my first thing I noticed and caught my eye with this photo is the way the lion almost blends in and matches the brick in the background like they picked it out just for him. hehehe
Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Yes it really looks like that. I like that as well, gives it a very warm feeling :)
icu109 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes and such a laid back look on the KINGS' face!
aosthfan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, lions are cute, but they are dangerous.
Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Yup they are :D
Selunia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Salix-Sericea!

Member of Team 21 here to give you the last Feedback within the :iconfeedbackfrenzy: challenge :)

Alltough I think that the background is quite unusual for a Lion the similarity of the bricks colours to the fur colour gives the picture a really interesting look.

I always find it hard to photograph animals in Zoos due to the reflections on the glass or the fence wires. But this is a really good shot, there are only small hints on the left but with the blurr of the background it's nearly invisible. Very well done!

The only disturbing me a little is that his eyes look completly black. They look so empty, like he's not real. But it also gives a sense of depression to this work making me imagine how it might feel to be in a cage.
So from this point of view it is making this an excellent shot. It really depends on what you wanted to achieve with this picture.
If you didn't want for it to look this way, maybe increasing brightness and contrast a little could help. But I fear this could ruin the colours, might be worth a try though.

So since I think a lion in a zoo cage might really be depressed sometimes, all in all my opinion is that this is a wonderful portrait of a fantastic animal.
Good job! Greetings, Selunia
Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thanks for the feedback!
PattiPix Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :wave: here again from team 40 for :iconfeedbackfrenzy: contest -
Another wonderful work! very cool that you got such portrait of the lion -
The only items I can critique would be that I think you could have achieved a sharper focus - and not sure if you do post processing or not - I would perhaps do a dodge and burn technique with 50% gray overlay - to dodge the eyes - and get a little more brightness in them and maybe burn a bit of the fur to give it more texture - to compensate for the lack of sharpness overall -
But having never gotten more than the back side of a lion in a shot, I think this is a wonderful job - :)
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