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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
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You're not. It's alive! :D
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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
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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 :)
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icu109 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes and such a laid back look on the KINGS' face!
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CareDuck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, lions are cute, but they are dangerous.
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Yup they are :D
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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
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thanks for the feedback!
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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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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you for the critique!
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GiuliaDepoliART Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! First of all, I let you know that this comment will enter the #FeedbackFrenzy's comment contest :)
This is an impressive picture! I like it for many reasons. Firsly, the lion is a wonderful animal, and you captured him very well! :clap: His expression looks calm, wise and majestic. The angle and the pespective are wonderful, it looks like he's looking far away, and I get the impression he's imagining his native land... Of course this is just my own and very subjective interpretation :D You must be very skilled, zoo photography isn't easy at all, and you have been able to take a great portrait of him in a perfect pose. The colours are great, too, I love those warm tones, they give me the idea of the african heat and of wildness. I think the background suits the lion, even if it isn't "natural", because it's orange and brown as well and it makes a good texture.
The only critique I have to give you it that it isn't completely on focus. Maybe with a higher aperture you would have take a much more detailed picture, which would have been even more amazing.
However, this is an incredible picture, it has a great impact! I wish I had taken a photograph like this! :aww: I would definitely hang this on my wall ^^ Keep up the great work! :clap:
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thanks for the feedback, this was one of my first time trying to photograph caged animals. But I'm glad you like it so much.
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GiuliaDepoliART Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, let me say you're skilled! :D I do indeed!
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amaliabastos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Critique for FF: First of all, I would like to say, good work! Zoo photography is challenging (I know from experience!) but also a very rewarding activity. I like the framing you have chosen for this image: the fact that the wall is almost the same colour as the lion is especially well used, since it gives the image a very consistent colour palette and very warm overall feeling. The composition is also very good, with the lion's head to the right and looking towards the left. One criticism I have is with the focus: I would like to suggest that next time you try a slightly bigger DOF so you can get the whiskers in focus too. Doing this adds unimaginable crispness and clarity to the image. Also, in regards to light, maybe you should have made the whole image a little brighter. The shadows on the lion's face seem slightly over exposed and the eyes are completely black. It is ideal to see at least the reflection of light on the animal's eyes when taking a photograph.
Great work, and keep shooting! You have some real talent! :D
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thanks for your great critique, it's very helpful.
The "shadows" on his face aren't shadows, they are the fence in front of the lion. But yes, it should be a little brighter, even though it won't help with the fence.
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amaliabastos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem! :D Have you tried selecting areas (there are several tools on photoshop for this) and editing them separately? It can be very helpful for eliminating little problems such as this. c:
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
No I haven't. I will try it next time, thank you.
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amaliabastos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. Have fun! :)
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Bananasnap Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He's adorable!
I love lions :3
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Thank you :D
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Ihaveprobs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Beautiful shot.
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animal-lover-247 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :)

May i use this beautiful image as reference for a TLK piece i'm doing? I will refer back to your photo :) if you dont mind.
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
You can use it as a reference picture if you refer to me and send me a link with the result. :D You may not use it in a photo manipulation or anything alike.
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animal-lover-247 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
here is the piece i did useing your image as a ref :) i hope i have credited you ok, let me know if you would like any changes :) [link]
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Salix-Sericea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
It's fine like this. And I like the picture :D
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animal-lover-247 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad your ok with it and thank you very much for allowing me to use it and another big thanks for liking it :D :huggle:
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animal-lover-247 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant thank you :)
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