Kopje Cats 3 (1)
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blueimage
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Just recently processed this one....I've gone back and forth on color vs black and white, but I'm liking this B&W for the time being. Anyway, it's a simple scene of this lone male lion at rest beside a remote Kopje, full frame.

Thanks for looking and comments welcome,

Jim

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KCollett
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Very nice image. On first look, the lion is secondary, a supporting cast for the landscape. Once you key in on it, you notice the lion first. I like it!



billk55
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What KCollett said!



Conrad Tan
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I like it!



blueimage
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KCollett wrote:
Very nice image. On first look, the lion is secondary, a supporting cast for the landscape. Once you key in on it, you notice the lion first. I like it!


Ken, thanks so much for the kind remark. I was trying to give the landscape prominence...I have scads of close-ups...including this cat @ 800mm instead of 90mm, but they could be anywhere. Thanks again,

Jim



harshaj1
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Excellent Jim. I like the composition. My experience around Kopjes hasn't been that great. I had seen lions and cheetahs but in really harsh light.
Harsha



eyelaser
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A very interesting shot Jim..I look at this image and while I am an eternal optimist I see the Kopjes still standing long after the last lion has passed through this part of the Serengetti. The lion almost looks like its guarding the kopjes while in fact its the other way around.
Eric



blueimage
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billk55 wrote:
What KCollett said!


Thanks Bill, I appreciate the comment,

Jim



blueimage
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Conrad Tan wrote:
I like it!


Thanks Conrad!

Jim



blueimage
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harshaj1 wrote:
Excellent Jim. I like the composition. My experience around Kopjes hasn't been that great. I had seen lions and cheetahs but in really harsh light.
Harsha


Thanks Harsha...sorry your experiences have not been optimal, but that's the norm given their remoteness. I takes driving in the dark for a long ways to be in the best Kopjes in good light, and that's not an option on most safaris. Actually, most of the Kopjes, like the one depicted, are not even approachable without special permits.

Thanks for the comment!

Jim



Lil Judd
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I would call this "Kopjes with resting Lion"

the lion is definitely supporting cast here. I like seeing our subjects in their environment.

Nice

Lil



DonGut
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Nice setting and scene; I think I prefer colour. This is a great landscape shot in many ways. Don



KirkB
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Excellent composition and the eye contact is powerful... well done.
I prefer nature & wildlife images in their natural colors, but this works pretty well too.

Kirk



kmunroe
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it's very nice Jim.. i also may prefer it in color



surfnron
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A very nice shot Jim. It works as a landscape and a lion shot ~ Ron



morris
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Sweet

Morris



randysc
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Well captured, I like the B&W.

Randy



blueimage
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eyelaser wrote:
A very interesting shot Jim..I look at this image and while I am an eternal optimist I see the Kopjes still standing long after the last lion has passed through this part of the Serengetti. The lion almost looks like its guarding the kopjes while in fact its the other way around.
Eric


Hey Eric, barring a cataclysmic event, the rocks will indeed outlast the lions. Unfortunately, and as you know, lions (actually all the big cats) are disappearing at an alarming rate. I think you're right on both counts on who's guarding whom....it's a symbiotic relationship for sure. Thanks for the comments!

Jim



blueimage
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Lil Judd wrote:
I would call this "Kopjes with resting Lion"

the lion is definitely supporting cast here. I like seeing our subjects in their environment.

Nice

Lil


Lil, I really appreciate comment. Habitat is the most critical thing to wildlife, it just seams right to give it prominence on occasion - at the cost of whisker detail.

Jim



blueimage
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DonGut wrote:
Nice setting and scene; I think I prefer colour. This is a great landscape shot in many ways. Don


Hey Don, I generally prefer color also...but their's something about B&W Africa scenes that appeal to me - nostalgia I guess.

Jim



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