Adrian Binney, LRPS  

Namibian Lion by Adrian Binney, LRPS

February 2021 - Namibian Lion

February 2021 - Adrian Binney, LRPS


About the Image(s)

This portrait was taken in in September 2019 on a fabulous trip - great adventure! Most of my ‘keeper' images are action over for Nature, but I thought this may be worth playing with in Mono. I will find it interesting what comments are.

Settings - With my current Olympus gear: E-M1X with 300 f4 prime, with a x2 converted fixed (so FF = 1,200) - he was a long way off! - ISO200, 1/1,600 f8.

PP in Lightroom - cropping then not a huge amount of work after conversion to Mono, but some removal of grasses bottom left. Sharpen in Topaz A1.

6 comments posted

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
You have really caught his gaze and the wonderful texture of his mane, Adrian. Your focus is spot on inspite of the distance. Namibia is on my list! I am glad you made it there. You remind me of the fragility of the wildlife in Africa.
Thanks for a great image.   Posted: 02/06/2021 12:32:29

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very nice nature shot, Adrian. I think I am partial to the original in this case, both the wider crop, and softer contrast. The post processing definitely brings out the detail, and has a gritty feel, but perhaps too much so for me. But even so it's an enjoyable image.   Posted: 02/06/2021 17:45:23

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Adrian, a majestic portrait! I was also wondering what a slightly wider crop - like head and shoulders, so to say - would look like, showing the front paws and a bit of the background?   Posted: 02/07/2021 17:26:36

Colin Bradshaw   Colin Bradshaw
Great detail especially as he was far off as often heat haze can soften the image, I think I prefer the original crop but do like it in mono, if it was mine and I wish it was, I would brighten the eyes and take down the highlight in the fur on the left hand side under the chin   Posted: 02/08/2021 09:48:40

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
I think this is extremely well done. You captured a very serious expression. the tonal balance is just right with a full range of zones and tack sharp. The dark brown fur is really interesting. The lions in South Africa and East Africa are much more yellow   Posted: 02/19/2021 15:16:16

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Adrian,

I love this portrait of the Lion. To me you could not have chosen a better crop. The original was a good image, but your crop really brings out there lion, particularly the big cat's expression. As I look at it I cannot help but wonder what the lion might have been thinking (Hmm lunch? or why are you disturbing my nap?). As I study the image I find more and more in it, more detail, not unlike Colin's Fighter - there is so much there that (at least to me) I could look at the image over and over and find more Ihad not seen before.

I really like how your processed the image other than the crop - lighting and contrast. It has, as I see it, a perfect texture for the subject. My only suggestion and it is kind of nit picking would be to lighten the eyes a bit more so they stand out a little more. Other than that …

Thanks so much for sharing it with us Adrian - very nicely done.   Posted: 02/23/2021 10:16:06


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