Jennifer Marano  


Age Takes its Toll on the Guardian by Jennifer Marano

May 2020 - Age Takes its Toll on the Guardian

About the Image(s)

This old lion has stood guard outside my house for the entire 24 years I have lived here.

I'm so used to him that I hardly look at him, but last week I was searching for subjects close to home and

I was a little shocked to see the toll that those years have taken on him.


Tech: 70-300mm lens @72mm. 1/1000sec F/5.0, ISO-640

Processed in Lightroom and then Silver Effects Pro


This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Yes - but he has aged gracefully and still looks good! I like the detail/contrasts . . . what is Silver Effects Pro? For me - the image is a little "flat" - would like it to pop more and show more vividly texture and the signs of age. Took a shot at it - attached. Perhaps I went too far . . . (as usual).   Posted: 05/01/2020 19:25:05
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Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Silver Effects Pro is a plugin that has a lot of B&W presets which can then be tweaked further either in the plug in or back in Lightroom or both.

I'm always afraid to go too heavy on the contrast for fear of looking fake, but your attempt does look good. Perhaps because I edit on a fairly large screen things look more textured and detailed. It would probably be better if I edit at the size it will be when displayed. I will try that in the future. I appreciate your comments!   Posted: 05/01/2020 19:40:49

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jennifer.

First, I like the (overall) exposure to the Lion, and yes, Steven, your example is a bit too much, indeed. But Steven is correct in maybe playing a bit more with the scene: on my large desktop monitor some of the Lions face is too bright - here I would "Burn" or otherwise make less bright, and thus bring out additional detail, below the Lions chin area.

Also, I like the sense of "place" and the blurred background offers an engaging touch to the whole composition.

Well executed. :)   Posted: 05/04/2020 06:45:23
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Lance - I will work on this image a bit more and see what I can do.   Posted: 05/04/2020 09:27:16

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
It is so easy to miss seeing something you have passed by for many years. Thank you for seeing this. My opinion is that the image needs more tones between white and black. Too much contrast. Perhaps lighten the shadows just a bit, but not so much that the image becomes "muddy."   Posted: 05/06/2020 15:46:55
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Chan. Good suggestion! I will work on contrast and perhaps consider sepia as an alternative to straight black and white. I appreciate all the suggestion group members have made.   Posted: 05/06/2020 16:34:37

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Hi Jennifer - Nice image! The composition of this image is excellent and to me the contrast is spot on. In addition the texture of the lion adds to the quality of the image! The only suggestion I would make is to look into darkening some of the white streaks in the background which may be somewhat distracting.   Posted: 05/07/2020 10:35:33

Graham Jones   Graham Jones
I assume that is moss on the lion. I would love to see that have a bit of colour -maybe 30%. But I'm not sure if I'd want to see it in the grass. I'd have to play with it to see if even this suggestion would work. I really enjoy images with selective colour. I know some folks don't really enjoy that but I do. Lovely image regardless.   Posted: 05/18/2020 17:15:22
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
No moss - just the wearing away of the white wash. I also enjoy selective color, but would have had to invent it in this image!   Posted: 05/18/2020 18:07:57