Jan van Leijenhorst  

The King by Jan van Leijenhorst

October 2021 - The King

About the Image(s)

On a recent visit to a nearby zoo, I captured this lion. It was midday and many animals were sleeping or not readily visible.
But this lion apparently woke up and I was there at just the right time.

6 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I like this picture, I think the colors in this image need some more saturation. If you could do something to make the lion pop that would help a lot.   Posted: 10/03/2021 17:47:21

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
You can always tell a zoo lion because they have so few scars and are in better shape than those in the wild. He doesn't even look like he resents waking up from his nap! I agree with Renee. What were your settings in the camera? You say it was midday, so my thought is that the sun might have blown out the colors. If you use Lightroom, try holding down the shift key and click on the black slider and the white slider. It might improve the white balance in this photo. Great capture, they sleep for most of the day, and are awake early morning when fed.   Posted: 10/08/2021 16:12:18

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I always prefer to see the big cats in their natural environment rather than captivity. This was taken under fairly strong sunlight with has created a small amount of burn out to his mane. I feel that some careful work in Lightroom adjusting the white balance and the tonal balance would make a stronger picture.   Posted: 10/13/2021 04:51:23

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
AN interesting study of the relaxed lion. He is well positioned in the frame that demonstrates his captive environment. There looks like some interesting colours hidden in those rock walls.
I think some adjustments to contrast etc might help the lion stand out a bit more. And the lighter areas at the bottom could be more subdued.
Two eyes would have been good.

  Posted: 10/14/2021 05:00:47

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Zoo shots are challenging for several reasons and lighting is usually one of them. Overall not to bad considering mid-day. You could tone down the rocks and work on the contrast and a levels or curve layer to help. Maybe a little vibrance.   Posted: 10/14/2021 10:15:03

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Check out those PAWS!!! For shooting at the zoo, this is very nice. Hard to control for pose, lighting and background.
Wonder what a selective focus in a post processing program might do to minimize the distractions in the background.
Very nice photo.
  Posted: 10/15/2021 12:04:24


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