Ella Schreiber, QPSA, APSA  

Mountain Lion by Ella Schreiber, QPSA, APSA

January 2022 - Mountain Lion

About the Image(s)

Taken a month ago at Out of Africa a Wildlife Park located in Arizona, USA. I attended a workshop with Kathleen Reeder, a wildlife photographer, who has extraordinary access to photograph the animals at this park. Shot with a CS camera, 70-200 lens @ 70mm, 1/250, F 4, ISO 4,000. We were at the mountain lion’s area at sunrise with beautiful light.
In post camera processing, the image was converted using a B/W adjustment layer in photo shop, added a levels adjustment, sharpened and straightened the image, did a little selective burning and dodging in areas to bring out the shadows, and, highlights, sharpened the image, cropped it, and, called it done.

11 comments posted

Ed Ries
Ella, nice capture. You nailed the focus on the lion's head. Composition is right on. If you can, would share the color version?   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:23:17

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Ed: Thank you for your feedback. Here is the color version   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:19:13
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Nick Delany   Nick Delany
Ella this is a great capture and well processed. I have no improvements on your technique but if you want some fun, I would dramatise the image by making it seem the mountain lion is moving out into the light.
I have taken the liberty with your image of placing an elliptical layer over him with a bias to the left side plus some further burning to the high spots in the bush behind him. I hope it makes for a fun project to create another version of your great shot.   Posted: 01/07/2022 19:23:33
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Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Nick... thanks for the suggestion... it makes the lion really stand out.   Posted: 01/07/2022 21:15:37

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
(Groups 19 & 63)
Hi Ella,
Absolutely beautiful. It deserves to be framed.😊   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:46:53
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Barbara: Thank you for visiting our little group and thank you for your very nice feedback!   Posted: 01/08/2022 11:09:44

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ella - an outstanding wildlife image, well processed as usual and looking completely natural I like both versions - mono and colour and Nick's tweak certainly strengthens the image. Nicely done!   Posted: 01/10/2022 07:11:56

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ella, an interesting choice for mono conversion.
Realising that this would convert well to mono was masterful.
This is an excellent wildlife image.   Posted: 01/11/2022 03:37:50

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
A great image Ella. The head and eyes are pin sharp.
I am confused, you shot a mountain lion at an African Wildlife Park?   Posted: 01/12/2022 14:56:24
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Yes... we have one in Arizona with large natural habitats and got special access by attending a workshop with Kathleen Reeder   Posted: 01/12/2022 20:37:05

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ella
I think you may know my thoughts on this image.
It ticks every box for me,the lighting tonal range and compositon are perfection,beautifuly framed allowing us to see the animals enviroment you have captured the cat totally concentrated and focused the eye pin sharp this for me is a gold medal nature image.
  Posted: 01/18/2022 14:46:03


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