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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3  #13

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #13

Siesta Time

I have absolutely no idea where this was taken but hopefully you will agree with me that this is a magnificent animal.

For a Praktica camera with moderately cheap lenses I think the camera has handled this well with no sign of the mesh between me and the lion whatsoever.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 3 #13

Siesta Time

I have absolutely no idea where this was taken but hopefully you will agree with me that this is a magnificent animal.

For a Praktica camera with moderately cheap lenses I think the camera has handled this well with no sign of the mesh between me and the lion whatsoever.

(All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me, and sometimes entered into Club competitions.  This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.)

comments (18)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 01:02
And here I thought you were standing nearby in the same den, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Not a chance of that Ginnie! Thanks for your comment.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2009, 01:31
Silly! It was taken in the Lion's Den, of course. [grin]

Actually, I believe I can detect a bit of softness that could be explained by you having a bit of cage between you and young Leo.

It is a fine shot, Brian, but shots of lions and other big cats in cages always make me cringe a little.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, it is a shame that they are shut up like this, a lot of places over here they roam free in large areas.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2009, 07:17
Indeed, magnificent animals, as all the big cats. I'd never have guessed that this was taken through mesh, though, so wel ldone for that. I, too, have concerns about caged animals but I wonder what chances they have in the wild with man's greed?
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, no doubt this animal has long passed on to that place in the sky.
  • zed
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2009, 07:26
l would never pick you shot through mesh, thankfully we look after animals in the zoo much better now, at least here in Aus
Brian Walbey: Yes most zoos over here are reasonably o.k.zed but these animlas need areas to roam in not enclosures.
With B&W shots like these there is so much more emotion & feeling involve... You can almost "feel" this lion's hate & sadness...
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ferdi, no doubt you can see these animals in the wild in your homeland.
Reminds me I must feed the cat.
Brian Walbey: Lol Chad, thanks for your comment!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2009, 09:28
Lol at Chad. This is indeed a proud animal - I just wish he wasn't there, but roaming free!
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, no doubt this particular animal has gone to that safari park in the sky by now.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 10:40
Super photo
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment vintage.
I expect you would have had to add more contrast because of the mesh...It certainly doesn't show. Well done Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Ron.
This is a magnificent animal Brian. I don't like seeing big cats in cages. A good quality picture though!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
I used to have a Praktica at one time. They were built like a tank but the lenses were good.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2009, 15:07
Lionesses exude magesticness and so much poise... large cats are my favorite to photograph. Its too bad most of us have that opportunity only in zoos, eh. I would love to be able to shoot them in the wild someday. Your choice of B&W adds a lot of depth to the image, good job on keeping the mesh out of the frame smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Mia, to photograph one of these on a safari would be really great I would imagine.
My goodness your pet food bills must be high Brian. ;-)

Lovely. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2009, 19:23
I think it's sunbathing Brian
Brian Walbey: I think so too Chris, thanks for your comment.
  • Rob Martin
  • Perth - Western Australia
  • 25 Mar 2009, 22:34
Praktica eh?

memories!!

Definitely nice job if losing the foreground cage.
Lions and large cats are some of the most impressive beasts imaginable. They tweak our natural primal fear strings that usually lay dormant beneath our arrogant swaggers.

Any time up close and personal with these animals is a treat.

Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Close up yes Rob, preferably with the fence in between though. Thanks for your comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2009, 23:26
Ah! My Dad had a Praktica, wouldn't ever let me use it though!

Picture made me think of Elsa, remember her?
Brian Walbey: Yes I do remember Elsa Ellie, quite a long time ago now. Thanks for your comment.
Beautiful animal Brian. Did you see the recent TV program on the lion called Christian that two guys bought from Harrod's back in the 60's? If not I hear it's on You Tube.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely animal Janet, I didn't see the programme but someone sent me this clip from Youtube at the time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVNTdWbVBgc I suggets you get a tissue ready if you watch it, I've just done a big swallow.
Well taken Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Pamela.

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