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Watchful

By Leedslass1  
Many thanks for all the votes and comments on my previous upload "Rueppells Griffon Vulture" and special thanks to Pamela, Chris, Sandy, John and Joop for their valued UAs. It is all very much appreciated.
Today's image is another lion portrait taken at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. This one I have given a mono conversion as I am looking to use it in the Mono section of a competition. I have worked up 2 versions and would appreciate your view on which you prefer. Personally I like the softer feel of the lead.
Thanks for looking.

Tags: Mono Nature Lion Cotswold wildlife park Wildlife and nature

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26 Apr 2018 10:12AM
beautifully done, i'll go for the lead

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Somerled7 Plus
3 166 8 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 10:26AM
Two votes for the lead version, but both are excellent!
Excellent images
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
26 Apr 2018 11:53AM
So lovely and fluffy. Smile
26 Apr 2018 12:29PM
Great image. Lead for me.
PhilT2 Plus
9 513 29 England
26 Apr 2018 2:11PM
The lead image most definitely and for that I give my award
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 2:12PM
On balance, I think the lead one. The version is also very good though - much more present and grittier, which I like. Looking at the images in conjunction with your title, the version seems more 'watchful', whereas the lead image seems more curious/contemplative.

If you're entering this into a mono comp, the only slight suggestion I could make is that the edges of the lion are perhaps a touch softer than they could be? Obviously, that'll come down to personal choice in the end, but if you look at the back-end of the lion, on the right, there's a touch of the background texture coming through the fur. That softness is evident in a couple of other areas, too (i.e. top of the head, down the left hand side of the body). Not all judges will see or even mind that, though - so again, it's a bit of a lottery how much tinkering you do with an image.

Then again, that extreme softness on the edges might be exactly the effect you wanted and that's why it's so hard to give an opinion sometimes! Smile At the end of it, it's your image and your decision.

Good luck with the comp, though!

Tanya

Leedslass1 Plus
3 2.6k 3 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 2:19PM
Thank you for the critique Tanya it is much appreciated.
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
26 Apr 2018 2:24PM
Beautiful and the lead for me too.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 2:24PM
It's not 'critique', Carol ... just my opinion Grin I'd have been chuffed to heck and back to have taken this - it's gorgeous !
Fefe Plus
8 33 31 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 4:06PM
Lovely!
The lead is my fave!
Diane
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
26 Apr 2018 4:21PM
A very beautiful composition and capture, Carol Smile Think I have to be different to the others and go for the version as my fave! But both are excellent presentations, most worthy of a placing in your competition - good luck! SmileSmile
Trev Smile
26 Apr 2018 4:43PM
Both great Carol, but I like the version, being less soft it shows more detail. Pam
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
26 Apr 2018 6:37PM
Stunning in mono!
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 6:46PM
Reading down the comments, I began to feel I was the only one to prefer the version, but the last few people seem to agree with me. I think it's stronger, and this is a strong animal, so it seems to fit better. The version is "wild" and the lead image is a pussy-cat. Although the darkness of the eyes in the version are slightly menacing, I might be inclined to brighten them a touch.
It's an excellent image, whichever you choose to submit.
Satlight 3 23 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 6:51PM
The lead image wins for me, although both are extremely good images.
RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2018 9:29PM
Both images are amazing.
I look at food like that myself Tongue
Rob
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2018 1:03AM
Extraordinary images... Impressive animal...
Isabel GrinGrin

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