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    Hi folks .... very quiet and nobody wants to break my B&W toning fever ... LOL .

    So here you go another one ...

    Lioness taken in South Luangwa NP of Zambia in late morning , light was already somehow harsh but this lady stayed already in the shadows of some tiny trees.
    I liked her pose and got her attention ... by my camera shutter .

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    F 6,3 ; Iso 2500 ; 1/1600 sec ; man exp and auto iso , shot ETTR ; a bit more DOF would not have hurt the image though

    Processed with DPP 4 and PSCC 2020 ; Quadtone conversion and further edits in PS for i.e. vignette and clean up . ; cropped for comp

    Thanks for watching and commenting to my previous experiment ... LOL .

    Cheers Andreas

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    It certainly got my attention, I like the pose with the chin resting on the paw. I like the appearance but I am thinking to myself that would look great as a colour image.

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    Thanks Jon ... much appreciated .

    Here you go ... the color version . Boring IMHO .... but for sure a matter of taste .

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    Hello Andreas,

    She is beautiful, your lioness. Mesmerising eyes and such pretty pose, love the POV. Talking about eyes, I know the colour varies but the irises of this lioness look very orange - very unusual! The pupil is pale, I expected it to be more black.

    Don't mind the DoF, subject is sharp from nose to eyes and it's the eyes that matter Mmmmm....Somehow I think I like the colour version more. The toned version might have more impact but looks a tad coarse in comparison with the colour version.

    Glad you shared this, I am enjoying your experiments with toned images. Sorry for late comments, saw this last night and was about to post a reply when electricity went Tomorrow we have no power the whole day, Eskom is doing maintenance.

    Enjoy the rest of the evening, Andreas!

    Kind regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Hi Gabriela ... thanks for your comment .
    Eye is as shot , only added a bit punch .

    To me the color version is boring .... just another lion image with a nice pose and good eye contact .

    The toned image is so powerful IMHO ... way more impact , but not everyones taste . For sure it is more coarse due to the tonal pushing .... but as you should , i wanted the effect .

    Just artsy stuff ....

    Cheers Andreas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas Liedmann View Post
    Hi Gabriela ... thanks for your comment .
    Eye is as shot , only added a bit punch .

    To me the color version is boring .... just another lion image with a nice pose and good eye contact .

    The toned image is so powerful IMHO ... way more impact , but not everyones taste . For sure it is more coarse due to the tonal pushing .... but as you should , i wanted the effect .

    Just artsy stuff ....

    Cheers Andreas
    Sure, I believe you Boetie, like I said the colour of the eyes varies. Also depends on the light. And age. And sometimes the photographer too

    Toned version is indeed powerful. But I am drawn to the colour one a bit more. Makes me think of a certain lioness

    Artsy stuff indeed, very well done on all those images you've been sharing lately!

    Hope you have a super week-end,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Heyhoo .... no worries , leave it to you what you like more !!!!

    Tried yesterday other animals .... like waterbuck ... did not work . But i was not too concentrated ....LOL .

    Regards yours Boetie

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    Thank you Boetie, I like lionesses in any form and shape

    One really needs a wide tonal range, for B/W and Toned images - maybe that is why you were not happy with the Waterbuck. But you'll find something soon, I know it

    Sleep well, and chat soon!
    Gabriela Plesea

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    The buck had more tonal range than the lioness .....with less clutter around it

    In 2 min a leopard is coming around the corner .... but i was lazy and it is not ideal

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    Much prefer the color version of this one but, i'm more of a color guy. I like the framing here and the eye contact.

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    Buck and leopard Andreas, in one shot? Drop me a mail Andreas, even if conversion not ideal I would just like to see, for interest' sake.

    Have an awesome week-end!
    Gabriela Plesea

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    LOL .... no Gabriela . Just check my latest thread

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    Hi Andreas -- As an artist you have the liberty to play with your work , and the OP is exactly what it is, powerful and at the same time creatively done. I liked the coarse tones and textures and the eye contact looks captivating. Liked that version of yours.

    While the colour version might be an usual lion image but it is a quality image nonetheless, so I am keeping my feet in boot the boats , nicely done.

    TFS !

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    I like the pose very much Andreas, but the choice of toning is too heavy and not sympathetic I feel, it needs to be lighter in it's 'touch'.

    TFS
    Steve

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