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    "BJ" (Bob Jnr) poses superbly for me as I caught him mid stride atop his Semetu kopje home. From my recent Serengeti trip.

    (Apologies for my absence, but have been very busy in selling all of my 18 F mount lenses (bar my 500PF & 180-400TC) and 3 of my 4 DSLR's (keeping the D500) in the move to mirrorless with the superb and long awaited (at least for me) Z9.
    I'm loving the challenges it's bringing and will match this with a Z14-24, Z24-70, Z70-200 and the amazing Z400TC S f/2.8 (arriving AUG) w/two Z9's.)



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    A very unusual image, I really like it very much. The lion silhouette looks majestic and I really like the colours in the sky.

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    Fantastic image Marc! Love the upward incline of the Kopje and the pose of the lion. The BG colours are simple gorgeous! Works beautifully! T F S.

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    Very nice image of this solitary male, love the background and colours. And the tail of the lion:)

    I can just imagine being there, must have been awesome. Would have liked to see the subject a bit more to the left of the frame, with more space to the right - but I gather you must have your reasons for framing this way, perhaps you were avoiding some vegetation at the top of the kopje?

    Thank you so much for sharing, and welcome back! Looking forward to more...

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    Hi Marc -- Great to have you posting again . Mirrorless is a big switch for you , hope you are enjoying the new equipments.

    Coming to the image, It really is a fantastic image. I loved different colours in the sky and the kings silhouette against that backdrop just makes the image for me.

    Wonderful done. Enjoyed viewing this image. Keep them coming.

    TFS !

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    Many thanks for the positive comments everyone, greatly appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriela Plesea View Post
    Would have liked to see the subject a bit more to the left of the frame, with more space to the right - but I gather you must have your reasons for framing this way, perhaps you were avoiding some vegetation at the top of the kopje?
    Good pick up Gabriela, there was a larger more vertical rock coming into the frame. Centred or not, one would have to be happy just to get this rare timed opportunity.

    This was one of my highlights from this trip.


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    Morning Marc,

    Aaaargh thought so. It happens! Never mind, he is so beautiful, with that mane of his and that curled tail Gorgeous!
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Hey Marc, Nice to see you back here. Ditto all the positives. With allude respect, two things bug me. As mentioned above the image design. The lion is actually left of center as there is more room from the end of the tail to the left frame-edge than there is from the end of the snout to the right frame-edge. In addition, the brightest light is slightly behind the lions tail.

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    Thanks Artie

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Morris View Post
    The lion is actually left of center as there is more room from the end of the tail to the left frame-edge than there is from the end of the snout to the right frame-edge. In addition, the brightest light is slightly behind the lions tail.
    If you see my reply to Gabriela above, you'd note my reasons for the (less than ideal) centred placement.

    Keeping everyone happy, my cropped from F/F 2-3 ratio version, although some of that glorious upper sky is lost.
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    Happy, yes, looks much better Marc. Works for me, and I think I like the lion bigger in the frame
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks, Marc. I like the cropped version much better. with love, artie

    ps: Had read you reply to Queen G :)
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    hi marc ... a real corker in terms of content .

    killer sky and silhouette , love it !!!!

    A

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