Embracing the Wind – David Lloyd – Featured Photographer @ PhotoBotos.com
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Here is one for all of you big cat lover’s out there. I love that it is in black and white (B/W). It adds more drama to the scene. B/W doesn’t always work for wildlife, but the master photographer’s seem to always get it right. Here is another image (CLICK HERE) by Mitchell Krog that illustrates this point. Please visit David’s website at http://davidlloyd.info to see more of his wonderful wildlife photography and read below to find out about his next visit to “The Dark Continent”.
I took this one early one morning at sunrise on the last day of a trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya in August 2009.
Lions are active mostly at dawn and dusk, and when the light shines at its best too. One morning when there did not appear to be too much on offer, we came upon this male lion and his lioness partner. He was one half of a mating pair, shortly after a kill, a little after sunrise.
He is not roaring or yawning, but scenting the female nearby. The light breeze and morning light played out some nice texture variations onto his flowing mane.
I often try to photograph as low as possible, this time I was scrunched up on the floor of the vehicle trying for the very lowest point. In processing, this was a photograph that leant itself better to black and white than it did of colour. Not every picture translates well to black and white, but this one did.
If you are interested in Photographing in the Masai Mara, I am hosting a photographic tour there this coming August, and you can find more info about this at http://davidlloyd.info/photo-tours/masai-mara-2012/