Critique Lion portraits

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Somehow these images seemed to call out for B&W processing.....something I seldom do.

#1 An old male lion....their mane turns much darker with age....
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#2 A young male lion, brother to #3
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#3 Another young male lion, brother to #2
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Gotta love those tight crops!
Thanks, Mike. Actually these are full frame straight out of the camera with no or extremely minor cropping. And the first image was taken using "only" using a 400mm focal length!!! LOL!
 
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Beautifully done, nice choice on post processing.
At least in my own work, I have found you can really go heavy on sharpening of hair in black and white- you almost have to try and oversharpen hair. Topaz ai sharpen does really nice work with hair/fur in black and white. You may want to give it a try. Doesn't work in color though.
The random torn corner vignette look works well here.
Again, really nice images- and yes you were tooooooo close.
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Stunning b&w series, Karen!
Although the brothers are adorable, the old lion is really outstanding!

See, some things do improve with age...
At least for the lions :rolleyes:
 

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Excellent portraits...nice to get so close!

Glenn
Hi! Thanks! I've been missing you around here!!!!!!
Way over the top.
Ahhhh......THANKS, Louie!
Beautifully done, nice choice on post processing.
At least in my own work, I have found you can really go heavy on sharpening of hair in black and white- you almost have to try and oversharpen hair. Topaz ai sharpen does really nice work with hair/fur in black and white. You may want to give it a try. Doesn't work in color though.
The random torn corner vignette look works well here.
Again, really nice images- and yes you were tooooooo close.
Gary
Thanks for the suggestion, Gary. I always worry I sharpen too much! Appreciate the encouragement!
Very nice. I really like that second one. I'd like to pet him on...well...maybe not. Well done!
Hi, Bobby! Thanks!
superb work
Thanks, Randy. It was so nice to finally be able to photograph some. Last time I picked up a camera was July!
Super stuff, karen. The first is beyond awesome.
Appreciate it, Nick!
Stunning b&w series, Karen!
Although the brothers are adorable, the old lion is really outstanding!

See, some things do improve with age...
At least for the lions :rolleyes:
You are one of our B&W masters! Thank you so much !
This is really a well done set of images, Karen. Composition and processing work well. Great job.
Thanks, Dan. All the composition was done in camera....full frame.
Super, Karen!!
Hey, Terri! Thanks!
 
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