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King of beasts – Black & White version by Owed to Nature

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A male lion (Panthera leo) in his prime, majestic and powerful standing guard over his prey.
A classic image from the African savanna, presented here in classic black & white.

This is a monochromatic version of King of beasts.
Warning: only view the color original if you are not offended by images of natural predation. The reality and brutality of life in the wild is graphically visible in color where the lion’s kill – a wildebeest carcass – is prominently and vividly seen in the grass at the lion’s feet.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Shot using: Canon EOS Digital Rebel (the original!)
Canon EF75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens

Converted to Black & white with Adobe Photoshop

Featured by the groups
The World As We See It Or as we missed it September 25 2012
Wild Cats In Their Environment July 4 2013

Top Ten Challenge Winner
The World As We See It , or as we missed it. Nature in Black and White September 2012


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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    looks great in Black and White, fantastic shot, were you close by xx

  • Thank you Lynn. Luckily there are good long zoom lenses to get me close enough for the shot but not as close as that unfortunate wildebeest got. ;-) I’m pleased with how this turned out as I feel the black and white adds a classic mood to his majestic posture. How wonderful to get your vote of confidence, my friend!

    – Owed to Nature

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

  • Thank you Tony!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 2 years ago

    This is so beautiful, Sylvia. The textures and subtle tones you’ve captured are wonderful. The black and white really draws attention to how incredible their camouflage can be. Beautiful work!

  • What lovely and welcome comments! I struggled with this for a while … black and white is deceivingly hard to do! But it’s fascinating how it transforms an image. I still like the image in color but I know many are made uncomfortable by the carcass he’s guarding, no matter how authentic and natural it is, it can be hard to see. But I like the way B/W transcends all that, simplifies things and puts the focus back on that majestic, big-maned creature! ;-) Thank you so much Damienne.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 2 years ago

    Wow…fabulous capture!

  • Thank you Wendi! Your comments mean a lot and are so appreciated. B/W is hard work (at least for me) so I’m so heartened and encouraged by your wonderful words. Thanks You! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dan MacKenzie
    Dan MacKenzieover 2 years ago

    Excellent choice for b&w Sylvia! You can just feel the strong contrast between predator and prey, life and death in the wild.

  • Oh, what wonderful words Dan. I’m touched and honored to receive your thoughtful comments. With your firsthand experience of Africa, means so much to read your comments and enjoy a shared passion for an incredible land.

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much Pops! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

    Nature in B&W challenge. October 2012

  • Thank you very much Trish for this wonderful news! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations! Your work has just been featured!
    Plese view and participate in comments

  • Thank You so much Magaret for featuring and supporting my work! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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