ARCHIVE 145 – ASLEEP IN THE ROAD (MONO)

 

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Adult male Lion sleeping on a track in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in western Kenya; Apr 1979.

This picture is really all about that thick and very powerful foreleg and paw, and the few flies taking the opportunity to openly forage “while the beast sleeps”. Because the underside of the foreleg and paw are a little paler than the rest of the animal, converting the shot to mono further separates the leg from the out of focus, slumbering face behind, which was my intention.

OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm (and from the safety of a vehicle!); Agfa CT18 colour slide; converted to mono in Silver Efex Pro.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

31 Responses to ARCHIVE 145 – ASLEEP IN THE ROAD (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    Wonderful, Adrian.

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  2. Sonali Dalal says:

    Such a wonderful portraiture!

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  3. Wonderful Adrian! That outstretched paw is great πŸ™‚

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sarah, I’m glad you like it – thank you! Adrian

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      • Trouble is, I’d want to cuddle him πŸ˜‰

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Good job you weren’t working on safaris then!!! … πŸ˜‰ … OMG, I joke about this, but (a very, very few) such things did happen, with appalling consequences. It may sound a strange thing to say, but it was a relief to return to England in that – other than aggressive bulls, stampeding cattle and maybe over excited horses – I never had to think about such things when roaming in the countryside, never had to think about what might be lurking behind the next bush! A πŸ™‚

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  4. Sorry, for colours, read shades… and lovely textures.

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  5. Brave! Not sure I’d want to sneak up on him to take a photo!!! Love the colours.

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Something about this rings a rather large bell with me and my considerable experience with a variety of cats through the years, and I feel this urge to gently tickle the hairs between the pads. I think, though, that one might well give heed to second thoughts on following through with such an impulse.

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  7. Doesn’t look very dangerous. πŸ˜‰
    Nice shot, bud.

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  8. paula graham says:

    Love how you took his picture…left us plenty for the imagination. Very good indeed. Like the processing too.

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  9. Excellent – I love the attention to detail. Sort of makes you want to go over and scratch him just behind the ears…

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      No, YOU go over and scratch him, James, he might give me an allergy! πŸ™‚ I remember a safari vehicle driving right up beside mating lions, whereupon the male precipitately disengaged and charged – well who wouldn’t??? – the van tried to flee but the lion was too quick, and I’ll never forget the crash of the huge raised forepaw as it hit the van’s bodywork – ha, interesting days those were! Apologies for this late reply – we’ve just returned from a few days on the Dorset coast. Adrian

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      • Wow! That would have scared me to death. I am pretty sure the male lion could get inside one of those vehicles if he really wanted to. That must have been terrifying Adrian.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Yes, terrifying, and also a very useful dose of reality, a real wake up call. Taking people on safari to see animals, we often saw all kinds of creatures in “relaxed mode”, and I sometimes had to remind my clients that this wasn’t a zoo, they were all wild, and dangerous too. There were instances of lions trying to get into open-topped vehicles – and a friend had a baby Thomson’s Gazelle, a darling little “Bambi” – but it had tiny little pin-sharp horns, and just having it playfully but my leg was really painful! A

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