Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

One of the things I love about photography is that you never know where or if you will find a treasured image – one that recalls the experience you had, the magic of the moment or the splendor of the subject.  Even in a place like Africa where the opportunities are endless, you never know if you will get that one “keeper”.  Even after you go through your photos a couple of times that treasure may still elude you.  That kind of happened to me as I went through my Africa portfolio – there are MANY that I think are good photos and capture the moment well but I was hoping to get at least one that I could have printed professionally to put in our own living room.  It wasn’t until I started doing a first cut of post- processing on some of the photos that I stumbled upon this one that I really liked.  I had taken a photo of a male lion sitting in the grass of the Serengeti – the light wasn’t great and he wasn’t doing much but he had this very wispy mane that I liked.  I decided to see what it would be like as a simulated oil painting using some of the photoshop tools and came up with the image below.  I love the expression in the lion’s face and the way his mane translates into brush strokes…….  I  have sent this away to be printed and am anxiously awaiting its return – hopefully to become a treasured part of our living room decor.

Serengeti Treasure

Serengeti Treasure

29 responses

  1. This is amazing photography, im not surprised you treasure this handsome creature. Stunning work & edits! 🙂

    February 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    • Amanda – I appreciate your comment! I have another photo of the same lion that I took a couple of seconds before this one and processed completely differently – in B&W. I really like that photo also but this one really talks to me… 🙂

      February 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

  2. fantastic shot!

    February 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

  3. Amazing shot. Thanks for sharing.

    February 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    • Thanks Nancy – it is totally my pleasure!

      February 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

  4. Incredible, wonderful image !

    February 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    • Thanks Max. He kinda posed nicely and I was lucky enough to catch it. I must admit that the processing I did to it was lucky – a week before I took this I didn’t even know that there was a way to simulate an oil painting!

      February 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

  5. I just love it, Scott! So gorgeous! I’d love to share on my blog with credit to you — would that be ok?? Thanks for making me smile again today!

    February 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

    • Marina – you are more than welcome to use this on your blog – and thanks for making Me smile with your comments!

      February 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  6. Steve Deutsch

    this photo is wonderful. i very much enjoy our narrative as well.

    February 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    • Thanks Steve – you’ll get to see a lot more on Monday evening!

      February 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

  7. Magnificent, majestic. Fantastic image

    February 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    • Thanks Thomas – I really enjoyed looking through your images also!

      February 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

  8. Love this photo too. I love the expression you captured on the lion’s face.

    February 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    • Thanks Colline – we saw MANY, MANY lions during our trip but this is the only one that had such an unusual pose. His windblown hairdo was also “fetching”…..

      February 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

      • I agree with you on that 🙂

        February 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  9. I see why you treasure this – and I wasn’t even there. Beautiful. The way he’ s looking upwards makes his expression very unusual for a lion – at least I think so. I have never tried photoshop…

    February 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    • Ann-Christine – yup – the expression is everything. My friends always wonder why I take quick sequences of photos of an animal – it is in the hopes of catching that one, fleeting look. I normally use photoshop sparingly – as a matter of fact I used the “oil painting” tool for the first time only a few days before I took this photo. I really liked the effect on the hair….

      February 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

  10. simply superb!

    February 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

  11. Did you take this photo. What a blessing to get to go to Africa I have friends that just went last year.

    February 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    • Melody – I did take it….and I am indeed blessed. We really had an amazing trip and saw amazing things. I was lucky enough to capture some of them with my camera yet still take the time to enjoy the experience!

      February 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

  12. This is a fantastic image

    February 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • Thanks Nora! I once saw a quote from a professional photographer that said “if you want to take better pictures, go stand if front of better subjects…” That is true in this case…. 🙂

      February 16, 2014 at 11:31 am

  13. autisticaplanet

    I would be surprised if you didn’t have enough wonderful photos to line ll the walls in your house as well as all the neighbors! You really should consider selling your prints. Do you participate in any photo contests? If so, can you share where? This looks like something out of National Geographic.

    February 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    • Hi Allison – Thanks for your very kind comments. We live in a very small house with not much wall space. In addition, over the years we have purchased some reasonable (inexpensive but nice) art which has had a long term place on our walls. Over the last year or so, I think some on my photos (especially when connected to our own experiences) have rivaled that art. About two months ago, I replaced on old print we had framed with one of my own prints – it is in a hallway where no-one but me is likely to notice it. This Africa photo (hopefully) will be the first one that gets a prominent place in the house where maybe other people can also see and enjoy it. I’ve also had other photos printed and given them to friends with a particular interest in one of my subjects. I’ve sold a few photos to magazines and donated some to good causes but otherwise haven’t pursued the sales thing – its not that I haven’t thought about it, but I’m not sure its worth the effort it might take – besides, I would only sell things at my cost to produce them – I have no desire to “make money” in photography . I feel the same about contests. I also produce a calendar every year for my friends that seems to be popular as people keep asking me for more of them. In any case, I’m very happy that the people that come to this blog enjoy my hobby – If I were to formally offer to produce any of my prints, I would probably offer them to people here first. Again, thank you so much for your comment – it has made my day!

      February 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

      • autisticaplanet

        It is wonderful that you share your art with those around you.

        February 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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