Her Majesty

ISO100 79mm f/4.5 1/200sec

The Mighty Lion! What an absolutely stunning ruler of the animal kingdom!

Our zoo just recently redid their africa exhibit to include these majestic beasts, and it definitely had me excited. I remember as a kid, watching the Lion King feeling like I wanted to grow up to rule the kingdom like Simba. I always seemed to walk a bit taller after watching the movie, building a sense of courageous self confidence from Simba’s adversity defying triumphs. But then the whole thing was lost when my sister started watching the movie 4 times a day… Evvvverrrry… Siiinnnggglleee… Daaaayyy!!! However I did see it recently again, when it came out in 3D and absolutely loved it! (Forever Young my peeps… Forever Young) Continue reading

Leo under the Sun

ISO 1600 50mm f/11 1/320sec

Unfortunately a vast majority of todays shots were lost to a mysterious smudge across half my lens. I didn’t realize it until I had opened the pictures up in Lightroom. Luckily with a small few I had taken the shot from a distance and had some room to crop. So, at the lose of a few other elements in the scene I am able to bring this photo to life while the others sit archived in the unpleasant accidents folder haha. You can actually see the ending of the smudge trail still to the bottom left of the lions head.

I do however still enjoy this scene, as I myself am a Leo, which is my total extent of knowledge on the subject of Zodiacs! It actually goes well with the circle, which I like calling a full moon, however being Ive shot in the midst of daylight I shall call it the sun. But either way it adds an extra sense of the mystical feeling of “The Signs” or so I would assume. The mixture of straight and diagonal lines bring a sort of simple complexity to the scene siding more with the moon rather than the much more complex lion. He stand apart from the rest as king of the beasts (or in this case the wall I suppose), and yet is connected enough to bring the whole piece together in a sort of Circle of life kind of thing, the mashing of the simplistic with the more complex.