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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.

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22 thoughts on “Leo under the Sun

  1. tranquilmomentsphotography on said:

    Don’t you just hate it when that happens. You take a nice photo and get home, load it on your computer and bang, there is a spot. You were able to pull this off nicely tho. 🙂

  2. Been there, have the trash folder to show for it! Great work salvaging this photo!

  3. All of those shapes! Lovely!

  4. You did a great job capturing all the details of the lion, even if that wasn’t your original intent.

  5. Nick, I love this photo. But it’s kind of freaky because:

    Today my Hubs pointed out a fountain while I had been looking at the brick work on a 100+y/o building. I already had several shots of multiple interesting varieties of bricks and patterns. I quickly got the shot of: a window in the background ablaze with light (your sun) and an intricate statue (your lion) all against the brick. Thankfully my lens was smudge-less 😉 That’s an erie coincidence. I wonder how many other photogs shot the same subject today.

    My composition is not great. It was taken from the car while we were stopped at a red light. Hubs thought we should come back and I could try again when we can park the car and walk to where I need to be to get the “great shot.”

    • Shez, I always love hearing the story of you two out and about! Its so great he supports you in such a great way! that is an erie coincidence, and it does make me wonder how many have shot a similar scene as this today.

  6. The history of the photo is good, but the only downpoint is really that there are too many interests in the photo that take your eyes away from the main topic… cropping would give you 2 good photos 😀

  7. Good textures on the lion’s head.

  8. sorry about the smudge 😦 i keep telling myself that i should carry a cloth with me at all times and occasionally wipe the lens just in case, but i never actually do it.
    love this shot, almost looks like a painting and the composition provides a lot of movement even though the subject matter is fairly flat.
    p.s. i saw that circle as a moon too, before i read what you wrote

    • Yea, the funny thing is I had my cloth with me, just didnt see it through the view finder, and I dont chimp much which could be a catch 22 lol. Thanks for the kind comment 🙂

  9. Wonderful capture!! Love the diagonal line too!

  10. nativesunphotography on said:

    Awesome picture.

  11. Before I leave the house, I clean the lens I’m going to carry with me, plus the filters (if I think I’ll need them). Keep a cloth also, because wiping the lens with your shirt isn’t always a good idea. And keep your fingers away from the front of the camera 🙂 The less work I have to do when I get back home with the image the better. I learned this the hard way….I still come across an old image now and then where I didn’t practice this and now have to spend additional time removing smudges, spots and streaks (in addition to anything else I want to do with the image). Nice shot – wonder what the rest would look like before the crop, though the composition here looks fine as is…

    • Thanks Stephen, I agree its great practice to be fully prepared going out.. Im still not quite sure what happened with this smudge, but hey you just learn to work with what you got in instances like this 🙂

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