I think it is safe to say that I always want to be going on safari. But with everything going on right now, I am really grateful I don’t have any upcoming travel plans. I’d be very broken hearted if I had planned a trip for 6 or more months, which is what it normally seems to take, only to have to cancel it later on. Instead, I’ve had my head buried in books, moving towards finishing up the two classes that I have been working within the next week.
Perhaps all the extra schoolwork I have been doing is the reason lazy lions appealed to me to edit today. Who knows, but that is what I have to share today.
These were taken on several different game drives at different reserves; so if you haven’t been out with lions before, you can start to see a theme. They do spend a lot of time lounging around and resting. Something I am looking forward to next Sunday after I finish my exam. I don’t think I have it in me to manage lion style lounging for 22 hours or more, but a relaxed afternoon certainly sounds nice.
Stay safe, wishing you good health and a positive week ahead.
At the start of the month I shared a post with some images of leopards at night and this post is a follow-on to that, showing what images taken with a red spotlight filter look like.
I’ve done a lot of editing in the past of red spotlight filter images to black and white, as I find they turn out to be stunning (there are a few examples of lions at night in my gallery that were done this way) but I wanted to leave these as is, and do the best I could with editing the images, because seeing them this way gives another real life look at what being on safari, and on a night game drive in particular, can be like.
I hope you have enjoyed, and wishing you a safe and healthy week ahead. Take care.
The one difference here is this was shot under a red spotlight, whereas the images shared yesterday were either with a spotlight without a colour filter, or under natural available light. I’ll be working on some more of the images shot under red light shortly, and share them as a separate post.
Leopards are generally more active at night than during the daytime, which can make for challenging, yet thrilling, sightings when you are out on a game drive. I am always interested first in enjoying the sighting, with the photos coming second, but that’s not to say that I don’t like to try and capture images under these more challenging conditions.
Conditions vary whether it is dawn / dusk or at night; dawn and dusk images may be able to be captured with the ambient light available, but will generally need a really high ISO and as such be noisy. Those captured after dark will generally be lit by spot light, sometimes with a red filter, so there can be strange colour casts, blown out highlights and all sorts of other challenges. But, if you are capturing images in that situation, you are witnessing an apex predator in its natural environment, and what could be better than that?
I hope you enjoy my selection of images for the day; wishing everyone a great week, and a great month ahead.