Majestic Male Lion on a Mound

fine art image of a majestic male lion resting on large termite mound

After strolling right past our Land Rover, then mating with his lady friend, this majestic male enthroned himself on a large termite mound. A few minutes later the female killed a wildebeest, which he helped her devour. I think we should call him Riley – he got the life!

After some basic adjustments in Lightroom, I took this image into Viveza to try to enhance the the rich color contrast between the golden yellows of the lion and the deep blues of the background. While there, I lowered the structure of the background and then set a new control point to bring backĀ  the structure in the lion’s face.

color version of fine art male lion on termite mound

The color version edited in Nik Software’s Viveza.

I was still looking for something that would convey the majestic nature of of this regal beast. Ultimately I found what I was looking for using the “Film Noir 3” setting in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro .

For comparison, here is a jpeg of the original RAW file.

unedited RAW image

Here is a JPEG of the unedited RAW file.

So please let me know which version you like better.

About Mike

An Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop who loves to see what can be drawn out of a RAW file.
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