The lions missed this one...

by Stefan Fletcher March. 05, 2012 3031 views

Canon 5DII + 16-35 mm f/2.8 L mk II. Post-processing in LR3. Arles, August 2011.

I suppose even wild beasts fed on lettuce for a month just can’t find the space for that one last christian, not to mention the “waffer-theen meent” without which a good old-fashioned martyrdom is, well, tasteless. So they let this one get away. There’s always plenty more where they came from.

The arènes in Arles are a scaled-down version of Rome’s Colosseum, but were still large enough to form a distinct community in the Middle Ages. Restoration work began in the early 19^th^ century under the impetus of the man whose novel was turned into a world-famous opera: Carmen.

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Ray King 8 years, 10 months ago

Great image! Seeing the lion would have been more powerful!

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years, 10 months ago

The title of the photo definitely makes the viewer smile.
It also makes me suspect that you are the lion, since you are standing where he ought to be.

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years, 10 months ago

Ever the gladiator ... followed by a mere "click"!
I like the subject matter, the humour and the fact it's black and white.

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Nick Cavell 8 years, 10 months ago

Interesting contrasts/similarities with the previous post, deliberate or otherwise. You certainly set yourself an interesting technical challenge in this one, following on from SADHYA's comment it would be good to explain in more detail how you achieved it.

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Sadhya Rippon 8 years, 10 months ago


Masterful control of the light and dark areas Stefan. My guess is that you exposed for the highlights and then revealed the shadow detail during editing, and if so, it is beautifully achieved.
But what a chilling subject matter.

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David Swatton 8 years, 10 months ago

It is a struggle to find committed lions these days. I am very much a fan of the "random passer-by" as a compositional element and this shot is all the more effective for it. I also like the retention of some detail in the interior without blowing out the highlights of "outside".

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Bryan 8 years, 10 months ago

Another great shot where the person makes it all that much better. Thought provoking title (and humorous, at least in my head) The light dancing across the stone and then slowly falling is what keeps me staring at this photo. I always learn something new with your shots, photographically and educationally:)

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