Decided keep to keep it in color because of the greens and blues in the back ground, I could make its a Monochrome, buy editing it as a monochrome. But the color in the image made the decision for me.
The white on the right Heron, is exactly what I want you to look at then the lightness of the bird on the left. Then the light water makes you investigate the rest of the image before being drawn back to the bird on the right.
Fairly easy decision here, the color of the dry grass and the leopard were so similar that I waited to the leopard were in the shade so darkening them. They I over exposed by 2 stops to get the shade exposure correct, then made the leopards pop even more.
The only thing we any serious punch here is the Impala in the golden sunlight. Because the sun was very low the shadows are not very strong for this angle so I feel a monochrome would not work as well.
Your eye jumps straight to the red meat and the sunlight on the male lions manes … so colour is the deciding factor here
Dark bushes frame very light sand with a dark leopard walking, its an easy Black and white
Again back light work well for a monochrome, the rim light on the main against a dark background
example of a color image with backlight, decided to remain in color because of the string greens …
that pink tongue, the blue sky with green leaves and the dappled leopard makes this a color image for me …
Strong orange coat against a green background …
this would be stronger as a Black and white because there is strong contrast here, however I love the shades of brown and subtle greens ..