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Looking Ahead
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): African Felines, Great cats - Grandes felinos, 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Felidae of the world: First series, Wild cats portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-25 8:09
Viewed: 6023
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Panthera leo needs no introduction – there are few, if any, who have never heard of or seen at least a picture of a lion. Although they are my least favourite felines, when one does present a proper pose, I just love snapping away. Gerhard, Japie, et al have written a lot about these tawny cats, so I will not bore you. The Rhino Park, just 30 km west of us, has some of the most beautiful males that I have seen for a long time, at least five big ones with manes like these. The whole pride was taking some time out, all of them flat cats with closed eyes, when we stopped next to them. As it was close to lock-up time, the rangers came to pick-up the gatekeepers. The lions know this is the bakkie that brings their food; so the whole tribe got up and were looking in anticipation towards the vehicle. [A bakkie is what we call a LDW in SA. It refers to all small, open-backed trucks of less than 1 tonne Tara.] The grass is quite long, because there are no game to keep it down. We have had no rain to speak of yet, hence very little green in the veldt.
We took my Mom and our kids for a late drive. She needed something to take her mind off my Dad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, everyone who expressed their condolences for our loss with the passing away of my Dad. I really appreciate the warm and comforting words & thoughts expressed, implied & received. Since my Dad had his birthday in August, we as kids often referred to him as the Old Lion. We buried him in the hills overlooking a long valley, so he can look “forever, far into the future”, so to speak.
SHOOTING DETAILS
Venue – Rhino Park, Muldersdrift
Date 220h November 2004
Time 16h14
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 400 & & ±0 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 320 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/. 250 @ F9
Flash – Built-in TTl on camera
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – HANDHELD
Little bit of cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

ellis49, RAP, marhowie, red45, JeanMichel, Luc, willie, Xalkida, gerhardt, Robbrown, AndyB, sandpiper2, Lourens, AdrianW, coasties, Runnerduck, archanabhimasen has marked this note useful
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Hi Callie , nice to have you back.
I've missed you alot.
Great post with very nice colours, composition and good details. Very good pose and a great note.
Excellent work.

What a nice cat :-)
Great shot very good details, you maybe could have removed the green part on his back.
Very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-25 8:14]

Very poignant title Callie and a very strong image, it suggests your frame of mind is too. I can't really say much critically about it. Very well done and I'm glad to see you posting again.

Callie, A magnificent shot that displays Panthera leo in all its glory. I like your title as we near this years end...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2643 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2004-11-25 10:00]

'Look at me - I am the King. I don't speak to poor humans like you.'. Majestic pose. Clear beauty.

Nice to have you back here, Callie. Majestuous is the first word coming out here. This real king seems to be part of the surrounding nature with all colors merging into one another. Feline touch, plus class!
I'm sympathizing with you, Callie. Take care.

Excellent expression, and love the way the grass points into his face. Shame about the green bit, but ... thats photography.

With the exception of the green seetrough patches this is picture perfect, nice pose, good mane, nice color tones.
I`m sorry to hear about your loss.
Dumnezeu sa-l ierte pe tatal tau ! - ,,May God forgive it all to your father !,, condoleanceas in my native Romanian.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-25 12:06]

Excellent as always Callie. Nice to see your posts again. Hope you'll be back again soon.

It's one of the most beautiful amateur photo of a lion that I'll ever seen! Very succesful shot dear Callie. The colors are very bright and vivid! Good shot!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-25 12:35]

Gran regreso... con una imagen atípica.
Una fascinante coloracion en composicion con el entorno que brinda una extraña atmósfera.
Me gusta mucho... gracias Callie.

Great return... with an atypical image.
A fascinating coloration in composition with the surroundings that offer a strange atmosphere.
I like me very much... thanks Callie.

Good to see you posting Callie. This second innings opening is a fabulous post. Everything here is just perfect. The most striking is the pose and the colours blending nicley. Very well done, hope you get time to post regularly soon.

Fabulous return shot callie this blonde maned lion is spot on gives real meaning to pride in a lion

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-25 21:28]
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A great capture of this fine majestic animal.
Lovely colours and detail.
Superb.
Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-26 2:10]

This is simply stunning and even without your note it captured a whole lot of emotion. Excellent work.

Thanks for posting

Great portrait of a fine looking male. The colour and composition is beautiful.

Simply amazing picture - how often you get to see these animals in your place ?

I have done a workshop - just maybe to improve the colors - but the image is really perfect anyway.

Thanks for posting.

Baie mooi foto, Callie. I like the way he is framed by the tall grass in the foreground. Mooi!!

What a pleasant shot! Very beautiful Callie, it looks very peaceful, seems to be posing for you. Although the shot is in only one tone it seems to be full of colour, I like ti very much. Thanks.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 303 N: 4301] (14767)
  • [2004-11-27 1:41]

All the things and the beings which surround us have a precise hidden purpose: the progressive demonstration of the Divine. Certain beings, as your lion, are the representation of a quiet Force.
The loss of a dear being returns us to our own mortality and makes that we wonder about the direction of our own existence. An aimless life is a life without Enjoyment. The most true purpose which I know it is to show gradually the Divine which is in me or to let the Divine show itself as He will want. I believe that it is necessary to hang on to certain certainties which allow us to throw all which is not essential.
They are reflections generated by your photo and your note.
Thank you Callie

Excellent shot! Poignant note too, I hope you're starting to feel better - you should, if for no other reason than for posting something this good, wow! Perfect pose. Focus, lighting and DOF are spot on too. My only slight nit is the OOF green leaf in front of the lion on the frame left - I'd consider cropping it (or colour painting), since it disturbs the otherwise golden flow of the image. Anyway brilliant capture :-D

Wow, Callie, he is a nice looking chap. Keeping a good lookout too. He blends with the background really well. Lucky you didn't fall over him! TFS.

The lion in the left, the reed in the other part, "one" colour and an "obstinate" look. beautiful shot, Callie, really nice !

This shot is truly stunning! This one looks so much like his name "king of beasts" So regal and powerful, yet in this scene seems so calm and serene. Great extensive note also. Excellent!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 478 W: 0 N: 16] (2615)
  • [2005-01-29 12:29]

Patrz±c na to zdjêcie nie ma sie w±tpliwo¶ci kto jest królem zwierz±t.

Beautiful shot of this animal Callie - it reflects the majesty of the lion really well

Great pic, the Lion looks like it is reflecting on some things.

There is one thing that I can say about a lion and that is - respect.

A stunning image, the colours are incredibly warm, and what a pose! He's obviously spotted something in the distance worth checking out.
I also like the windswept grass and mane.
Lovely stuff, thank you for posting.

Sorry to hear about your Father. For an 'Old Lion' this image was a wonderful tribute.

Hey Callie,
Wonderfully captured portrait. Indeed needs no introduction :-)

Wishing you a very happy 2007.
@rchana

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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