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Lion - Whats the matter!!

Lion - Whats the matter!!
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-20
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-17 9:03
Viewed: 3385
Points: 26
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During our morning game drive in Masai Mara, we saw a pride of lion resting to their glory. We decided we will go back to the same area to see the pride again in the evening, when we could only see this Juvenile frantically looking for the pride. It looked to me that he has lost all his family members and was desperate to find them. He was restless and scanned the entire area. We followed him to wherever he went but to dismay we lost him when he moved inside a huge bush next to the Mara river.

What i liked about the photo was the eye contact with him and his agressive look. I hope you all like to photo and thanks for standing by.

The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with an endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, across Eurasia from western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru. The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of thirty to fifty percent over the past two decades in its African range. Lion populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern.

Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their longevity. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. Lions are apex and keystone predators, although they scavenge as opportunity allows. While lions do not typically hunt humans, some have been known to do so.

Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognized by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture. Depictions have existed from the Upper Paleolithic period, with carvings and paintings from the Lascaux and Chauvet Caves, through virtually all ancient and medieval cultures where they once occurred. It has been extensively depicted in sculptures, in paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature. Lions have been kept in menageries since Roman times and have been a key species sought for exhibition in zoos the world over since the late eighteenth century. Zoos are cooperating worldwide in breeding programs for the endangered Asiatic subspecies

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Hi Sujoy
Impressive animal and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hi sujoy,

He may be warning you 'dont follow me'.
Nice picture of a lion wth good POV.
Welldone & TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-17 9:55]

Hello Sujoy,
A fine capture of a juvenile Lion taken from a great POV in a nice pose.
Though the overhead lighting was difficult it created a fine effect of light and shade. The sharpness and natural colours are great and the composition in the natural habitat pleasing.
Thanks and kind regards,

Ciao Sujoy, splendid portrait of lovely lioness, great light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Great light fo the queen! Good sharp an interesting wild environment.


Hi Sujoy
great eye contact and lovely compo, imho the whitish sky is a bit disturbing so I tried a ws

Hallo Sujoy
Although I did not have the time as yet to critique your photos my eye has always caught them while peeking through the gallery when I have a minutes. The type of photos you place at the moment brings back wonderful memories of our trips to the Kruger National Park and some of the scenes are ones that we missed out on. This particular image of the lioness looking back at you is really special. I must say that her shiny fur is really eye-catching which is proof that she is healthy. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-18 4:08]

Hi Sujoy,
nice capture with the glance that produces a lively presentation. Your experience in Kenya must be very exciting. Looking at the shot you posted, it is lively and meaningful.
Good elements in its surrounding to depict the life in its natural place.
well seen.


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  • v4vjk (51)
  • [2011-02-18 4:59]

wow, nice photo

Hello Sujoy,
What a interesting capture with splendid details and very good focus.
The colors, sharpness and exposure are great.
Lovely composition with a superb animal.
Thanks for sharing!

hello Sujoy
great pose with good details and good sharpness
verygood naturel colours
greeting lou

Bonjour Sujoy,
Très belle attitude du sujet prise à l'instant décisif sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Sujoy, great capture of this lion. Perfect the image despite the difficulty of bringing an animal so dangerous. Very nice light and perfect details. All the best, Paul

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