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Mock Mating

Mock Mating
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-12-03 4:23
Viewed: 3797
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mock mating
During our 2011 holiday in the Etosha National Park we followed a Pride of Lions from one waterhole to another. The pride consisted of two large males (rarely seen near the pride or just out of reach of my photographic equipment), one adolescent male, two large females and eight cubs. Early one morning while waiting for the lions to come and drink water at the Chudop waterhole, I noticed the adolescent male “mock mating” with one of the larger female cubs. The light was still very bad at that stage but I managed to snap off two shots.
Enjoy and comments are welcome,

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wonderful moment and scene, an impressive performance!
regards, Nasos

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-03 4:57]
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hello Carl,
How impressive, a great shot! You caught this powerful scene in an excellent manner, with a beautiful light and you had an excellent point of view.
Even technically not absolutely perfect, it is a most well presented and interesting posting.
Thanks and kind regards

Bonjour Carl,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage harmonieusement restituée dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Carl, fantastic light on nice scene, romantic atmosphere, wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Carl
The "action" in this shot is captured well just how it should be in nature. Although you did not have the best light everything clearly visible. I like the angle in which you shot this image, I also like the visibility of the dust as they move about. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Carl
very good picture with great details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Carl,
Allow me to courteously differ from yours and some of the other remarks about the light here. For me it is excellent and the illumination in the low early morning light is fabulous. It gives wonderful amosphere and, together with the perfect exposure and the activity, results in a really great image. What a pleasure to view.

Hi Carl, Superb lighting and i just love this early morning or late afternoon warm light, excellent capture of what could be a premature attempt of doing the deed heehe, great effort here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Carl,
What a great moment. You were there on the right place in the right time. Beautiful light and good sharpness. A pity that there's a bit noise in the background, but with Neat Image or Photoshop you can blur this easily. Taken from a good low and frontal POV.

Hello Carl
Impressive scene with good composition and very good sharpness.

Hello Carl,
Another masterpiece from close range.....with excellent sharpness and exceptional details.
The composition, the light and exposure are perfect.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-03 11:29]

Hello Carl.
Very nice shot of this mating ritual. Excellent composition. The POV, DOF and details are very good. Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-03 16:04]

HI Carl,a very lucky meeting and a great capture in a difficult backlight.Great sharpness,colors and very very nice composition too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
Great timing for this image taken in difficult light condition. Great POV and good composition, too. Well done!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-04 5:23]

Wonderful image of this couple, Carl!!
Great sharpness and fantastic warm light; splendid colours and excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Carl,
A very lovely scene, beautiful lighting and great sharpness, very well seen and well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

Gracias por tus amables comentarios a mi fotografía Carl.
En tu toma veo un buen aprovechamiento de la luz, que además
da mucho realismo al conjunto. Tierana escena.
Saludos Josep Ignasi.

very impressive shot, I never seen this type of shot! very informative note.

Dear Carl,
I guess, we could just title it "Foreplay". :-)

Thanks for sharing, and I add it to my theme "Animals' sex life" .

I love the view of the big, padded paws, and the scarred face of the male makes me think, he is a wife's thief .

First time I see lions in this phase of interaction.

Best wishes

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