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African Lioness

African Lioness
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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: 2011-08-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-30 10:32
Viewed: 3753
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
May you have a wonderful and prosperous 2012. May we all realise and appreciate the wonder of Photography and enjoy it as it should be enjoyed, with pleasure and honesty.
Best regards,
We were out very early (05:30 AM) one morning in Etosha National Park. We were planning on going to Nebrowni which was a morning waterhole for photographers. Being the first there I picked a nice spot and settled for a long wait. Looking into the distance to observe the Zebras coming from the plains to drink, this Lioness suddenly stood up where she was drinking. I recognised her due to the scar above her left eye as the Lioness that went missing from a Lion pride that we were following a few days before. I realised why she left the pride, . . she was about to give birth. As the golden desert sun’s first rays fell upon her golden coat I was lucky to take about 30 shots.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

The Lioness
The average gestation period is around 110 days, the female giving birth to a litter of one to four cubs in a secluded den (which may be a thicket, a reed-bed, a cave or some other sheltered area) usually away from the rest of the pride. She will often hunt by herself while the cubs are still helpless, staying relatively close to the thicket or den where the cubs are kept. The cubs themselves are born blind—their eyes do not open until roughly a week after birth. They weigh 1.2–2.1 kg (2.6–4.6 lb) at birth and are almost helpless, beginning to crawl a day or two after birth and walking around three weeks of age. The lioness moves her cubs to a new den site several times a month, carrying them one by one by the nape of the neck, to prevent scent from building up at a single den site and thus avoiding the attention of predators that may harm the cubs.
Usually, the mother does not integrate herself and her cubs back into the pride until the cubs are six to eight weeks old. However, sometimes this introduction to pride life occurs earlier, particularly if other lionesses have given birth at about the same time. For instance, lionesses in a pride often synchronise their reproductive cycles so that they cooperate in the raising and suckling of the young (once the cubs are past the initial stage of isolation with their mother), who suckle indiscriminately from any or all of the nursing females in the pride.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-30 10:49]

Hi Carl,the Queen of the savana is the best to celebrate the last pic of the year! Magnificent capture whit very impressive details,sharpness and beautiful colors.I wish you all the best me too and thanks for share,Luciano

Splendid image, Carl!
Great sharpness and perfect POV; wonderful warm colours and light; a beauty!!
Interesting note.(I'm sorry I have finished the points)
Happy new year!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-30 10:58]

very nice closeup!

Hello Carl,
What a splendid photo with lovely details.
Absolutely amazing colors and exceptional contrast.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.

Ciao Carl, great portrait of superb female in lovely pose, beautiflul warm colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2012, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-12-30 12:17]

Superb capture Carl!
The low lateral POV, the pose, the eye contact, the lighting, natural colours, sharpness and DOF all contribute to a magnificent portrait of this African Lioness.
Thanks and happy hunting in 2012!

Hi Carl,
what a nice photo of this animal. Excellent point of view. Great sharpness and details.
Happy New Year,

Hello Carl,
Another perfect capture from you taken from a very good low POV with eye contact. Beautiful natural colours, outstanding sharpness and details. Well done! Happy new year.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-30 12:55]

Hello Carl,
Great photo. You've taken it from an excellent POV in good sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Beautiful blurry background too. Nice eye contact.
Happy New Year to you and your family,

Hallo Carl,
a superb portrait of this African Lioness, outstanding sharpness and marvellous warm colour tones, point of view and composition are excellent
Happy New year
Ciao Maurizio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-30 21:50]

Hello Carl, and "Happy New Year"
I really like the soft amber morning light shown in this awesome shot. Love her intense gaze and wonderful detail you managed to capture. I at first thought she had a large belly due to a good meal the night before, until I read your notes about her being ready to give birth. Well done!!

Another beautiful photo of an impressive African animal Carl! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.
My best wishes for a Happy New Year

Hi Carl,
Wonderful image of this lioness. This top of the food chain is magnificent. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Carl

Excellent close-up photo of the African Lioness
with a fine low POV at her level and giving a
expressive eye-contact, great focus sharpness details, TFS

Wonderful Year 2012 for you also


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-01 2:15]

Hi Carl.
Happy New Year to you and many wonderful shots in 2012 as this one. Pose of the animal, its glance as well as all other details are perfect. Well done and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-01 7:19]

Hello Carl,
What a touching story and fine picture which go with your wishes. Thanks so much!
You had a fine light too to take your shots of this vigilant lioness. Natural and fine wild animal shot.
All the best for you and your family too.
Kind regards

Hello Carl,
great capture of this Lion with beautiful warm light and wonderful colours. I also like the good sharpness and the fine eye contact.
I wish you a Happy New Year 2012,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-01 18:06]

Hello Carl!
An absolutely stunning pic! Great job and great notes too! Bravo! Well done!
Happy New Year and many thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hi Boet,
What a fantastic image of this beautiful lioness. The colours are stunning and the sharpness and clarity is excellent. May you be blessed in 2012 with health and happiness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-01-02 8:00]

Hello Carl,
What a fine image showing this Lioness fully pregnant! Great eye contact and details are very sharp. Beautiful light and colours too.
TFS and best wishes for the coming year, Ulla

Hello Carl,
A wonderful close up of this lioness captured from perfect low POV with nice colours, great light and excellent sharp details. I also like the eye contact.
Happy new year!
Best regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-03 5:32]

Hallo Carl,
Lion Stance ..
Superb focus and sharpness. Beautiful colours and light. Great POV and warm colors .
Happy new year!

Magnífica fotografía Carl. La pose del animal y sobre todo las luces
crean un ambiente serio y misterioso. Buena disposición del elemento
principal y un formato adecuado. Buen trabajo !
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

great colours and great pose of your subject.
a happy new year to you...

Hi Carl,

The subject is well framed. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the lioness. The quality of the light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Carl, this is such a stunning photo of this lioness. Excellent detail, POV and sharpness. Have a great week, Bill

Hi Carl,

Wow what awesome warm colour saturation you have captured here my good friend, fabulous pose and looks like something has caught her attention hmmm i hope its not you, you must have been close using your 300mm lens eheheh :(, superb sharpness with good clarity, excellent work here Carl and very well done,

Hi Carl,
I don't even find the words to tell how much I like this image. Early morning lights, the lioness' pose, all the technical details are simply superb and unbeatable. Hats off of you. Excellent photo.
Best regards, László

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