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Ambush!


Ambush!
Photo Information
Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Felidae of the world: First series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-07 5:21
Viewed: 5039
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lion
Panthera leo

The largest of Africa’s three big cats are unmistakable. Many notes have been written on this regarding these cats. I will keep mine short. Lion photos can so easily be “just another lion photo” and one has to make sure that it has a special quality or action involved. I visited the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve a while back and had the chance to meet this “little fella” hiding in the grass while his mom was feeding. He stalked the vehicle and I thought this photo portrayed just that. I hope it’s not just “another lion photo” and that you like this “Stalker”

Lion’s has no fixed breeding season. 1-4 cubs (rarely six) weighting about 1,5kg are dropped after a gestation period of 110 days. Adult pride females conceive at about the same time, with the advantage that the cubs can suckle from any lioness that is lactating. Cubs remain with the mother for about two years.

When a new dominant male takes over a pride he usually kills the younger male cubs. While feeding they have a pecking order, males first then females then the young. It has been recorded that if a male are disturbed by a youngster while feeding he will viciously retaliate. Often breaking the cubs back or killing it outright.

I hope you enjoy the post.

red45, ellis49, jossim, PDP, sAner, marhowie, Callie, Fisher, carper, Luc, liquidsunshine, Signal-Womb, rlortie, deud has marked this note useful
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To Callie: Dankie Calliegerhardt 1 02-08 05:15
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Luckily you were still able to post this shot Gerhard. She looks intent on eating either you or your camera. Excellent DOF and very nice composition. Good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-07 5:45]

Nice cub, Gerhard! Real ambusher, I like its face and pose. Great composition with lion partially hidden by grass. Looks like you had got hot time :-)

Very good Gerhard.
I like it very much, I never get tired to look at your pictures.
Great POV, composition, very good details and colours. Very good and informative note.
Great work.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-02-07 5:50]

Nice shot Gerhard, is he hungry? He does look hungry!! Great capture and compsition. Great Job!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-07 5:54]

Beau portrait animalier. Le regard est très intéressant. J'aime les herbes devant le visage ça donne un petit coté sauvage à la prise. Merci pour l'envoi et bonne journée.

Hy is pragtig, dit lyk nes 'n kat !!

He looks like he is just playing with you, hiding, and then, JUMPING..

How far were you away ??

Groetnis
Elize

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-07 6:23]

Well, it work for me...I think it's a great picture of a stalking manouvere. Well seen Gerhard and wel executed. I like the low POV, make you feel like the hunted. Good work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-07 6:34]

Excellent shot. Great composition and presentation. It was a risk as the blurred grass could have been a distracting point in the photo. It wasn't. :) I bet you were pretty far away since you were able to live and tell (read: post this picture). TFS

Gerhard, Yes, I like it very much. You've composed the shot very well & the blades of grass fanned across only the bottom portion of the face give the illusion of "stealth"! Great sharpness & detail - Well done!!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-07 9:14]

Hi, Gerhard. So here we have another cool shot. Needless to say that composition is just perfect. Very nice POV. It's not just another lion photo. And, after all, I see no problem in shooting just another lion photo. To me, they're always welcome, and I wish they were around for me to shoot.

Another great job of yours.

Lívio

Anticipation, excelent capture. What a look in the eyes. She sure is focused. A great ambush pose.
Well done on this composition.

Mike

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-07 10:55]

Very nice shot Gerhardt, I like the good composing of the shot, she is just looking too you behind the grasses, very nice pof and a good dof to, very good job, great note,

Yes, he is aiting for someone... :)
Great composition and very good catch, the combination of the bush and the Lion is very good.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-07 13:28]

Critique:
Personal assessment of the photo: a great one.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment: difficulty for the photographer during the capture: a not easy to capture with those things in front of the subject.
Personal assessment of the note: a great one.
Comment:
Yes, I enjoy the post.
Thanks

Nice shot Gerhard,
I wasn't sure about the grass in the FG at first, but it does give the photo something extra.
Nice POV, detail and capture
Thanks for posting

This is very nice indeed Gerhard. I like the way she is locked in focus between the grasses. Detail is stunning also. Well done.

Yes Gerhard I do enjoy the post. We do not have this kind of animals in Canada, and it's a pleasure to look at such a good picture. The grass in the foreground adds to the ambush theme and creates a dramatic effect. Very well done.

Dat werk nou so moet interfere met 'n mens se plesier! This is a very nice youngster, you can see the playfulness and also that you might quickly endup on the menu side of things, as he is no baby anymore. Nice with the bit of camo grass, right out of the environment, does not bother me at all.
Sorry about the bad light you had, I had not the best day either on Saturday.
The LBJ is A zitting, but could be a desert. It would be good to discuss it directly with Philip, as he will tell you the whys and maybes etc. I can let you have his number.
Sorry I write here, but time!
Groetnis
Callie

Great shot!
Do you think is she yawining? Are you so boring?

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-02-18 1:46]

nice, very nice. impressive. good composition. congratulations

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