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The Stare

The Stare
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Copyright: Johan Swanepoel (duckpond) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 29 N: 73] (323)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-10 16:03
Viewed: 4729
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another lion (Pantera Leo).

This male lion lives in the Rhino and Lion park outside of Krugersdorp in South Africa. He is huge probably close to 250kg

He was lazing about when we found him (luckily not sleeping like the rest of them). Maybe he is also a great thinker like his earlier posted cat family member Socrates...

Interesting Note:
In heraldry lions symbolise; valour, bravoury and strength.

Shot Details:
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 135/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-12-03 15:53'

1 Adjusted the levels
3 Adjusted the curves a tad to get the darks a bit brighter. This is my first time with the curves hope you like it.


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  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-10 16:05]

Fantastic shot Johan,
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-10 16:21]

Hi Johan,
Excellent portrait!
Very good side lighting, nice colours,
great framing.
Well done and TFS!

Hello Johan
Excellent portrait - I like the tight crop. There does seem to be a keen intelligence in those eyes.

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-11 4:25]

Hello Johan, the lion's pose is excellent, showing you how much he is ignoring you - but really knows you are there. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Brilliant photo. The colours are excellent. Composition is good.


  • Good 
  • evdm (40)
  • [2005-12-12 4:56]

Beautifull Photo. I am scared that he will see me looking at him.

Excellent colours.

Well done. I love the composition, with the eye clearly staring at something!


Very nice capture!Details and light are wonderful.
Thanks for posting...

Hello again...
Nice pic... razorsharp.
Has to be told that IMO the little green part down to the left should be 'cropped away'!?;-)
Well done..

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