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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5084 W: 166 N: 13009] (48434)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage, Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-09 10:24
Viewed: 5098
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the border of the Kruger NP eye in eye with this lion. Fortunately there was a thin iron fence between us because I was walking there. I made this photo through the fence. But my heart was booming.

Here the introduction of an interesting article by JON GRINNELL & KAREN McCOMB

“In some social mammals, loud calling not only serves to advertise ownership of a territory and attract mates but also plays a vital role in allowing social companions to maintain contact when they are separated by long distances. Under these circumstances, individuals that are not territory owners but that call in the context of social cohesion or mate attraction could risk inviting escalated contests from territorial competitors.
Nomadic male lions (Panthera leo) do not roar despite the likely importance of roaring in maintaining social ties with other males in their coalition, on which their subsequent reproductive success depends.
Instead, roaring is confined to males that are resident in prides and prepared to escalate in contest situations. Roaring is a flexible behaviour that is sensitive to temporal changes in status; resident males remain silent outside of their territories even when presented with playbacks of unfamiliar males roaring, and nomadic males start roaring only when they are taking over a pride. Our study suggests that individuals of social species may avoid giving important long-distance signals in circumstances where it would pay them to conceal their presence from eavesdroppers.”

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Hello Peter
Thank goodness for the fence..But none the less an a adrenalin filled experience..(rather you than me!!)
Superb focussing through the long grass that this magnificent male is blending into perfectly..A stunning shot and a great note.
best Regards

Hi Peter,

I can see you as just a juicy beef in his look. Just a stroke of paw... Very good eye contact, pose and composition, nice BG and colours.



Hello Peter
A great capture for forest lion in camouflage in savanna. Your angle excellent as like focus, composition and focus. great work with good notes. TFS, have a nice weekend

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-09 11:09]

Hi Peter

He really is magnificent. I love the matching colour tones of him and the long grasses. The stern look he is giving you is lovely. Nicely composed, good sharpness and excellent exposure. Interesting note as well



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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-09 11:39]

hi Peter,
une belle image très expressive, effectivement ce lion à l'air de vouloir se camoufler dans les herbes. Un moment intense et inoubliable.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-09 11:48]

Hola Peter,
precioso retrato y sensacional camuflage,
excelente trabajo y calidad...
saludos amigo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2008-05-09 12:17]

Hello Peter,
A great example of camouflage, this magnificent male lion being almost hidden by its environment. But your sharp shot shots it well as it crouches low among the dried grasses.
Thanks for sharing this fine one from your archives,
Regards, Ivan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-09 13:04]

Hello Peter, I really like this portrait of the King, well done my friend! Thanks!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-09 13:50]

Hi very short of time tonight just a note to say a great picture. well done TFS .

Hi My dear friend Peter,
A lovely and perfect capture of a lion. Your notes are excellent. TFS. Cheers,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-09 15:07]

Hi Peter

A great shot of this male lion with good POV, colour and detail. Well observed and captured.


Yes.....well he may think he is disguised amongst the bush, but I can sure tel him as you did as well...I hear from folks that the woman is the one who attacks...is that true...while the man does the work and such? Very nice image...the backdrop is indeed well coloured and blended in..

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-10 5:59]

Very impressive shot, Peter!
The eye-contact here is excellent!
Brilliant composition and POV.
The DOF is great too.
Nice warm light.
Even with the fence I would have run a mile :-)

Well done!


What an excellent shot, Peter!
Very well done!

Hi Peter
You are right excellent camouflage,imagine what could have happened without a fence!!!
Good shot

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-10 8:18]

Hi Peter,

Judging from the look in his eyes it's a good thing that fence was there. He is so well cammouflaged that there must have been movement for you to notice him. Wonderful facial expression. The colors and shadings are marvelous.


Hello Peter
What a wonderful Camouflaged scene you captured,
Perfect details,compostion and POV.Welldone my Friend.


Hi Peter,
I can understand that your hearth was booming mine would have too! What an excellent portrait of this almost hidden lion! This eye contact is impressive; I wonder what he was thinking about at this moment :)! Even if he is the same color than his environment, we can appreciate great details and good exposure control. This is a superb capture. I wish I could visit this park someday. Thanks,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2008-05-10 22:44]

Hi Peter
Another great image of this big cat among the grasses. Great eye contact and it seems to be gearing up for attack. Very neat and sharp image with the warm lighting giving a superb effect. Indeed it must your made your heart thump a bit. Excellent low POv and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Peter, great portrait of splendid king of animals, superb pose, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-05-11 13:23]

Hello Peter,
You show us a very good example of how well such a big cat can get camouflaged in his habitat. Well seen and captured. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-05-12 9:57]

Hello Peter,
This is a brilliant capture of the Lion hiding in the grass, so well camouflaged. Excellent low POV, great focus and very sharp details. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-12 11:29]

Hi Peter

Im pleased I'm not an Impala as I would probably have been eaten by now!, its amazing how well he matches the grasses.
Nicely composed with a great POV and a fine pose, loveluy colours and light too.
I'm pleased you were behind the fence!.


This lion works like I do Peter..He waits under camouflage for them to come.
The mostly centered comp works for this one, you've captured that iron gaze perfectly. Great details & camouflaged colors too ;}
Well done & TFS,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:53]

Hello Peter,
Reading his body language I think it was best you were behind a fence. Wonderful image showing superbly camouflage at work. Great job Peter, I am glad you were not kitty food.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-13 17:19]

Hola Peter.
WOW. what a great image of the king. Looks like he is looking at You as a food. I really like this photo Peter.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-04 10:13]

hello Peter
good capture of this cute cat
i like composition, POV, colours and details

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