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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 15:44
Viewed: 3353
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lions are predatory carnivores who manifest two types of social organization. Some are residents, living in groups, called prides. The pride consists of related females, their cubs of both sexes, and a group of one to four males known as a coalition who mate with the adult females. Others are nomads, ranging widely, either singly or in pairs.

Being smaller and lighter than males, lionesses are more agile and faster and do the pride's hunting, while the stronger males patrol the territory and protect the pride, for which they take the "lion's share" of the females' prey. When resting, lions seem to enjoy good fellowship with lots of touching, head rubbing, licking and purring. But when it comes to food, each lion looks out for itself. Squabbling and fighting are common, with adult males usually eating first, followed by the females and then the cubs.

Both males and females will defend the pride against intruders. Some individual lions consistently lead the defense against intruders, while others lag behind (Heinsohn and Packer 1995). These “laggards” are not punished by leaders. Possibly laggards provide other services to the group so that leaders forgive them (Morrell 1995). An alternative hypothesis is that there is some reward associated with being a leader who fends off intruders (Jahn 1995).

Typically, males will not tolerate outside males, and females will not tolerate outside females. Males are expelled from the pride or leave on their own when they reach maturity.

Lions spend a lot of their time resting. They are inactive for about 20 hours per day.

Shooting Date/Time
3/02/2007 14:25:48
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
70.0 - 200.0mm
Focal Length

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-05 15:55]

hi Annick,
cette lionne porte les stigmates de quelques bagarres, elle porte en elle un peu de tristesse. Techniquement, bonne maîtrise de la lumière, netteté fine.


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  • nosam (19)
  • [2007-03-05 15:57]

Amazing detail! I love what appears to be the evening/morning sunlight being cast on her(?). Unbelievable shot and TFS! -M

Very nice portrait!
Good details and colors!
Bye Tom

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-05 17:18]

Hola Annick.
Me agrada mucho este retrato,
bellos detalles, y perfecta compo. y pov.

Hi Ann,

Very interesting portrait, with good details and compo. I like the tap sharp eyes and the direction that she looks at.


Nice portrait Annick. Good combination of frame and object. Well done. Tfs. Stev

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-05 19:32]

Hi Annick,
Very nice portrait, of this very thoughtful looking lion. You have once again captured great details and fantastic colors.

Hello Annick

very good portrait of this lioness
details and colours are very good



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 14:35]

Hello Annick,
Wonderful capture of this pretty lady.Sharpness,details,warm lighting and framing are excellent.

Cats... Big or small they are all lazy. I don't know if they sleep that much because they find their life boring :)... A cat’s life is a break life :))) Coquette and Gustave sleep a lot too but not at the right time as they wake me up every morning at around 5h 5h30 even if they have everything they need... Cats… They are just mystery to me. OK...

This is a very nice portrait Annick. I love those warm tones of colors, this tight crop and the beautiful texture of its fur. This light coming left is very lovely and enhance this BG and its ears :) This is a superb portrait of a proud animal. Thanks,

Annick, your pictures have never failed to disappoint! They are always great and somewhat majestic. :) And so is this one!

I really love the tight crop closeup of this beautiful lady! What great details and sharpness. I like the warmness of the sunlight against its back. I wonder how it would look if its face were a little lighter. Another great one Annick!


Hi Annick,
Nice portrait. Goog colours, composition an details.

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