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The King

The King
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-09 8:12
Viewed: 4830
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. leo
Binomial name: Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758)

The lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. Reaching 272 kg (600 lb), it is the second-largest cat after the tiger. They currently exist in the wild in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India, having disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East and western Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene (about 10,000 years ago), the lion was the most widespread large land mammal beside man. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India and the Bering land bridge and in the Americas from Yukon to Peru.

Lions live for approximately 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A lion pride consists of related females and offspring and a small number of dominant males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, though will resort to scavenging if the opportunity arises. While lions, in general, do not selectively hunt humans, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of 30 to 50% over the past two decades in its African range;[1] populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not well-understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern. Lions have been kept in menageries since Roman times and have been a key species sought after and exhibited in zoos the world over since the late 18th century. Zoos are cooperating worldwide in breeding programs for the endangered Asiatic subspecies.

The male lion is highly distinctive and is easily recognized by its mane. The lion, particularly the face of the male, is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture. Depictions have existed from the Upper Paleolithic period, with carvings and paintings from the Lascaux and Chauvet Caves, through virtually all ancient and medieval cultures where they historically occurred. It has been extensively depicted in literature, in sculptures, in paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature.

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This picture has been shot in the "Tierpark Thüle ."

Focal lenght : 180mm
Shutter speed : 1/160sec
Aperture : F5.6
Sensitivity : iso 400
Quality : RAW
Recorded pixels : 3872 x 2592
Autofocus mode : Single AF
Autofocus area mode : Spot
Color space : sRGB
Flash mode : Flash off
Shake reduction : on

PP in Adobe CS3
White balance, Level set, safe for web, USM amount 60% Radius 0,6
Framed in Paint shop pro 8

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Hello Thijs,
Beautiful portrait of the king. Superb details and clarity with good expression. Very well managed light and shadow and a good job well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-09 8:33]

Ha thijs,

Een prachtige opname met fraaie kleuren en een mooie uitsnede,hij heeft een beetje trieste blik in de ogen,


nice portrait with anxious or nostalgic glance, beautiful photo

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-09 8:42]

lovely portrait of the king.xcellent compo,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-09 11:39]

Hi . Going to be late home from the office tonight so just a note for now to say great shot .well done TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-09 22:50]

Hi Thijs,

I will be back.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-10 8:20]

Hello Thijs! Great portrait of this big cat ! I like the pose, the sharpness and the exposure. Fine composition and very good overall quality. Thanks,


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-01-10 10:36]

Hi Thijs,
Mooi portrait van deze leeuw met een zielige blik in de ogen.
Mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte.
gr Paula

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-01-11 8:53]

Hi Thijs
nice portrai of this lion..
I like the soft light of the image and the sharpness all around the lions head.
good colors, and POV.

Hi Thijs,
He looks like a sad King :( This is a terrific portrait with superb sharpness, composition, exposure and low POV. They are impressive animals and this is a great portrait! Thanks,

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