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Profile Of A King

Profile Of A King
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-23 3:52
Viewed: 4702
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lion (Panthera leo)

Lions are unique in that they are the only cats to live in groups (prides). The male lion is also the only cat to have a mane, giving it a regal appearance that has earned it the title of 'king of the beasts'.

Physical description Lions vary in colour from nearly white to deep ochre brown but tawny yellow is the commonest shade. Male lions develop thick woolly manes on the neck and shoulders, signifying maturity. The mane protects the lion during fights with other males. It also differentiates between genders from a distance across savannah plains and is an indicator of fitness. Lions are the only cats to have a mane, suggesting it is linked to their unusual social system. Lions are also the only cats to have a tuft at the end of their tail.

Cubs are born with spots, which disappear as they get older, although the spots sometimes persist on their legs and belly.

Behaviour Lions live in groups called prides. The pride may consist of up to twelve related adult females and their young, and up to six adult males who are probably related to each other but not to the females. Prides can range from 3-30 individuals, but average 4-6. Theories as to why lions live in social groups include increased hunting success, defence of young, maintenance of long-term territories, insurance against individual injury and minimisation of chances of getting no food at all.

Of all the big cats, the lion is the only one which relies extensively on group co-operation. Lionesses tend to stay in the pride they are born in. This makes the group a collection of sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers who have grown up together. Males are expelled from the pride that they are born in once they reach maturity. They usually form coalitions with other males (often relations) with whom they hunt and scavenge for food.

Females tend to do most of the hunting for the whole pride. They hunt cooperatively, each individual taking on a different role. The larger lionesses tend to ambush prey which the females on the wings chase in her direction. Lions usually hunt at night.

Male lions defend the pride against intruders. They mark key points of the territory with urine and patrol the boundaries regularly, roaring to warn other lions of their presence. Competition between males to head a pride is fierce, and males tend to hold ownership for only 2-3 years. Fights for possession of a pride are vicious and may result in serious injury or death.

The above obtained from http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/14.shtml

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 10:47 a.m.
Date: 23rd April 2005
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 250mm
ISO: 400

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-23 4:22]

Wonderful portrait Pam!
DOF,BG and details are excellent.TFS...:-)

Beautiful profile, Pam.
I like the good portrait, very good siloette, good details, good pov, very good dof, exelent job,
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-23 5:04]

Beau et intéressant portrait de profil pour cette superbe roi des animaux. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté dans le pelage.
Well Done !

Gorgeous animal and photo!! Perfect DOF, very clear, nice blurred BG... my only wish would be for just a little more "breathing room" in front of his face and gaze (left side of shot). Great note, too. TFS,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-23 11:43]

King himself. Great profile Pam detailed and with perfect composition and POV.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-23 12:03]

What a lovely portrait Pam. This picture is so well composed. POV & DOF are excellent, details are sharp and the colors are nice and saturated. BG is great! TFS!

More than great, Pam. Taken in your backyard? ;-)
I like very much the composition and the pose of the 'cat'.
Thank you.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-04-24 3:21]

Hi Pam
Nice picture. I ha no idea that you could meet them at your place. ;=)



Great picture Pam, beautifully composed. BG, DOF and sharpness are faultless. I almost feel like I could reach out and touch him. Your notes are brilliant too, I learned more about lions in the last few minutes than in my last (er, decade?) of life! Thanks so much for posting it :)

Lovely profile shot of this amazing animal. !! very good details, sharp with a nice OOF background.


Ooh la la, Pam! What a fine beast, and you have captured him so well. Superb POV, detail, and lighting. You have done him justice in this photo, were you petting him also? Thank you for sharing this excellent post with us.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-09 11:33]

Very nice composition, and detail. Nice and sharp. The picture may be a tad underexposed.

What a beauty Pam!!! Perfect portrait, great pose, POV and DOF!!! Cheers, Luís.

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