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Mating Lions

Mating Lions
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 12:17
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Been an hour with these two lovers, got some very nice snarls, and once I thought he was going to charge me across the 6m or so that separated us, for disrupting a delicate moment by driving forward to get the snarls.
Kruger NP.
70-200 F2.8 VRS lens

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-21 12:32]

Callie! Long time no see!!
What a superb shot of these roaring Lions.
Both their faces look very scary! :-)
Exceptional sharpness and clarity.
Very good composition.
Stunning work!
Hope to see more from you soon!

Ciao Callie,
complimenti per questo scatto, veramente eccezionale!
Grazie per aver saputo fissare questo straordinario istante.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-21 13:04]

Dagsę vreemdeling

Looking at the female's eye, it doesn't seem like she's very impressed. That looks like a pretty serious stare. One can hardly call this a tender moment. On the other hand, looking at those incisors displayed by the male, one could possibly deduct that the female's look might be more out of fear. Although, she sports a rather fearsome set of fangs herself, but it does not seem to be a match for his.

An impressive capture of this lion interaction. A well composed and cropped posting with excellent exposure control and very natural colours.

It is good seeing one from your lens again.

Take care and keep well.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-21 13:19]

Hi Callie,

Great moment you caught here. Your timing is excellent and you show us a special moment. My compliments for this fine capture.


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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2008-02-21 14:09]

Hi Callie. I liked your point of view. I had a similar shot in Kenya once, however capturing the whole scene does not impress viewer as much as you sent here. Congrats. Alptekin

Hi Callie,
This is wild life! You caught this particular moment very well with great low POV and composition. Exposure and choice of shutter speed worked great. This is beautiful! I have this dream of going to Kruger someday... Thanks,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-21 16:32]

Hello Callie.
This love making doesn't look very tender or loving!!! They sure are wild!!
Brilliant capture and so good to see you
Kia ora

Hello Callie,
That's a winner!
What an opportunity and you didn't miss it apparently.
An amazing image! Fantastic!

Like everyone else has already said,this is a superb capture. The way you have cropped the scene has given perfection to an amazing scene. You are so lucky to have seen this in Kruger - I have never, after more than 40 visits spanning a week at a time, seen this in Kruger. You certainly did not waste the moment.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-22 5:39]

Hi Callie,

An impressive moment you show us,I can understand you dont want thes two charging your car when making pictures,thanks for sharing and hope you will post so now and then,regards,



What an amazing shot!!Very well done, nice POV..and yes, there's something ferocious about big cats mating!!
I'm sure this was a moment you'll cherish, 'coz these are very rarely captured..
Thanks so much for sharing!

Hi Callie

What an extremely powerful image.
This is a very good photo of these beautiful lions.
I hope their encounter was successful and that they have produced more beautiful members of their species.
Fantastic shot.
A great experience for you.



A great shot here...amazingly framed with both snarling and growling at the same time! A wonderful shot of a "private" moment.

Hi Callie

Action!! Can't think of a more striking photo! Outstanding action!



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