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Early Morning Rest

Early Morning Rest
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lions, Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 7:20
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An early morning rise and much eagerness after the Leopard in the tree the day before, we set off from Skukuza at 4:30am.

After a short while we were not seeing many animals at all and we were beginning to think that we had used up all our luck already during the previous day!

Then we turned onto a dirt road to have a look at the one waterhole where some people had reported Lions the day before.

The waterhole yielded no sightings at all and then as we proceeded to cross the river to head back toward camp, something caught our eye on the left hand side........

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-03-03 8:07]


Just don't big cats here in the states. We have Puma, but sightings are rare and often violent. This is well captured. Well exposed, got the light just right. I have the same kit, and find the sigma to be a beast to use free hand,Were you shooting from a vehicle perhaps with a sand bag? O like this one a lot.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-03 8:54]

Hi Sheriff.
What a great picture of the great animal. So expressive scene which reflects the state of mood of the lion perfectly. I like wonderful rich colours, razor sharpness of the animal image and perfect wide DOF. Sand-green BG is excellent and supplements the main subject very well. Well done and best wishes.

Hello Seriff excellent contrasty sharp detail with good strong colours. Nice show of teeth. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-03-03 12:53]

Hello Sheriff !
This is a wonderful portrait of this lion ! I like her pose, the look on her face, and her teeth look quite impressive ! :-) Excellent details, beautiful colors, wonderful composition and POV, nice blurred BG. Very well done !

Hi Sheriff,
Very good portriat of a beautiful lioness, lucky for you to see them in their natural habitat. She is a lucky one it seems. She looks very well fed. Some of the lions I see in Kenya and Tanzania were skinnier. Good clarity and detail. Well done.
Minor comment I have is that the color look a little over saturated or too much contrast. It doesn’t look as natural, on my monitor anyway.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-03 23:35]

Hi Sheriff,
Colors, focus & sharpness, background and the expression you've captured look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Sheriff,

Very nice presentation of this beautiful lioness. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Light and colours are great.

Bela foto muito bem fotografada e de qualidade òtima meus parabéns por esta magnifica foto.

Hi Sheriff,
Good story. Look like giraffe droppings in the foreground.

Hello Sheriff

A perfect capture of this wonderful animal with excelent details, sharpnes, lighting and farming.
TFS and Regards,


Very well executed shot!
Razor sharp, very nice POV!!You've got an excellent perpective of posture!
Thank you for sharing!!
Kind regards,

Hi Sheriff, great portrait of splendid lion in wonderful pose, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-05 19:09]

Hi Sheriff,
Wonderful shot of this Lion with immaculate sharpness with perfect lighting and exposure. However I think it has been sharpened a bit too much. Anyway a fabulous eye contact and the moment has been freezed beautifully. You have got to be very lucky to have see these creatures in the wild back to back. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-06 4:36]

Hello Sheriff, very fine pose of the LIon. The details are sharp and the light and textures are nice. Very well done, thanks!


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-12 4:08]

Hello Sheriff,
...and you turned lucky...superb capture with good colour tones ....i wonder whether you turned the contrast a tad too high.....but that's no big issue, 'coz you have really made an amazing capture.
TFS & Cheers

Hallo Sheriff
The lioness has given you a very lovely pose here, with good eye contact. There are many details to appreciate, especially in the face area. Lovely big brown eyes, rosy snout, clearly visible whiskers and most important the teeth to slaughter her prey. This is indeed a very majestic animal. Congratulations with such a lovely shot. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-13 4:37]

Hello Sheriff,
Very nice capture.POV,lighting,details,colors,exposure and framing are wonderful.TFS

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-17 3:08]

What a wonderful animal, so big and so beautiful! Very good shot, TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-23 18:53]

Hola Sheriff.
Bella foto, hermosos colores, exelente pose de esta Leona, descansando por la mañana.
Muy hermosa presentacion.

Great wildlife observations. Good sharpness nice compo. I think that you coud crop it little bit from the right to remove the part of another lion. Very good OOF background nice colors (but maybe you could do a little decrease of saturation)
Best wishes

Hello Sheriff. Excellent framing of this early morning view. Sharp detail in very good focus and well controlled metering. Perfect framing except for the clips on the feet. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 6:25]

Hi Sheriff

By the bits sticking out on the right hand side it seems there was more of the pride in attendance. Well spotted and it just again show how unpredictable game and sightings can be. A model young lioness in her prime and she gave you a good looking over. Actually it is quite amazing how these animals sometimes seem to totally ignore you, almost as if they're not even aware that you are there. However, do not misjudge the situation as they are rather well aware of what's happening around them. A nice capture with lovely sharp details.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Sheriff.
I liked this perspective!
Great details of this beautiful and dangerous animal.
Very interesting picture!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-03 21:03]

Hi Sheriff

I was here earlier this year. Great shot - you have caught the classic lioness distain very well here. Great detail too.


Hello Sheriff,
Very nice of meeting you and much appreciated for visiting my Piha image!
this is a great portriat of the big car in rich and warm colouration!
I loved the closeness in great sharpness and details
many thanks for the sharing
take good care and sincere regards from NZ

Hi Sheriff,
A nice capture of this beautiful lioness. Very well composed with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Sheriff,
Magnífica y arriesgada captura la que nos muestras con gran nitidez y todo lujo de detalles en una bella y expresiva composición, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-09-11 5:17]

Hi Sheriff,

Very nice looking big cat. Very good focus and sharpness and great details. There are even some scars on the nose visible.
Very good composition, I would have croped the nose of the lion on the right out of the picture (imo), and very nic low pov.
TFS Paula

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-11 7:02]

merhaba Sheriff
good capture of this cute cat while it was resting
i like POV, BG, colours and sharpness

Hi Sheriff,
very nice portrait vith Excellet POV colours, and light .TFS.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-11 17:16]

Hi Sheriff,this is a fantastic portrait,a pic ready for the National Geographic Magazine! Beautifull under all corners of view,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-09-12 1:37]

Hi Sheriff,
Very impressive capture of this Lioness in the early morning light. Pose and details of the coat are superb. I like the light in the eyes. Resting along with others may be, you've composed it very well. Thanks for sharing

Merhaba Sheriff,çok ürkütücü gelselerde uzaktan sevimli hayvanlar.Ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

I love your pov here with just a small hint of there being more than one lioness here. Great detail and a those teeth! Great color and WOW! TFS

Hi Sheriff,
Superb capture of this Lioness in a relaxed posture. The expression in her eye suggests she is aware of your presence but does not seem to be disturbed by it.
Very powerful shot of this princess in the wilderness.
Hope to see your fresh posts.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-17 9:04]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura,
color y estupendo foco...
bella escena,
saludos Sheriff

Bela foto Sheriff e bela pose...bonito o seu "modelo", mas dá medo só de olhar.;)
Lindas cores, parabéns!
Grande abraço,

Hello Sherrif,

I most impressive and detailed shot of this majestic lioness! The tones of colour on her fur illustrate every fold and bump!
Her expression seems to suggest she is panting in the heat!
You did well to get this lovely angled view ... you can't really ask her to move for a better view!!!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hola Sheriff, primero gracias por tus amables comentarios y como no, alegría de contactar con un Sudafricano, que no es muy habitual !!
Bonita tu toma, donde destaca a mi entender una evidente pero efectiva saturación del color.
Un buen enfoque y encuadre.
Un abrazo desde España: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Sheriff,

Good pictiture of these Lion.
Personally I prefer the right piece of Lion cut of or clone away.


Hello Sheriff
A lovely portrait of this female lion. She looks healthy and well fed. It must have been so exciting to see her. Well captured.
TFS Janice

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-09-20 20:24]

Hi Sheriff,

Very nice shot! Great sharpness and colours, nice pose.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-22 0:35]

Hello Sheriff
wonderful portrait photo and nice pose
POV, colours, sharpness and details are great
Best regards Siggi

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-22 5:54]

Hello Sheriff, I am amazed at the fact that you live close to Kruger Park where millions of people would die to go. As a kid, I wanted to go and live like "Daktari" if you know the TV program about a big "hospital" in the African steps. This lioness if superb and it's even hard for me to imagine that your life is spent along those beauties. What an impressive sight. Thank you!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-23 5:30]

Hi Sheriff

A great example that proper planning and thinking ahead will get you good shots! Congrats for this and i see you were rewarded with a superb shot.
I really like the facial expression that you captured here as well as the overall sharpness that your subject benefits from.
The DOF and exposure parameters are also spot-on and in fact the only nit i can pick on here is the nose of the other lion entering the frame there on the right :)
Anyway, great job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-09-23 6:53]

Great texture and sharpness. Also love the rich natural color!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-29 3:55]

Hello Sheriff,
I've thinking about this one: technically its great, sharp and with good colours. But its the composition that worried me: either take a close crop to produce a head and neck portrait, or make a portrait showing the whole lioness including the paws an tail. For me this one is neither.
Now I have this off my chest I can credit you for the sharpness, POV and excellent natural OOF BG.

Hello Sheriff
what a great capture for Queen with superb sharp details, coloration and POV/DOF. Nicely composed. Timing and eyes contact also wonderful. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:49]

Hi Sherrif
exellent image
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hello Sheriff,
Very well executed shot! Good sharp, very nice POV!!
Thank you for sharing!!
Kind regards,

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2009-08-05 12:21]

Hi Sheriff!
This is a wonderful picture.
Colours,sharpness and light are excellent.TFS.
With best wishes,Mihajlo.

Sheriff, this is a fantastic image of the female lion. Great job. Thanks so much for your comment on my 'Big Catch' shot. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day, Bill

Howzit Sheriff,
Great portrait of this lioness with some serious eye contact.Your clarity has really brought out some unique characteristics and facial features.What a sighting!

Hi Sheriff,
You were so lucky! We stayed at Lower Sabie in May and often drove toward Skukuza and only once saw lion and it was only it's paw sticking out of the long grass as it must've been lying on its back. This is such a stunning clear image. I like the eye contact and beautiful color. Very well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-02-05 10:21]

Personally i like close-ups and this one is great, well saturated colour, successful POV-DOF and blurred background.

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