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Morning Roar

Morning Roar
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 7:33
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Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Silver-lining - as I broke my 300mm 2.8, I took this with my 400mm 2.8 which I rarely take abroad as it is so heavy. I took it as my second piece of hand luggage, in a PVC Harrods shopping bag (which they sell in the terminal), so no-one challenged the weight!! So at least I discovered I can get the lense on a plane!

Whilst in South Africa I also visited the Kruger, Umfolozi-Hluhlue, Mhkuze National Parks and the Entebeni Game Reserve.

I took this shot just before sunrise. This was one of a pair of male lions. They started roaring as two lionesses approached. If you look carefully you can see the spittle coming out of his mouth as he roars.

The lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the genus Panthera. With exceptionally large males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist 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 humans. 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 the Yukon to Peru.

Lions live for approximately 1014 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 pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, although they 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 60 000 ha Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the far north of the North West Province, adjacent to the Botswana border. Three hours drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg - now one of South Africa's prime safari destinations.

Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area.

Madikwe represents an extension to this philosophy in that it is run as a joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities. The success of this approach has made Madikwe the role model for similar ventures being started up elsewhere in South Africa.

The reserve consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands, dissected by the rugged Rant van Tweedepoort, and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills or inselbergs.

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well if your Canon is doing correct white balance, then this is one fine image...It shows a completely different character to the beast in this shade..and Canon doesn't make too many errors...How interesting. Very nice and super timing!

hello james,
nice moment captured, the dof is precise and the pov is nice, liked the composition too, you got a good pose here,
tfs & regards

Hello James,
You can get the big lens on a plane (several planes):-). I know.
There's one Lowepro bag; the only one on the market, I think.
Second piece of hand luggage? :-)
You can almost guess this is either morning or evening light. Beautful.
You can see it's a roar and not a yawn. Often a yawn is mistaken for a roar in an image.
Useful note.

Hi James,
An unique expression caught here!
I like a lot the timing and pose got on this imposing animal.
You really got all the strength and power form this animal.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

Hello James
Welcome Back.
It was almost a blessing in disguise with the 300mm being out of action because you wouldnt have got such a stunning shot as this with it.
Totally amazing!!..I guess you had to use f2.8 to get the minimal shutter speed you got but its kept this magnificent male as sharp as a knife and created the most wonderful bg.
Absolutely superb work and I cant wait to see more from your trip!
Have the repairs been done to the 300 yet?
My best to you

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-09 8:20]

Hi James,
magic moment mate, i love it. Well framed and timed, great shot.

This is really amazing one, James!
I always take my 400 2.8 with me as a hand luggage. No one on air port have never checked weight so fare :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-09 8:31]

Hello James,
Very beautiful photo in morning light. Very good timing and POV. Excellent colours, composition and sharpness. Beautiful OOF BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-09 8:41]

Hello James,
Superb capture of a roaring male lion.
I can almost hear him!
Excellent composition with the acacia branch above himand superb lighting in this technically top grade image.
Thanks for sharing this stunner,

Hello James,

Wonderful wildlife shot.
Can hear the roar all the way down here.
Never had any problems myself taken more than one big lens plus cameras, harddrives and converters with my as hand
luggage in a plain.
Love the colors and skin tones very much.
Wonderful pose of the lion.
Great details,note, sharpness and exposure.
Excellent work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi James, Welcome back from your adventures! Fine shot of this lion sounding off. Wonderful color and deatil. Tfs Richard

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-09 9:50]

Hi James,

Welcome back - your trip must have been fantastic. This lion is wonderful - I can hear him roaring. Great timing to catch him in the act. Wonderful natural colors and fine details. I love the composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-09 9:52]

Hi James.
Simply terrific shot of so expressive and touching scene. Bravo. Fantastic cropping and composition of the image, rare colour shades, splendid bokeh and amazing details of the lion. My congratulations.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-04-09 10:50]

hello James,
nice moment captured, greta shot

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-09 11:55]

Hi james Good to see you back hope you had a nice time. What a great shot of the Lion. Such a boldlooking animal. you can feel the power of his voice . Great detail and natural colours. interesting notes to go with this fine picture. TFS.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-09 12:12]

Hi James
this is exellent image
Wonderful natural colors and excellent details.
well done.

Hello James,
Such a beautiful shot of the roaring Lion!
perfect exposure and focus on the new lens!
a perfect timing for the shot too
many thanks for the sharing

Hi James,
Very nice presentation. Great composition and lighting.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-09 13:26]

Hi James, excellent positioning on your part to get this shot. This lion doesn't look as "cute" as he might in a straight on shot. Here you see the real raw power, with the large head, ears laid back, hair up on hit back, the muscle and the roar. Man, I'd have had chills running down my back taking a shot like this. I really like this composition, one of the best I think I've seen of a male lion.

Thanks, John

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-09 13:59]

Superb shot of this roaring Lion, James!!
Did you have a good trip? Good to hear you're 400mm f/2.8 got through customs!
Superb composition and POV.
Fabulous pose.
Brilliant DOF as well.
Nice lighting.
I look forward to more South African shots from you!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-09 19:08]

Hello James,
Welcome back, what a fantastic image here. Some days I feel like roaring when I get up too. This image is one to be proud of for sure, great action capture with great detail and colors. Thank you Sir for sharing.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-09 19:10]

Hi James.
Very nice to see Your photos again. I wonder were You were. Beautifil photo My friend. vary sharp and well framed. It should be very exciting to see the king in a Natural. Great lens work. 400mm eh?

Hello James,
where were you again. I saw you were in South Africa several days ago. You came back with a great action capture of male lion. Great capture. Thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

Hi James,

Sorry must have missed this one along the way,
what a stunning image, wonderful POV, excellent detail, amazing colours, now all I have to do is convince the wife to buy me a 400mm 2.8, I properly stand as much chance of that as I do going to South Africa, Just beautiful mate,

all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-10 1:26]

Hello James,
Nice to see your new photos from South Africa. I liked the pose you captured a lot, so natural.Exposure handling, colors, POV and composition are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-10 2:37]

Hello James,
Well, your heavy lens was certainly worth taking! This is an amazing close view of this roaring Lion. Fine light and a great composition too. Madikwe sounds like a very fine reserve and I look forward to more pics from you!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-10 3:17]

Hi James,
this looks wonderful, you captured the King of the jungle in a wonderful pose. Wonderful natural colors and excellent details.
Great shot.

Excellent POV of the "morning roar" James, very good detail & color.
The F/2.8 has isolated the animal nicely in your frame also.
Great image & pose,

hello James

WOW ! what a great shot of the KING of the animals,
fine POV and framing, excellent DOF, i love his head pose,
you shot the image at the best moment,
great sharpness and details, TFS


Hello James,
This is a fantastic shot. Perfect timing to get this roaring action. Lovely composition.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-10 7:14]

Hi James,
Outstanding shot and a fabulous moment captured. I can hear its roar sitting here. Immaculate sharpness and perfect ambient lighting. Excellent DOF isolates it from the BG and I like your POV and the composition. Kudos.

WOW awsome shot the profile is magnificent great detail and excellent timing. DOF is superb I wish I had this lens :-( rgds Necip.

Hi James,
amazing shot. Very good tones and crop, excellent patient to wait for him. I like this a lot. Very well done. TFS. b rgds. Stev

Nice shot. Good composition. And the lighting creates softness in the picture which I really like.

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