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Katanga lion

Katanga lion
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): The King, Etosha National Park, Annick Vanderschelden Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-04 3:20
Viewed: 8935
Points: 42
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This is a male Panthera leo bleyenberghi, known as the Southwest African or Katanga Lion. It is found in southwestern Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Katanga (Zaire), Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
I photographed him in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Dear friends, you can compare the above mentioned lion subspecie with the subspecie
in my Kruger National Park gallery, where you'll find the Panthera leo krugeri "one eye", known as the Southeast African Lion or Transvaal Lion, this lion subspecie is found in the Transvaal region of southeastern Africa, including Kruger National Park.

All my Panthera leo bleyenberghi posts from Etosha National Park were captured in one session.
This is Male#2. I already mentioned the pride was consisting out of 4 females and 2 males.
I was actually following Male#1 on the gravel road.
And the former was following the four females who were a bit further on the left side of the road.
I was surrounded by lions:-)
So suddenly this one appeared and he was walking straight to my vehicle and suddenly he stopped. Maybe 150 centimeters or so. Too close for my 400mm. He didn't even look at me. He was interested in the females. The latter were very active as you can see here. So I drove a bit further until I was able to focus.

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hello annick!
what a very beautiful animal this is!
exellent pic in every way!

Hi Annick,

Lovely detail on the mane and especially the face showing each scar from a number of fights. Well taken with good composition, exposure and focus.


Hello Annick,
beautiful shot of very serious model! Great portrait!

Best regards, Leonid

hello annick,
this is another fine capture from you, you got such a fine pose, look at those eyes, simply beautiful, fine composition and natural shades,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hallo Annick
Stunning image. Fantastic portrait. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfectly framed. What more can I say?...................Really a pleasure to look at. One of the better close-ups of the king I have seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-04 4:56]

Ha Annick,

Een schitteren portret,bij het bekijken van fotos als deze zou ik wel weer direct willen afreizen naar het zuidelijke Afrika,mooie compositie,


Hello Annick,
This is another beautiful capture of this King. Instead of being disturbing, this green vegetation in foreground adds a natural touch. Details are so amazing that I can almost feel his fur! Very well done! Thanks,

Hi Annick
looks like he's just coming out from the hairdresser's !
Nice focus on the eyes and the moustache. Just regret you have this green blurred piece of foliage, a bit disturbing IMHO

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-04 7:06]
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I Annick

Another gorgeous portrait from you, my friend!
So which one was the most successful shooting trip: South-Africa or Namibia? Because i see so many amazing photos from both locations and i for one can't make my mind up :)
Anyway, this is a typical wild lion caught here - with some little fight marks showing well on his snout and being constantly on the lookout for what the women are doing :))
The impeccable details and shallow DOF are already a trademark for you and here i'd also like to remark on the very nice square composition and how well that works in this case.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-04 7:18]

Marvellous portrait of this lion in majestic pose.
Fantastic POV and DOF and marvellous lighting and colors.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing, Annick.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-04 8:14]

Hallo Annick,
Indrukwekkende kerel. Fluit nog net niet naar de meiden.
Perfecte scherpte en weer schitterend natuurlijke kleuren tegen een mooie zachte achtergrond. Grootst!

Salut annick,
Wonderful capture of the king of animals. All perfect, no need to write something like: very fine details, great focus, excellent POV... ;)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-04 11:12]

Hi Annick.
Simply beautiful, majestic lion and so amazing portrait. You managed to reflect and share its internal world, state of mood. It is clear the quality of lion image reproduction is the highest (it is your feature) but I am impressed with nice surroundings. A bit blurred green twigs in front of the animal and smooth nicely coloured BG decorate the portrait excellently. My best wishes and thanks for this work of art.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-04 11:15]

Hi Annick. The look on the male Lions face sayes it all. I can stare longer than you. This is a fantastic side view of this bold looking animal. Which you have taken with fine detail in its fur aand eyes. all with interesting notes. well done TFS.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-04 12:17]

Hallo Annick,
De koning onder de dieren heb je hier prachtig weten vast te leggen. Prachtig van scherpe en goede details.
Hele mooie compositie en pose. Vooral de takjes net voor de leeuw maken het plaatje compleet.
Bedankt Paula

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-04 12:27]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful portrait of this Lion.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.Lighting,sharpness and expression on face are beautiful.
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Annick, fantastic portrait of superb king in great pose, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

A perfect portrait of a monarch in good exposure and fine composition Annick, thanks for sharing this handsomely caught image my friend.

Now, that's some portrait of a Katanga Lion, Annick!
That distant expression in the eyes says why he is the king of the animal kingdom.
A portrait worth hanging on a wall in the largest possible size.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Annick

Wow,he looks very majestic.You can see a couple of battlescars .The focus is sharp with excellent detail.
Wonderful rich colours.
The pose is classic.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Great job.


Hello Annick!
Even it is not a new image you captured a beautiful king with great details and natural colours. Well done!

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