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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Mammals of Southern Africa, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-01 6:20
Viewed: 6812
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another one brought over from TE is this large male African Lion which was "shot" in the Krugersdorp Rhino and Lion park. I ignored the rule of 3rds here hoping that the little shrub at his backside would maintain some kind of balance.

8 of the lions in this park were bred for "Canned Hunting" but were fortunate enough to be saved and to find a home in this reserve.

Vital statis on the African Lion:

Size: male 1.7 to 2.5 m (5.5-8 ft.), and 1.2 m (4 feet) at the shoulder: female 1.4 to 1.7 m (4.5-5.5 ft.), and 1.06 m (3.5 feet) at the shoulder

Weight: males 150 to 250 kg (330-550 lb.), females 120 to 180 kg (265-395 lb.)

Description: short-haired, tawny cat; black tail tuft, ears, and lips; males with blond to black manes; newborns with grayish spots which fade to adult color by three months

Life span: up to 30 years in captivity, 15 years average

Sexual maturity: males at 5 years, females at 4 years

Gestation: 98 to 105 days; on average 2 to 4 cubs born

Habitat: sub-Saharan Africa in grasslands and semi-arid plains

Diet: antelopes, gazelles, warthogs, smaller carnivores, and occasionally Cape buffalo, giraffe, and young elephants

1. Lions are the only truly social cat species, and usually every female in a pride of 5 to 37 individuals is closely related.
2. An adult lion's roar can be heard up to five miles away and warns off intruders or reunites scattered pride members.
3. While lions are inactive up to 21 hours a day, in the darkest, coolest hours of early morning the "queens of beasts" hunt as a team to catch a communal meal..
4. Pride lionesses frequently enter breeding season together and later give birth at the same time which allows them to share nursing and other maternal duties.
5. Although only one out of four hunting events is successful, dominant males always eat first, lionesses next, and cubs scramble for scraps and leftovers.

Taken at F/13, 1/160, ISO:200 Focal length:400mm

gerhardt, ellis49, nwoehnl, elroyie, carper, Jax, danbachmann, kb10, Luc, aktolga, papou has marked this note useful
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Sympa le lion, jolie photo du roi des animaux.
Sublimes également les autres photo que vous avez sur TE.

Overall, a nice compo and light. How cab you improve? Firstly, I anu animal walks ot stand in grass, such as here, & you cannot see the feet, make sure you "crop" below the level of the feet, otherwise you cut of the feet, and the compo is awkward Eye contact I have mentioned before. Lastly, try not to get twigs and branches to obscure the animal, especially NOT the face. I will mail you on the programme later today.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-01 8:48]

He's a beauty Japie, looks very well fed. Great compositin and the colours have a really sunset feel about them.

Very good
Great compo and colors.
Good note

He's a real beauty, Japie, and you captured him in good colors and light. Interesting pose of the animal, and very good information in your note. Without being an expert in this kind of shots, Callie's suggestions sound very good to me. Good work, thanks for sharing!

Japie, Nice touch. I like the detail and note. Thanx for sharing. Your note on canned lions sparked my theme for today.

Very good capture with very good colours, nice composition.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-01 14:34]

Very nice shot Japie,
Good capture, great composition, good colours,
Very good job you did here.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-08-01 17:32]

Good compositiona and colours do justice to the king of the beasts.

Thank you for transfering this image Japie, looks good, maybe a little more space at the front but otherwise it shows how they can blend with the background, virtually no difference in colour between him and the grass. pretty good note too

I think I should create the same theme than on TE... "Lion like my name..." ;)

Very nice picture of this one with wondeful colors. Well done!

tres belle capture toute en forme et en finesse , on ressent bien l'expression du fauve, le roi de la jungle, ou est Nala???bien fait , bon travail , merci pour le partage....amicalement BI

Very nice capture Japie. I do like the colours which gives a nice atmosphere. The dof is spot on but I would prefer some more space in front of the lion.

You capture the power of this experienced hunter very well. I like the golden tones and sleepy eyes that fit with his large size that give the feeling that he's been around awhile, but is still king.

Perfect lion picture with an excellent lighting !

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-09-17 11:09]

I'm agree with the comment n°2 about the roar: they wake us at 5 am, it's incredible to hear that.

I would be afraid........ do they attack man? He is magnificent!

You are a great photographer once again, I am probably the only one that says : Wish I was there ! Is not everyday you capture such a splendid male lion on march trough the savana. It gives you the creeps but it fascinates you in that deep safari state of mind and makes you wanna go to Mama Africa ... Keep on posting, Japie !

Great shot Japie, the focus is a bit soft on the face, bu doesn't disturb.
Well done.

Superbe animal. La note est fort intéressante. Tout comme tes autres photos sur le site. Félicitations. Serge.

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