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Lion Cubs

Lion Cubs
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-12 9:44
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As mentioned before, while we were in Etasha National Park in 2011, we followed a pride of Lions which consisted of a juvenile male, two females and eight lion cubs. After a Kudu kill early that morning and feasting, paying the water hole a visit they all retired to the shade. As I started my vehicle to move to another spot, six of the cubs jumped up and stared at the commotion. Luckily for me, my beanbag and camera were still on my vehicle’s window. Signs of blood can still be seen on them as they fed from the carcass. I know that "fill flash" could have improved the image, but the distance was just too great. No cropping was done.
Enjoy and comments and critique are welcome.
Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-12 9:53]

Hi Carl,what a lucky meeting and what a very tender pic whit these little lions,magnificent moment in your park trip,and beautiful pic whit a very professional management of these different light levels,super details and colors too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-12 9:58]

Hallo Carl,
Wat een prachtig stel. Unieke foto van zes welpen in een keer. Genomen vanuit een erg goed laag standpunt in uitstekende scherpte en mooie natuurlijke kleuren.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-12 10:44]

Hello Carl.,
Wonderful to see the cubs in the natural environment. You have a great pov and composition here.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely group, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-12 11:38]

Dag Carl,

Fantastisch schot. Aandoenlijk en zo te zien hebben ze net een flinke maaltijd achter de kiezen. Mooie compositie vanuit een fraai camerastandpunt.


Hello Carl,
I can testify how difficult it is to do good photography in the harsh light conditions of Etosha and this is just FABULOUS. The whole image, having caught them in a patch of shade, is just magic. Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

Hello Carl ...good day and let me say that you can be very proud of yourself with that spectacular image in my opinion! It is going on top of my my favorite list without any hesitations straight away ! I can see clearly the curiosity in this young faces...every single one radiates fantastic energy ! Gosh I am so jealous ....... Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-03-12 16:09]

Hi Carl

very nice group of cubs. You have some nice contact with a few of them. Must have been a great trip. Thanks!


Hello Carl

Lovely photo of these lovely Lion cubs, the fine
low POV at their level giving that wonderful
eye-contact from all of them, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Carl
Beautiful capture.Great POV and composition,wonderful colors and lighting.
Thank You
Best regards

hi Carl,
such a photograph! excellent composition and well captured mood. good exposure and perfect angle of taking this shot. congrats!

Hello Carl,
A lovely composition. Very nice image of this lion cubs.
Excellent details and very good clarity!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-03-13 11:06]

Hello Carl!
What a lovely "set" of little lions puppies.They are so cute!You had a super opportunity and did not miss your chance to make a really awesome pic.Many congrats,dear friend! And thanks for sharing it with us.I love also your short and interesting notes.Well done!
Best wishes from,

PS: thanks so much for your lovely coment in my last pic.Appreciated!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-03-13 13:38]

Hello Carl,
A superb capture!
This group of Lion cubs was taken from a great POV with fine clarity and WB to give natural colours, with the composition suiting the POV. I don't think fill flash would have been good: I like the natural shade.
An excellent record of part of the social structure of a pride of African Lions.
Thanks and best regards,

Bonjour Carl,
Une magnifique fratrie merveilleusement bien restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Carl
this is a great picture with perfect compo and great multiple eye contact, really great
I guess the picture was taken midday and the light is pretty harsh (like in my last post of Eastern Chanting Goshawk), obviously a typical African problem. But the exposure on the lion cubs is perfect, still I tried a workshop with reduced brilliance and contrast, it's different but it's at the end the photographer's choice which one is better, you lived that moment.
Thanks for sharing this great picture

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-03-14 14:01]

Hi Carl!
What a lovely image! I like it so much!
Fantastic capture of this nice lions group.
Excellent sharpness and great DOF. Beautiful colours and nice play of lights and shadows.
Well done my friend: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2012-03-14 17:15]

Olá Carl excelente foto de qualidade muito boa só acho que ficou muito longe voce poderia ficar bem pertinho pois eles estão tudos magros quem sabe serveria de refeição,é brincadeira meus parabéns por estas magnifica imagem.

Hello Carl.
This is such a glorious image with the group looking at you. The light and details are amazing in fine framing.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-03-16 10:26]

Hello Carl,
A wonderful view of these Lion cubs all close together in the shade. I like how they're watching you and details and colours are very nice!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Amazing CLUB!! :o))
Have a nice WE,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-16 23:50]

Hi Carl.
Your picture and subject of the shot are very touching. Eye-contact is superb as well as a reproduction of the state of mood of all charming babies. Shadows and lights create an impressive atmosphere of the picture. My compliments and all the best.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-17 3:12]

Hello Carl,
What a cute assembly, looks like chidren from Kindergarten listening to the teacher.
The light was difficult, but you managed to make the best. Interesting personal note too.
Thanks a lot
Have a nice weekend

Hi Carl,
A beautiful capture of this nice group of leos. Very nice details and a lovely composition.

A beautiful little troup of lion. So cute. Thanks for sharing

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