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Lioness portrait

Lioness portrait
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200F/4L + EF 1.4x II, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals, Animal Portraits II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 9:55
Viewed: 5421
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another archive photo that I thought I'd upload before I get fed up of seeing it!

Taken at one of my favourite haunts, the lion viewing enclosure at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.
Note: Handheld, using Canon 1.4X converter.

African Lion
(Panthera leo)

Lions are found in Africa and the Gir Forest of India. Lions roam in open country, grasslands and plains.
Size & Description
Male lions grow to 9 feet long and weigh 400-500 pounds. Females grow to 8 feet and 300 pounds. Lions have a light brown, tawny color.
In the wild lions eat buffalo, antelope, giraffe and zebra. In the zoo their diet consists of a processed meat product.
Interesting Facts
The female lion (lioness) does almost all the hunting.
Lions live in groups called prides, dominated by one male, with several females and their cubs.
Their solid, tawny colors blend in well with the savanna surroundings.
Male lions have a mane and a tufted tail; females do not.
Unlike other felines, lions do not stalk prey; they lie in wait and attack by surprise.
In the wild lions sleep about 20 hours a day.
The lion's roar is used to communicate and to declare territory.
In the wild lions can eat up to 65 pounds of meat in a day, but they don't need to eat every day.
Lions have a 110-day gestation period.
Lions live about 15 years in the wild and 20-24 years in captivity.

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-06-27 10:23]

Super one, so true to life. Good colour balance as well with nice contrast in the fur. Well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-27 11:23]

Hello Andy,
Excellent portrait.Details and sharpness are amazing.I liked POV,use of light,expression on face,framing and composition a lot.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-27 15:28]

Hi andy,

A superb close up from this lioness,no nits on this one all perfect,

What a fantastic portrait, the color and DOF are perfect. You should meet up with Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) and visit Whipsnade together; he goes all the time. Have a great rest of your week.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-27 17:42]

excellent shot with great details, colours and lighting. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Andy,
Nice portrait of this Lioness.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-03 1:50]

Hi Andy,

This is a very nice portrait of this lioness. Details and focus are razorsharp and the colors are very natural. It would have been nice if the bg wouldn't have had almost the exact same colortone as the lioness itself as she would have stand out from the bg more that way. Anyway, it's a great shot. I really envy you for the sharpness of this L-lens. Well done & TFS!


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