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Addo Lioness

Addo Lioness
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-05-24 22:06
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Points: 68
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African Lion / Panthera leo

At some time we were snowed under with images of lions and elephants here on Trek Nature, and later on one just passes them by without really appreciating what we see as there was just too much. While going through the images in my archives I realised that it has been quite some time that I have seen an image of a lion and therefore decided to post a photograph of a lioness taken in the Addo Elephant National Park while on vacation in October 2011. I really like this image as the whole setting seem to be just right with the lioness sitting in the grasses and one can see the outstretched valley in the background.

Lots and lots and lots of information have been given on lions before and therefore I am not going to do the same. I will rather share with you a bit of what we saw between 4 lions and a herd of buffalo.

We were looking at a herd of buffaloes when a black manned lion, 2 young males and a lioness suddenly came walking over the hill from behind the car and appeared on the scene. The buffaloes were quick to react and every time a lion came too close 3 or 4 big bulls would come out of the herd and simply chase the lions away. I can promise you, the lions were very cat-footed for a storming buffalo bull.

The lioness in the image was the only female in the pride of 4 lions that were trying to get a nibble at the buffalo and I captured her while she was sitting and watching the herd of buffalo on the other side of the gravel road where we were parked.

This yo-yo game went on for more than 45 minutes and we decided to depart as it was clear to us that the lions were not going to enjoy an early breakfast.

Please see more of this lions and the herd of buffalo as told by Loot in one of his FB albums with the title Cape Trip 2011 – Photo Diary # 01 as it is also his version of the story that I have used here. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hallo Anna,
a gorgeous picture of this beautiful lioness. Well composed with a nice low POV.
The intensive look in teh eyes are just amazing.
Sharpness and details are also very good, I can see every hair in the fur.
Well done, mf.


Hello Anna,
Beautiful picture of this Lioness.Very good details with good light made it splendid.Even the mark of savage fight on her left eyebrow is clearly visible.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful picture,
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-25 0:37]

good portrait of this lioness in its habitat...very attractive image. tfs.

Hello Anna, Very attractive image. The lioness is crisp clear against soft background of its habitat. TFS and have a nice weekend. JC

Good morning Anna
Impressive capture of this lioness.Great pose with eye contact,wonderful natural colours and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Kind regards

Hello Anna,
Magnificent shot. what a pose, superb capture.
all in all a class one portrait of this Lioness.
best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-25 4:34]

Hi Anna,
Very nice face to face portrait of a beautiful lioness.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Anna, great capture oof superb creature, fine details, splendid sharoness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

The 'feel' of this picture is very strong, Anna.
With the depth of that OOF valley in the background, it appears as if I'm looking at that majestic creature at a time in this earth's history when man was nowhere on the scene and our planet was inhabited by only the denizens of the wilderness such as this fearless and proud Lioness.
Thanks for sharing this grand image from your archives.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-25 12:09]

Waaw Anna! Whta say about this magnificetn capture? It's really fantastic,great pose,great scenery and fantastic quality,2 points are not enough..ehehe....very well done,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Anna

A very beautiful photo of this African Lioness,
with very fine POV showing in the same time
of its environment in the background,
excellent and rich contrasty color tones,
your fine POV gives that expressive glance
with the beautiful eyes on you, it is a great
chance you have you and Loot and others from
South Africa to can see and take photos of
these great wild animals in the wild nature, TFS


Hello Anne
A perfect portrait of the lioness. Excellent setting and composition, very good light with no shadows and excellent detail.
You even got her to smile!
regards yiannis

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-26 0:33]

Hello Anna,
Awesome capture, with beautiful composition ! Details and focus - just great ! I like a lot that you surprised so well the attitude of this proud one ! I enjoyed looking at your work ! TFS Tina

Hello Anna
This is a super sharpness picture of this female lion
Good details and beautiful naturel colours
GREAT shot Annai like it
thanks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-26 4:43]

Hi Anna.
Unbelievable scene. Pose, colouration, glance of the animal are breathtaking. Surrounding and especially BG are simply tremendous. Unrepeatable picture. Bravo.

Ciao Anna. Impressive/expressive portrait. Razor details beautiful natural oclours for the queen.


Hello Anna,
Beautiful picture of this lioness. Very nice portrait, i like it.
Tanks for sharing + Best regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-05-27 1:30]

Hallo Anna,
Fantastic capture and magnificent shot ..
Great portrait of lovely lion, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Anna,
Superbe rencontre !!!
Excellente valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-27 13:27]

Hello Anna,
What a great photo! The low POV with the direct eye contact make this photo very impressive and attractive. Fantastic sharpness, details and beautiful colours. A beauty!

Hi Anna,
Brillant shot. This lioness is a beautiful one, which is always a good start. Perfect pose and beautiful natural surroundings. 2 nits in the post processing process, if I may.
- slight overuse of level/contrast. Especially the head need to be soften.
- I would crop of lot of the irrelevant grass below as the lioness is too centered vertically.
But even so your post is a masterpiece.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-28 0:47]

Excellent picture Anna! Thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

Beautiful animal Anna! Beautiful photo too! Nice pose, very good composition, wonderful soft colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Anna,
Very nice face,so cute.Nice colours with excellent detail.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-29 0:20]

Hello Anna,
This majestic lioness was waiting to come out of your archives...it was worth to bring her to light! Love the way she looks, quiet but very attentive. Excellent central composition and a lovely natural surrounding. Well done, indeed.
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-29 14:03]

Hello Anna,
A fantastic shot of this gorgeous little lady, although little doesn't seem to fit the discription in this instance. She posed perfectly for you allowing your lens to scan her entire body for detail and beautiful colors.
I guess I never noticed those tiny brown eye brows on other specimens before, but they really seem to stand out in this shot. The image has that 3D look to it with her in super sharp focus and the BG slightly OOF. Colors are well saturated and bright yet natural. An awesome photo!!!

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2013-05-30 8:28]

Hi Anna,

Wonderful capture of the lioness, great portait.
The détails are superb and the light perfect for the composition.
Splendid frame too, TFS.
My best regards.

Very good picture t and position d excellent. Congratulation.

Hallo Anna,
Sorry for my absence on TN for awhile. What I like of your posting is the clear cut of the object and the BG. It is almost as if the Lioness were pasted on a beautiful BG. These type of outstanding images draws me closer to nature the way you saw it and I envy you!!!! Absolute clarity and fine detail in this inquisitive Lioness are captured forever by you. I just love it!!! Beautiful capture my friend.
Best regards and the same to Loot,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-06-15 15:07]

Olá anna magnifica foto sem comentário peço permissão para copiar no meu PC como papel de parede parabéns pelo trabalho.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2013-06-21 17:54]

Hello Anna,
Your wonderful image has capture the strength and power of this lioness, just look at those muscles. Magnificent work Anna.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-06-24 13:16]

Hi Anne,
Wow this is really amazing photo, beautiful portrait !
Excellent depth of field, and outstanding details of the lioness!
Congratulations !
Best regards !

Hi Anna,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colours of the lioness. The good luminosity is bringing out the coloura. Have a nice day.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-20 23:53]

Hello Anna.
Lovely photo of a lion, colours are great, as is the expression on the animals face. Well done.Regards Siggi

HI Anna, You have the same first name as mine., very nice. I went though your introduction in your profile. I concur with you every bit of opinion of what you said about the handy digital camera.
This picture of yours has proved that there is nothing that the small digital cameras cannot do with the skill of the photographer. Look at this lioness, great eyes contact, wonderful clarity and natural colours, awesome composition and POV. What a amazing with great quality picture of yours. Thank for sharing

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