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Brave Heart

Brave Heart
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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm AF-G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-27 2:57
Viewed: 5704
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, maybe not all that brave, but he does live in lion country! This little guy gave me a real challenge trying to photograph it. It lives in a hole under the fireplace in a campsite in Mabuasehube - the place the lions visit regularly as the camps are unfenced. He would come out and look me over, but as soon as I held the camera up to my eye he disappeared into his hole, only to start te game again after I put the camera away. In the end I won with nothing more than patience.
I could not help smiling because at the time the two of us were playing our little game of hide-and-seek the lions were no more than a 100 meters from us, roaring boldly into the night. I thought that maybe he came out of his hole every now and just then to listen out for them.
Sorry, I did try to look up the species, but cannot identify him for certain. But to me he is the little Brave Heart who lives with lions.

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Joli petit rongeur surpris au bon moment.

Hi Nico, nice story to get this pic.
I remember quite the same adventure with the ground-squirrel of Namibia.
Nice sharpness on the eye and good compo.

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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 5:26]

Hi Nico,

Very cute fellow this small one living between the lions as you say,well seen and captured and thanks for posting,


Hi Nico,
As with most nature photography, patience is necessary. You flash exposure was excellent here. Nice colors and sharp detail in this little fellow. He is pretty far down on the food chain so I imagine there are many many creatures that would make a meal out of him. I would be jumpy too.

Pity we don't know what he is.

Great use of flash, teh exposure agianst the pale background is very good.

Excellent sharpnes and DOF. Well done.

Hello Nico, excllent colors, Bg, POV, DOF perefct Job, TFS Kyle

Very nice closeup Nico, I like it.
Excellent profile pose with nice color and good detail..Nice flashwork as well.
Your patience paid off well with a very nice shot of your "braveheart". :)
Well done!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-27 8:06]

Superb shot Nico, great timing too. I like this composition. Beautiful colors and excellent sharpness too. TFS, Didier.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-06-27 13:46]

How cute, what a wonderful shot. I love the composition. The patience paid of

Hello Nico.
What a great shot.
Superb composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-06-28 20:36]

Hello Nico! Living in the beautiful South Africa, you are the man... to present us wonderful animals like this. Well done capture, with amazing details and colours!

Hi Nico,
Very cute little fellow with great pose, nice POV and good details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-30 6:57]

Bonjour Nico!

Félicitations pour cette photo,les détails sont excellents et le spécimen est mignon.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-05 22:17]

Hi Nico.
Very nice close -up,excellent sharpness, colors ,deteils and composition,good note.


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