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Sleeping Lion

Sleeping Lion
Photo Information
Copyright: Stephane Ra (Watershed) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 2 N: 61] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED, Hoya HMC Super UV (0) 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 11:34
Viewed: 4143
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I take this shot of this young male in the Thornybush Game Reserve. I was so nice to see this big cat sleeping like that... he was so cute ;D

Name: Lion
Panthera leo

Lions are the largest of the african predators, the males can weight up to 230kg. The females are smaller and lighter (160kg). The hair of the mane can be up to 18-20cm in length and are usually brown, but black-maned animals are also encountered as are extremely rare case of melanisic (black) lions. Rare albinistic animals, comminly known as the "White Lions of Timbavati", occur in ZA.
These, the most sociable of the cats, form prides of 3 to 30 or more individuals, consisting of 1 dominant male, 1 dominant female, several adult males and females, sundry sub-adults and cubs.
Lions are active at night, mainly around sunrise and early morning. In the day they are laze away the hours in the shade, or move sluggishy around.

Food: An extremely wide range of food is consumed. Virtually anything palatable that moves, even insects, mice and up the size scale to buffalo or even elephant - if the lions are lucky. It would seem, however, that the wildebeest is the prime choice.

clnaef, vanderschelden, dew77, Adanac, aido has marked this note useful
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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-03 11:38]

Vu comme cela voilà un lion qui n'a pas l'air farouche.
Bonne journée.

great expression and capture. however i think it needs some color work to bring out its full quality. check my workshop

Hi Stephane,
Cute sometimes and dangerous sometimes...:-)
Interesting shot; I like the sharpness and the 'integration' in the grass...

very cute and beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-03 16:06]

Hello Stephane,
Very nice lion portrait.I liked DOF,framing,POV,clear details and expression on face a lot.Have a great weekend!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-03 17:01]

ah I love that lazy expression. Lovely sharp details and a great POV.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-03 17:20]

Hi Stephane,
Great lion portrait with sharp details and good color. It looks like he may have a sore eye. Thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-03 22:56]

Hello Stephane

Nicely done.She is sleepy,but mindful too.I see that look in the one eye.Very good detail and colour.TFS

I like this Stephane. It is an unusual composition and crop of a lion. I love that sleepy eye just looking straight at you.

Evelynn : )

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-18 21:16]

Hi Steph,

I like this, you've captured something of the animal here. The way he is looking at you with absolutely no surprise or fear, quite intimidating. I like the composition too, the way his head is almost laying on the bottom of the frame, nicely done. Great detail too. I think the focus is slightly more on the nose than the eye, it should really be on the eye as it's human nature to look straight to the eye.

IMO the workshop does not improve the image, it just looks over-exposed to me. I much prefer the original.

Best regards,

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