Hanging Out With Mom
- PaulH (13882)
- [2008-01-06 1:39]
a wonderful family portrait, the eye contact you have with the Lioness is priceless. It must been amazing to stumble across this pride hiding in the Bush like that.
Perfect DOF and an overall great result from the 170-500mm (i have the same lens!)
- pvs (14464)
- [2008-01-06 2:02]
First of all the best wishes for 2008,hope that you get lots of photoopportunities in the new season even if you have now as I can read in your note will have to struggle for the camera now and than,anyway this is a fine capture with nice light,I can understand your feeling with leaving this park,I hope we will be able to return there soon,
- joey (24909)
- [2008-01-06 2:59]
Good morning Loot!
Very nice image of this pride of Lions.
I think your low-down POV is very effective.
Sharp and detailed with good colours.
Well done my friend,
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-01-06 4:17]
Hi Mr. Loot,
A beautiful capture of this nice group of panthera leos. Very nice details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2008-01-06 4:34]
beautiful capture of the family resting together, the warming sunlight looks nice here, liked the pov, composition and the perfect dof you have achieved,
tfs & regards
- fartash (5161)
- [2008-01-06 4:36]
Very intersting scene you show us here,
Perfect focusing,exposure and DOF,Superb shot.
Best wishes for 2008
- rishabh6296 (827)
- [2008-01-06 5:19]
nice view of the family,the colors and expression of the beasts are really good.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-01-06 5:20]
You managed to catch, may be, the most cute scene. The poses of the babies and head turning of the mom are so touching. Especially I like blurred a bit grey BG and perfectly eliminated, crisp sharp with bright colours main scene. DOF is really precise as well as the framing and composition and, of course, the note. Bravo once more for your creative work.
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-01-06 6:21]
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will be back with a proper critique later.
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-01-06 7:19]
I bet you were sad to leave the Kruger park, it must be a fantastic experience. But you're lucky to live near enough to go here once a year. The story reminds me of my dear husband - he always finds something exciting to look at just as we're about to part for home!! Great shot of Mum and her young ones enjoying the sunshine. Beautiful light, sharp details and lovely colours. It looks very peaceful!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-01-06 8:40]
A very beautiful family portrait. The mama and one of the cubs are staring right at you. The details of the faces are just wonderful. Perfect natural colors. This is the way to see wild animals - in their natural habitat.
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-01-06 10:54]
Hello Loot. First may i all the best for 2008 if not to late. one thing i like is to see lions in the wild . As to date i have never seen them in the wild but maybe one day when i retire which hopefully will not be to long i will get the chance.
Well your picture show the mother and her young all very relaxed. she is just having a glance at you. you have captured afine detail in the fur with good natural colours. I have enjoyed reading your notes too.
- Hil (5035)
- [2008-01-06 11:00]
Superb shot of the family gathering, really nicely composed and I love the pose with the Lioness glancing over her shoulder just keeping an eye on everything, good level POV with perfectly saturated colours and lovely warm light.
TFS Hil :o)
- Janice (18832)
- [2008-01-06 22:38]
Yes, mama looks a little concerned about your crash appearance, but the babes aren't fussed at all.
Lovely family photo, beautifully captured Loot, it looks like you have set them up in this pose.
- jhm (1853)
- [2008-01-06 23:49]
Prachtige foto, zeker hoe de moederleeuw die juist omkijkt, en met veel aandacht haar kroost bewaakt.
Op deregelijk grote afstand fotograferen blijft altijd moeilijk, maar het is een fantastische foto.
Groeten uit België,
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-01-07 8:09]
I wonder why you didn't take one home with you!?:-) It is as though they are saying goodbye..I have had eagles do that to me by dropping feathers a day or two before I leave. Old Indian tradition has it that this is teh way of saying farewell...A nice image and tour..
- marhowie (486)
- [2008-01-08 3:44]
Ahh, more family oriented fun!
Sharp & detailed, great light & color. The DOF has isolated this happy family in the frame very well also..Reading your note, it sounds like it was most difficult leaving..Dang that rat race ;}
But you had a wonderful experience I'm sure..
I envy you mf,
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-01-08 19:15]
Beautifully composed image, with sharp details and great natural colors. One day before I become worm food, God willing I will make a trip to your country and see all the wildlife I only see in wonderful images from you and others from TrekNature. I suspect to cub on the left is a boy, look how he holds his head proud and strong. Thanks LOOT.
- manyee (23770)
- [2008-01-08 23:17]
Wow, Loot, what a great family portrait.
I am really enjoying your "mother and babies" series, as you can probably guess. : )
Such a peaceful scene.
I can't believe the lions are so unphazed by your presence.
Wonderful eye contact from the cub on the left as well as the lioness,
who is seemingly not totally trustful of your intentions!
Great job and TFS. : )
P.S. Loved your story as well. : )
- Dyker (170)
- [2008-01-09 1:14]
And so the ongoing series of the "Moms and babes" continue to entertain and thrill us. The various poses (body language/activities) from this family group are priceless. Mom doesn’t seem to be too much in a huff, but she's ready to react to any sign of danger (indicated by her hind legs that was pulled back completely under her body) while she gave you that look which said "I'm ok with you, but do keep your distance buster". The youngster on the left is midway between a state of blissful sleep and semi consciousness and he gave you that "What's up dude – please do not disturb" look. The youngster in the centre could not be bothered with you and seemingly gave you no second though as the pleasures of an early morning sleep far outweighed any other pressing activities. The last one, the one on the right, seems much more stimulated by something else (maybe another lion somewhere towards the side) and it had no interest in you at all. Possibly the peacefulness of the scene prevailed only because mom did not show any fear nor did she get all excited due to your sudden appearance.
The telephoto zoom showed the exact lines of the DOF very clearly. The morning light gave you a wonderful bright spot to capture. And as always it came complete with a note worthy to digest.
Ps. I see you're getting some stiff competition from Miss Piggy. She's really doing well with her first posting.
- earthtraveler (3483)
- [2008-01-09 8:10]
Great shot of the family gathering.
They look quite comfortable. I like the eye contact you got with the mother. Nicely composed with good detail and color.
Grand note, TFS
- demeve (6165)
- [2008-01-09 19:23]
Very nice capture of this beautiful family, great POV
and well composed picture, they look so peaceful just
laying down over there.. Well done
I remember this day as clear as if it was yesterday. I also remember me being quite nervous because I knew we ( I mean you) where not abiding to the rules of Kruger Park and driving into the bushes where we not supposed to. But it was all exited and the adrenalin where pumping, and while looking an admiring this pride of lion, my mind also worked overtime in thinking what are we going to tell the rangers if they saw us in the bush? Then I thought "ah man" what the heck, we are there and we must enjoy the scene. And did we enjoy the scene! We saw these lions from all angles. Every moment, a moment to remember. They really played along and made the last day of our trip very unique. Thanks for taking me along on your journey. It was most enjoyable and adventurous with you on my side.
(Your better half) Anna
- Aaltjie (0)
- [2008-01-10 5:53]
Reading your story and the critique that Miss_Piggy gave you I cannot others as to feel jealous and also sad that I never had the opportunity to accompany you on one of these adventures. It sounds like that Nissan Tiida will give any 4x4 a hard time.
This is like usual a stunning photo with lots of detail and story behind the story. The cubs seem to be relaxed and have all reason to be. Their mom is on her back paws for defense should anything happen or thread to happen to her offspring. They all look healthy and well care of.
I really love this baby series and will be coming back to award my smiley’s in due course if I should miss out on some of them.
- scottevers7 (12309)
- [2008-01-10 17:41]
An excellent shot on this mom and her young. The light here looks really great. Colors and detail are superb. I can understand how you feel about such an amazing place. I would love to visit there someday. I get that way when I spend time at the wildlife refuge in Florida. I would love to move up to a big game National Park.
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2008-01-10 22:24]
Wonderful to see lioness and her cubs in the natural environment. You have a great pov and composition here. The note is informative and good reading.
- Rehanna (18)
- [2008-01-11 2:43]
Dit lyk soos 'n klomp uitgevrete kietsies wat lui-lui rond lê as ek so na die lotjie kyk. Gelukkig weet hulle niks van die park reëls nie anders het hulle dalk jou bande kom stukkend byt omdat jy hul vreedsame oggend slapie kom verstoor het deur om so diep in die bos in te ry agter hulle aan. Toemaar, ek grap maar net. Hulle lyk te kostelik vir woorde en jou storie vertel weer vir ons presies wat daar aan die gang was toe julle die klomp gevind het. Ek kon ook uitmaak dat jy glad nie gelukkig was om huis toe te gaan nie. Ek dink ek kan dit verstaan, want so 'n vakansie gaan gewoonlik net te gou verby.
Nog 'n pragtige bydrae in jou "mamma en kleinspan" reeks. Ek hoop daar is nog heelwat waar hierdie vandaan kom aangesien ek hierdie reeks uitermatig geniet.
- captainsgirl (4088)
- [2008-01-13 6:31]
Awww this is sooo very nice, a beautiful family of cuddly kittys! (Big ones!) Excellent POV, color saturation and focus. A great family portrait! TFS
- rsiliato (52)
- [2008-01-13 19:24]
Great Shot Loot as always!
- betsie (0)
- [2008-01-13 23:08]
Hierdie leeu wyfie met haar babas lyk nie of hulle juis enige notisie van jou neem nie. Jy lyk redelik naby aan hulle. Dis wonderlik dat sulke fotos vasgevang kan word - dit is 'n prentjie wat mens nie elke dag teekom in die wildtuin nie. Goed gedoen Loot.
- saguzar (7202)
- [2008-01-14 13:38]
You´ve did a very nice capture of these lion family, looks like they´re adapted well to human visitors. Composition is well made, but I see blurred parts at BG.. photoshop?
- Tobias__Ortmann (681)
- [2008-01-15 8:33]
Another amazing shot
very good sharpness and nice composition
colours and details are great
- horia (16656)
- [2008-01-16 8:07]
Well...at least you did some "dakar-rally" yourself, if they canceled the real one :))
But sometimes it's good to break the rules. And i'm only saying this in a good way.
It's good to break the rules if you don't harm anybody, so that you can pursue your goals. It's good to jump over a fence or go a step closer to the cliff, if it gate's you closer to what you are aiming for and it it benefits the "bigger picture"
For example, my team and i, in our studies, must capture some specimens of different reptiles and amphibians in order to study them. No questions about it, as soon as we are done, we release all animals back into their habitat, but even so this is stressful for the creature and therefore a bit dangerous for them. However, you can't manage a good protection program for a species if you don't know sufficient things about that particular type of animal. In the end, it benefits them.
Now i don't want to strain myself too far from the subject here with this discussion, so i'll just leave it like that..for now :)
Congratulations for pulling out this amazing shot, my friend!
A splendid family reunion that has blessed you with some terrific eye-contacts and faces that surpass most studio shots, too :)
The mood in your picture is very evident, too - calm, relaxing, enjoying the nice sun...and that really adds to the quality of your photo.
Very well done - in all aspects - my friend!
Bravo and TFS
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2008-01-17 7:06]
Your notes have QUALITY.
Mario with greetings.
- arfer (0)
- [2008-01-18 21:41]
Wow I can see why they call them a Pride of lions.She certainly looks proud of them.Ok you are the guy to ask,why do they call them a pride?
Excellent low POV .
The lighting is very good and produces natural and well saturated colours.
Well composed in the frame.
I particularly like the pose and expression of the cub on the left.
- XOTAELE (8)
- [2008-01-19 5:05]
Magnífica "reunión familiar".
Preciosos detalles y genial colorido Loot.
Muy buena nota.
Hasta pronto, JL.
- rcrick (68)
- [2008-01-22 3:40]
Just a wonderful portrait of this wildcat family, the look on the lioness face is just priceless, excellent composition and detail very nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)
- Debz (3307)
- [2008-01-30 2:46]
Hi Loot, a fabulous scene of this Lion family. Great pov and perfectly focused. Wonderful eye contact from the cub and mother to the left of the shot. Grat light, colour and detail.
Great notes also.
- Maite (5199)
- [2008-01-31 13:42]
Really delicious and lovely scene!! I love the magnificent point of view and the excellent focus with great sharpness, DOF and great contrast.
A superb job as ever!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
- AnimalExplorer (1997)
- [2008-02-04 21:58]
Excellent capture of this pride of lions, the lioness and cub look very content in there environment. You must've had lots of fun on this trip. TFS. :)
"Hanging Out With Mom" - is a nice title: looking at the great photo makes me smile,
but thinking of my personal situation it puts a tear in my eye, as i cannot hang out with [my] mom anymore...
hi loot, i haven´t been around too much lately to enjoy your great pics, but i haven´t been feeling too well the last 3
weeks, so i am just making a short stop to say hello.
as i mentioned, i like the title, and of course the low pov along the ground with the lions enjoying the sun and mom having her eyes on you.
i really have to visit africa once, to see all the wonderful animals "free" and in their natural habitat.
have a great sunday & take care, thor.
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2008-02-16 8:11]
a really charming party that you have recorded here, expressing all the love you feel for Kruger Park and its inhabitants. Thank you, and all my best wishes to you!
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-02-27 15:01]
what a lovely family image of those lions, WOW !
the young lions are cute and i love their mother's
eye contact with you, excellent luminosity of your image
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS