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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, gondox's favorites - animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-16 3:00
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this just after sunrise - a group of lionesses were on the prowl for prey - looking quite determined!

The oldest lion-like fossil is known from Laetoli in Tanzania and is perhaps 3.5 million years old; some scientists have identified the material as Panthera leo. These records are not well-substantiated, and all that can be said is that they pertain to a Panthera-like felid. The oldest confirmed records of Panthera leo in Africa are about 2 million years younger. The closest relatives of the lion are the other Panthera species: the tiger, the jaguar and the leopard. Morphological and genetic studies reveal that the tiger was the first of these recent species to diverge. About 1.9 million years ago the Jaguar branched off the remaining group, which contained ancestors of the leopard and lion. The Lion and leopard subsequently separated about 1 to 1.25 million years ago from each other.

Panthera leo itself evolved in Africa between 1 million and 800,000 years ago before spreading throughout the Holarctic region; It appeared in Europe for the first time 700,000 years ago with the subspecies Panthera leo fossilis at Isernia in Italy. From this lion derived the later Cave lion (Panthera leo spelaea), which appeared about 300,000 years ago. During the upper Pleistocene the lion spread to North and South America, and developed into Panthera leo atrox, the American lion. Lions died out in northern Eurasia and America at the end of the last glaciation, about 10,000 years ago; this may have been secondary to the extinction of megafauna - there is good evidence that interaction with people was the cause.

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Hello James,
Good work! Very beautiful morning light. Must be great to encounter this lioness in such conditions.
Did you use a beanbag here or was the lens mounted on a 'jeep' tripod or so?
Once again very good light on the face and great sharpness.
Looking forward to spot more...:-)
Well done

Hi James,
I am your neighbor today. A lovely capture of this beautiful lioness. Excellent details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-16 3:14]

Excellent shot James,
you can see the intent on her face! Supersharp with great clarity and a very nice setting in the long grasses, well done.

Hello James,

This lady indeed looks pretty detemined in getting some fresh meat for dinner.
Wonderful how you've captured the lioness sneeking through the high grassess.
Perfect focus and great clarity, DOF and sharpness.
Very nice light and lovely color tones and details.
Excellent work again James. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi James

What a great shot to have caught. The light and DOF are excellent.

Best wishes & TFS

Witaj James,
Beauty lioness! Very pretty colours, tip-top sharpness and frame. Excellent work James.

Pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-16 6:35]

Hello James,
Sensational image with that wonderful early morning light. The atmosphere and details captured are outstanding. She has a flesh wound on her shoulder from an earlier struggle. Goregous work James, thank you.

Hello James,

spledid shot from this lion.
Good of details with beautiful colors.
Good note too.
Sharpness is suburp.

regards Gert

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-16 9:07]

Hi James,

Determined is one way to describe the look on her face - she also looks rather ferocious. Wonderful capture - the face is magnificent and so expressive. This is the way to see lions - not caged up in a zoo!


Hi James, Love this lion on the prowl. Great low POV,
excellent sharp details, and fine warm light. Comp is super also and the light green grass is a wonderful environment. Well done mf

Hello James,
You had a good 400mm to achieved this beautiful shot!
excellent exposure and focus with great sharpness and details!
I loved the expression on it's face for the prey!
well done always

Hello James my most beloved friend!
There is very little I can say here..I suppose I could question where the rear end of this magnificent lioness is in the frame?...But with the 400 you captured the end that is the best looking!..Al joking to one side..Its fantastic..The shadows really are superb and show the time of day perfectly.
I hope the new head is working well on the wonderfull but cumbersome 400.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-16 11:39]

Hi James

Great shot of the Lioness.
Nicely composed with a excellent POv and a fine pose of the Lioness stalking her prey.
Superb details, lovely colours and nice light too.


Yeah...James P! Those are the ones that look a bit like our cougars up in the wilderness..of course our cougars are small at 170 pounds or so but just as fast...and strong..I have seen then take some giant leaps up mountains which would take a man and a rope...Wonderful Image James....

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-16 13:08]

Hello James,
Splendid shot of this beautiful leo! TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-16 13:30]

Very nice shot James!
This Lioness seems to have only one thing on her mind... juicy meat! :-)
A great POV that gives a more natural view.
Excellent lighting and exposure.
Superb sharpness.
Very good composition.
Excellent work!


Hi James,
what a nice capture of famous animal of Africa in nature habitat. excellent sharp details and composition. You furnished this great capture with very nice information about lions. Thank you very much both of great post and information. best wishes

hello James

great shot of this liones, fine POV and framing, i would prefer
to see all her body on the image, excellent DOF, with lovely luminosity and great sharpness and details of the fur, TFS


This is an awesome shot, you can feel the grace of this feline's gait in this shot..She does look a little low though, na?

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-17 5:29]

Hello James,
Excellent and lovely. Good work and superb morning shot. Great moment to capture from./ Ganesh

Hi my beloved friend James,
A superb shot of this healty and beautiful Panthera leo my friend! All are perfect-as usual.
Greetings from Cyp.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-17 16:22]

Hi James!

Again a wonderful morning light making the shot so wonderful! Muscles, fur and folds of the skin are very well shown in details and so make the lion very realistic. Fantastic shot, TFS!

Best regards,

Hello James. Nicely exposed in natural habitat. Good sharpness of the rather angry face. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi James,
Great shot. Very nice composition and lighting.

Hi James, awesome setting for the capture of this lioness. I like how she is stalking through the grass. She really does look determined. Colour is good with great detail seen on the lion, but it's the composition with that "look" that really makes this shot.

Thanks, John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-19 9:50]

Hi James.
What an impressive true wild nature picture. It is clear quality of the image is the best however I am impressed with reflection the state of mood of the lion. Bravo. Framing and composition of the image are superb too. My best wishes.

Great lighting and wonderful point of view. When you take these photos, where do you sit/stand/lie? You seem low to the subject which seems a little scary. I don't mind photographing Texas wildlife but these beautiful beasts are stereotypically quite dangerous! :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 8:18]

Hello James

A super capture of this big cat.
The focus is very good with sharp details
Wonderful lighting and colours.
The POV is excellent.
Great job.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-23 10:24]

Hola James.
Otra muy buena foto. Muy hermosa la presentacion de finos y exelentes detalles de la Leona. La pose y la mirada de este gran depredador.
Saludos My friend

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