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In the tall grass . . .

In the tall grass . . .
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Copyright: Riaan van der Merwe (mrvdm1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/512 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-28 4:08
Viewed: 5310
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Cradle of Humankind . . . Who would have placed it in a country such as South Africa. Very close to these caves, you will find the Lion and Rhino research centre. A few kilometers out of Roodepoort, and actually still in the city.

We went to the lion enclosure as it was nearly feeding time, and this would have been Marine's first real life lion experience(she turned 2 the following month). To our dismay (and he lion's)the information was incorrect, but we had the oppertunity of a few great shots as the lions were all together also waiting. This male had a dark mane, and a lot of scratches over his face. He was walking around for a while, before falling down in these tall grass for a rest.

With the digitall it isn't easy capturing action shots, as the electronics does take some time to respond. It was my luck that this yawn really lasted a while, and the result for me was a milestone as I allways wanted to take a photo like this.

coasties, PDP, marhowie, willie, Crypton, miqra, Lesley, Robbrown, Lourens, pione, shal has marked this note useful
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To extramundi: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-09 00:36
To jasmis: Dinner? Not this bushveld boy!!mrvdm1 3 11-05 00:35
To RAP: Lion heartmrvdm1 1 11-04 06:10
To pione: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-03 05:01
To Annalise: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-01 08:55
To Lesley: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-01 08:45
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To marhowie: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-01 08:41
To PDP: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-01 08:39
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To netfalls: Lionmrvdm1 1 11-01 08:35
To japie: Replymrvdm1 3 10-31 06:39
To Callie: Vuilbaardmrvdm1 1 10-30 03:39
To willie: Lionmrvdm1 1 10-29 02:01
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To gerhardt: WorkShopmrvdm1 1 10-29 01:40
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Wow, that's the King of all yawns!! What a great image. Check out those fangs!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-28 6:02]
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That's a huuuuge mouth, he sure looks after those teeth. I like the shot nad thanks for taking the time to write a note.

Hy kan selfs vir Japie, heel insluk. :-) En hy's baie groter as ek. lol.

Very nice moment captured Riaan. This is really one big mouth. The only small thing I see is the grasses infront of the face.

I did a workshop to try and remove them.. have a look.

Riaan, Great moment - nice teeth!!;-) This one makes it obvious why this killing machine can rip & tear its prey so well!! A "milestone"!

I like his tonsils, he also had impala for breakfast. Thankfully not you or your family.
Nice focus on the subject and good action shot. Spoilt a bit by the grass in front of the mouth.

wow !
vraimetn pris sur le vif ! ce clichet est superbe et renforce le sentiment de puissance que l'on a en voyant ce fauve !

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-28 13:23]
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Laughing, singing or yawning? (smile) I like the mystery of this capture...well done!

" Why Grandma...what big teeth you have" Said Little Red Riding Hood! Great timing on this...well done.

Ek het ongelukkig geen medesyne vir Gerhard nie, hy is net suur oor die bulle gewen het en nie die cheetahs nie.

I like the sharpness, DOF and color in this shot a lot. It is a little bit to centered, probably because I like the rule of thirds. It is natural to try and center these shot because it is the way us humans think. However in the center is usuallywhere the subject has the least impact. Try to move your subject so that it is more or less a thrd from either side, top to bottom or both.
A good way to try this is to use two sheets of paper and "crop" it on the screen to give you an idea of which crop will look best.

I have done a w/s showing what I mean and I hope you like it.

Waar in die wereld woon jy?

Hi Riaan, en welkom.
Mooi, oopbek gaap van vuilbaard. I read aboth Japie and Gerhard's cooment, and concur. Now, turn you picture around, mirror it. look at the difference in impact use Japies WS. Your eye travels over the "empty space" and then settles right on the subject, this adds much more impact to your picture. Another thing in wildlife that is vert important, especially if you do mug shots, is the eyes, Try and get the eye in the picture, it raises the quality of the picture immediately. Just some pointers, to help.

These lions are very well photographed here on TN, I must say. You did very well here! I do know it is not easy to get a shot like this, especially with a digital. And you got the widest yawn off all! Very well done!

God one Riaan a moment well caught, Japie's WS was just what I would of surrgested for it.
About the camera time lag , I dont know wether you have a multipul shot facility I some time set this and try and anticipate action and delete the rubbish, but it does enable you to get an action shot you where not expecting.

Excellent shot, Riaan. Lovely action shot. Sharpness, colour perfect.

Really nice, I wouldn't like to get in...
Great photo.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-11-03 4:50]
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Fantastico colpo, ottimo tempismo, una posa sempre interessante ed impressionante!!

Very impressive. Full dramma. Very interesting country. You are walking as a dinner in T-shirt. One bite... Terrible and fantastic. Wild life, that's so!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-04 6:06]
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Durante los días de ausencia en TN, había perdido varias fotos de real valía... es el caso de esta Riaan.
Excelente imagen por un POV atípico de esta especie, oculta en su totalidad exceptuando su cabeza... y allí el oportunismo de la captura.
El detalle e iluminación sobre las fauces es maravilloso.
Buen encuadre e interesante nota.

During the days of absence in TN, there were lost several photos of real was worth... is the case of this Riaan.
Excellent image by an atypical POV of this species, hides in its totality excepting its head... and the opportunism of the capture.
The detail and illumination on fauces are wonderful.
Good frame and interesting note.

I have been away some days, and I find such a collection.... WELCOME Riaan.
This one is fantastic, and many others too... I am afraid I wont be able to vote all I like, but I will try too. THANKS.

Hy is pragtig, die enigste leeus wat ek nou sien is in die dieretuin..

well done, i love the photo.

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