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Miss Superiority

Miss Superiority
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 100, Skylight
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Mammals of Southern Africa, 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Felidae of the world: First series, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-12 3:28
Viewed: 5724
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is for Bente and I call this gal "Miss Superiority". While all the other youngsters (probably male) were stalking my vehicle she was just watching me closely . When the others gave up, she simply walked to the car and gave it a good sniff and walked away – Probably not smart enough for her to drive!

Lion cubs resemble newborn kittens in many ways. They are born with their eyes sealed shut and are basically helpless for several weeks after birth. For this reason, they are usually kept hidden from the pride until they are able to better fend for themselves.

Lions are truly unique among the great cats. They actually thrive better in zoos than in the wild! More than 80% of all lion cubs born die within their first two years. Most of these deaths result from starvation (mom only has the equipment to feed four - and litters are often five or six). Other major contributors are disease and predation.

Another danger is faced if there is a change in dominant males in the pride. The new male will often kill the cubs in order to replace them with his own.

In zoos, lions generally fare so well that it is necessary to take steps in order to keep them from breeding too much!

The camera settings:

Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 500mm
F Stop: F/11
Shutter Speed: 1/125sec
ISO: 100
Tripod: No
Flash: Diffused Off Camera ETTL.
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: No
White Balance: AWB

Taken in the Krugersdorp Private Game Reserve

red45, coasties, cafecrem, milloup, Lesley, marhowie, carper, willie, christophe, rlortie, Nico, Luc has marked this note useful
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Just cute!
She make me to touch her, to cuddle and to stay in her arms (forever? :-))) )
Wonderful photo which really help me relax :-)

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Very nice portrait, good sharpness.
Well done.

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-01-12 4:19]

Interesting POV. I like her eyes, good colors and DOF. Very nice shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-12 4:25]

Just essence of beauty! Great pose, face and eyes. I love this shot Japie!

Wow Japie, wonderful portrait of this lioness. She is probably fed up with the boys silly antics and just wants to cruise for the day, so she kicked back and just watched. She looks very relaxed. Nice post. TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-12 5:05]

She's lovely Japie. Looks like my cat. She can't be made to do anything she doesn't want to do. I love the look on her face. Good shot here. TFS...

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-01-12 5:17]

Ha Japie,
Prachtig, a sleepy beauty.



Thanks, Japie, I really appreciate the dedication. That makes two in two days, so I'll be putting on airs next ;-))
I liked this one well from the thumbnail, but put together with the description of her behaviour I positively love it!

Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz..

You've made a great portrait, tack sharp, good colours and DOF and standing out nicely from the bg.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-12 7:38]

What a pose,she looks really sober&pretty !.You captured with very fine details,GREAT DOF,composition 10/10 :).

She has this totally supermodel-bored look on her face, like she is saying "Not another photographer ! "

she is soft and cuddly :)

Baie mooi.. Dankie !

Lovely frame filling image, and a great expression on her face.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-01-12 11:10]

LOVE the eye contact you have with this haughty young woman. This is a superior portrait, Japie, and what makes it so very special to me aside from the technicals being perfect is the "connection" you captured between you and your subject. Excellent job.

Japie, Very good title for this classic shot. She does have a "superior" attitude that radiates from the eyes and is unmistakable! Really like this one!!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-12 12:58]

Japie weer zo'n mooie foto.
Very good photo, his sharpnes is really great.You know I like eye contact with the animal ore insect I photograph, you did a great job here, thats a fact, very good job

Japie, agteros kom ook in die kraal. Die mense het net klaar sy sęgoed gebruik!

I have to agree with the critiques you have recieved. Thecnically perfect but what seperates this from being just another lion shot is that eye contact you made. Such a nice POV.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-12 13:36]

What a beautiful specimen. Very handsome portrait. very good work Japie

I like the serenity of your photo, very great shot and note Japie
In a friendly way Christophe

Very nice portrait of this beautiful animal. You captured the "attitude" very well. No nits. Just beauty.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-13 1:26]

Sy lyk omtrent soos 'n meerderwaardige (of is dit vervelige?)tiener. Frontal (facial) shots of lions always tell some story. They are my favourite cats for this very reason as in their eyes there is always reflected some mood. As I have come to know you through your postings on TN during my short activity here, phographically speaking also good quality and detail.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-15 0:25]

"Miss Superiority" seems very peacefull, Japie. But she possesses claws!
On the other hand, she is blonde ;-) a real one...
An excellent post. Sharp and well composed with a great note... I hope Bente didnt took it too personnal.

More kan jy hom by die 40+ groep gaan pos, Baie mooi, ek hou van haar uitdrukking, this is a VERY pleasing shot! She looks as if she is ready to drive you off!

Muito linda a Leoa, parece que estava posando pra ti. Very very beatifull

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