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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-08 22:34
Viewed: 3683
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No need long note on this well known animal. I love this big 'cat'.

I took this picture at around noon [not a great time for taking photo, especially in the Tropics, during dry season]. Last time I took some photos under similar harsh environment, I ended up with some OE spots in my photos. But I learned the lesson....

This time, I waited until this lioness moved to a less direct sunlight, under these two palm trees. Then I encountered different problem, i.e., big different in light intensity between area under plant canopy and open area at BG. If I adjusted my exposure based on light condition under tree canopy, I got nice picture of the lioness but I might 'burn' my BG. On the other hand, if I adjusted based on light condition at BG, you can guess, I only got shilhouette of the lioness. [You may suggesting to use fill flash, but it is a bit too far for the flash]

For a few minutes, I took some shots but I was not happy with the results. Then I almost gave up when I looked at the sky, I saw cloud moved slowly toward the sun. This picture was captured at time the sun was covered by cloud. Taken at slower speed of 1/15 seconds and apperture at f/5.2, ISO 100, tripod was used, no flash.

Hope you like the result....

fyapici, cjcampbell, c_rapp, pablominto, nainnain, TheMystic, horia, scottevers7, XOTAELE, RAP, SunToucher, jeanpaul, eruyanik, dew77, izler, captainsgirl, Ken52 has marked this note useful
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Hi Ben.
Lovely shot of this big, savage, terrible but very lovely big cat. All details are perfect. I love its expression. Thanks for sharing.

I love how you choose the angle, nice FG framing makes this image so naturally and beautiful....

Demonstrating once again that patience is a virtue, eh? Truly a beautiful cat.

WOW!!! Absolutely amazing capture! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this beautiful cat.

Hello Ben,
An impressive animal in this fine surroundings!
The image is nicely composed, with good balance and fine lines...
Light is quiote good and gives fine natural colours and good details!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi Ben,
Great shot.Very good composition.TFS.


voilà encore une photo magnifique de ta part, des couleurs superbes et bons détails
amitiès et merci du partage

Great shot, Benyamin. The light behind softly illuminates the scene. Very nice POV capturing a look of attention. I like the way the vegeatation frames it all in without being intrusive.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-09 7:09]

Hi Ben

Lovely shot of this impressive lionesse!
I really like the POV and the natural light.
Good sharp details, very nice framing and beutiful composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Ben
It is good you had the patience to wait for the best light situation. Very nice soft light with no harsh shadows. Nice colors and sharp detail in this well composed and framed shot. She looks great in this lush natural environment.

Muy agradable (en la distancia) ese gran gato que has fotografiado.
Parece confiado, seguramente no te consideró "peligroso". Perfecta composición, sencilla y sin embargo puedo entender que tuviste serias dificultades para tomar la foto.
Enhorabuena Benyamin.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-09 13:49]

Hi Benyamin... very nice compo, mainly by POV.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, color, framing, lighting, notes.

I like it: focus, background.

Regards... Ricardo

Hi Ben,
Great job on the exposure, considering the conditions. I love the pose and the the details surrounding the lion. I do miss some sharpness and feel there is a little digital haze visable. But besides that a beautiful photo.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-10-09 16:05]

i looked closely all round to see any human artifacts..and i assume this is in a compound for lions..??
i like what you did to wait..this is what real photography is...waiting for the right light etc..the surroundings look strange to me as my sighting of lioness are usually in the wild and open spaces..but i do like the peaceful pose and the greenery...lions are my favourite cats...well along with all the cats its difficult..but lion is king

Bonjour Ben
C'est une excellente prise de vue que cette lionne au repos! Grande composition et belles couleurs, bon contraste entre les couleurs . Merci pour le partage .
bravo et au revoir...JP

Hi Benyamin,
What a great shot you have managed here! Like that all the green environment, the lion looks relaxed on there. pov, framing colours, pose all are great!
Thank you and best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-09 19:14]

Hello Benyamin

A lovely shot of this lioness.I like the natural framing with the surrounding foliage.Nice colours and details.TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-10 3:35]

Hello Benyamin,
Excellent capture of this lady.POV,framing,DOF,pose of lion and composition are wonderful.

Hello Ben! How are you?

I see you have a great eye for the perfect POV. But I feel it is abit out of focus?
Lovely colors but I'm not sure about the light. Can't seem to make up my mind on that one..
But thats only my humble openion. A very nice shoot anyway..


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-13 6:20]

hi benyamin
dangerous and amazing capturing and well exposure. composition, point of view, colours and frame are great. thanks for sharing

its beautiful, I love how you captured her under the trees in the shade and how the foliage has framed her..nice shot and lovely colors TFS
Donna :o)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-11-09 22:10]

Excellent photo. The composition is perfect! Your note was very useful.

Nuch much to do about the bright blackground. Maybe climbing a tree to attempt to have a POV from higher up? And in the same time to loose the branch which are in the way. Anyway this is an impressive capture.

Am glad you waited for the cloud. LOVE the result.
You are a true artist of your hobby. Love your dedication. And thanks for sharing NOT only the subject
but your experiances; have noted our comments re: this shot, & filed them for future use. CONGRATUATIONS. THIS IS WHAT TN IS ALL ABOUT. Sharing not only images
but knowledge. Best regards, Mario.

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