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Panthera leo

Panthera leo
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, The King [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 2:58
Viewed: 5352
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the genus Panthera. With exceptionally large males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-heaviest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India, having disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene (about 10,000 years ago), the lion was the most widespread large land mammal beside humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India and, in the Americas, from the Yukon to Peru.
Should they survive the rigors of cubhood, lionesses in secure habitat such as Kruger National Park may frequently reach an age of 12–14 years whereas lions seldom live for longer than 8 years. However, there are records of lionesses living for up to 20 years in the wild. In captivity both male and female lions can live for over 20 years. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, although they will resort to scavenging if the opportunity arises. While lions, in general, do not selectively hunt humans, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

This close up of a male lion has been captured in the Antwerp Zoo.

Relevant metadata:
IS0 400
Capture time..13:30
Weather: Indian summer

Digital darkroom:
Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop.
It's a slight crop.

Thanks for your critiques, replies, etc. yesterday.
I hope you'll like this work.
Have a very good Sunday!

Pentaxfriend, NinaM, bobair, nglen, cataclysta, matatur, Jamesp, CeltickRanger, Adanac, albert, kmr13777 has marked this note useful
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Hi dear Annick ,
Great portrait with excellent details.
Nice sharpness.


i am photography no no u photographer graet graet shot.

Ha Annick,

Wat een BEAUTY
PERFECT portret shot

TFS Thijs

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-09 8:29]

You are so good at portraiting animals, I am amazed! This is fantastic, Annick, a perfect shot of this beautiful animal. We can even see the crown. Thank you!


Hi Annick,
those eyes!The light captured in those eyes is fantastic looking,it brings the stately fellow to life.I very much like the big cats as for me they are the most impressive of all predators on our planet.This photo is on the verge of being over exposed but not quite and the details are fine and eye catching as well.Thank you for giving us a view of Mr.Leo he has my eye. Bob

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-09 8:37]

Hi Annick. Now this is waht you call a close up of this Fine looking animal. You canon kit has made a fine job of this in your capable hands. Very good detail and colours. The eyes say it all Well done TFS, good notes too..

Hi Annick
First of all perfect eye contact. I also like the relatively tight crop
As always very good job

A powerful full face portrait under good, side lighting Annick, which produces a fine 3-D effect in great detail. TFS this beautiful image my friend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 13:15]

Hi Anick

Wonderful shot - excellent cropping and super-sharp detail.


hello Annick

great portrait shot of the lion, i love that glance that he has on you,
j'aime ce regard qu'il a sur toi, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-09 17:46]

Oh My Friend,
This lion seems to be peering into my soul. What an outstanding quality close up image Annick. Thank you for sharing it.

Hello Annick

Poster quality image,excellent crop and composition.
The eye contact and quality is excellent.
Lovely sharpness and focus.
The POV is terrific.
Great job.


What a view !!! Beautiful shot. Fantastic colours, very interesting compositios,
Best wishes,

Hello Annick
A strong glance on the photographer, well rendered
I like the tight cropping
Well done

Hi Annick.
Beautiful portrait of the lion. The intense look in his eyes that you have been able to capture is amazin and he has the look of a veteran :) Amazing details and exposure. Please post the full frame without the crop in the WS, I am sure it would be a wonderful shot too.



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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-11-12 13:19]

Hi annick.

great portrait, nice expression, with excellent clarity and detail. Well placed within the frame with a well chosen crop to focus the attention.



Bonsoir Annick,
Un cadrage serré très réussi auquel le format carré convient parfaitement. La netteté est au top.

Hi Annick,
Wonderful close-up of this majestic so called king of the beast, The details are fantastic! I love the piercing eye connection the viewer gets when viewing this image. Hope your doing great!
Paul :)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-14 11:21]

Hallo Annick , Een schitterende kop wat een beauty ,je zou hem zo aaien . groeten teunie .

i like his face in the center of the picture with those hypnotizing eyes looking at you and all the hair around the face. excellent portrait.

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