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portrait of the king

portrait of the king
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Copyright: juan jose munoz (juanjo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 10:08
Viewed: 5131
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
close portrait of a old male lion, taken in a zoo
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-19 10:15]
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hi juan.
superb pic,

Hello Juan,

I really like the subtle use of colour here, which I think works better and an overly saturated version would. Less is more in this case. I also love the close crop, which makes for a very striking image.

Kind regards,


Hola Juan,
Very good closeup shot
very impressive potrait indeed
muchas gracias

Hi Juan,splendid potrait of the king,wonnnderfull expression on her face.Well done

Hola Juan José,
Impresionante retrato del rey león!
Muy bueno el primer plano que conseguiste del animal, el contacto visual y los detalles del pelambre.
Buen trabajo y gracias por compartirlo.
Un gran saludo,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-19 14:48]
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This poor old fellow has lost all the colour of his youth!
Great composition

Hi Juan,
I really like the color of this king.
what did you do to the color?
the Closeup really does well for this too.
Well done.


Hello JJ,
A fine portrait, and the expression is well captured!
For some reason lions often seem to have so sad eyes, this one included...
Amazing close-up, good details!
Pablo -

Con los tonos que has logrado con esta cabeza de león, parece que es un trofeo de esos que se cuelgan en las paredes...
Buenos efectos, el animal luce cansado, aburrido, esperando a ver qué hacen con él.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-20 2:55]
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Hi Juan,
super job...there's alot of expression in this portrait, almost a kind of melancholy feel. Very misleading when we know how viscious and ferocious they can really be. Well done.

Hi Juan Jose, this is really the king of animals, splendid portrait, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-20 19:59]
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Hello Juan ! Well the king is the king ! Well done on this portrait, he looks a bit tired but he's still a good looking guy ! Great technique ! Well done, thanks,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-22 10:49]
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Hi Juan.
You managed to create a terrific portrait of this majestic old animal. All is perfect: crop, very suitable colour palette, reflection of the expression of the face and state of mood, perfect level of sharpness (not crisp but true "portrait>"). Bravo and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-23 12:29]
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Hi Juan

A lovely portrait shot but such sad eyes. Nicely composed, lovely tones and good focus



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