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The Roar!!!!

The Roar!!!!
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-01 17:50
Viewed: 3773
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Lion

Cool facts:
Backward-curved horny papillae cover the upper surface of the tongue; these are useful both in holding onto meat and removing parasites during grooming. The roar of a lion can be heard up to five miles away and can be most intimidating up close. Territorial roaring is usually heard an hour after sunset. When separated they roar to let each other know where they are; females often call their cubs by roaring. The mature male's mane not only makes him appear larger but protects his throat from his mortal enemies-other marauding lions and the hyenas after his cubs or kill.

Typically a mature male stands 4 feet at the shoulder and is 8 .5 feet long, plus tail. He'll average 450 pounds. Females are considerable smaller, weighing less than 300 pounds. Adult lions usually have a plain unspotted coat, light brown to dark ochre in color. Cubs are marked with spots which sometimes persist on the legs and belly until they are fully grown. Male lions have a brown mane, which tends to grow darker and fuller as the animal ages. The tail has a black tuft at the end. "White" lions occasionally occur in the Transvaal region of southern Africa, but these are not true albinos.

source: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azlion.html

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-01 18:07]

Hi Adam

Stunning head shot, well captured, excellent detail pose and colours. If I look at it long enough I think I can actually hear the roar. Well done.

Regards Hilary

Frankly, I am speechless. This is going into my Favorites. What a superb capture.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Adam,
Superb close up picture of roaring lion. Very sharp with great details. Greatly composed. Perfect picture [shoul be 3 points for this].

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-01 21:47]

Hi Adam

I am glad I am not his dentist.Excellent timing and capture of this Lion. Wonderful composition,and detail.TFS


Good shot, Adam! Excellent timing and capture? A very impressive portraot of this lion
Best regards

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-02 4:03]

Hi Adam,
It's possible to imagine so many emotions looking at this shot. He could be angry, in pain, it's an image that allows the mind to explore a little. That makes it a great shot for me. Technically very good, just a little noise in the BG, possibly a combination of ISO 500 and a crop. The contrast is superb, especially around the mouth, it adds to the impact of the shot I think. Great work.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-02 9:32]

Hi Adam,

Excellent timed,suppose just visited the dentist,picture very sharp and detailed with good colors,well seen and captured,


this one is also great.
nice moment.

TFS it


Hi Adam,

Somehow I was surprised that this was your image. What did you do to this poor fellow...take just one too many pictures of him? " Enough is enough!!" he says! : ) He looks so well groomed! It is a great, sharp capture.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-03 2:59]

Hi Adam,
WOW! What a fantastic and unusual POV. : )
I have never had such a clean look into a lion's mouth.
What BIG teeth he has! And clean ones too. : )
The details are so sharp. It does look as though he has just stepped out of the hair salon.
TFS this great shot. : )

  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-14 13:03]

Hi Adam,

This guy has strong teeth. I like the expression of this giant lion.


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-16 15:30]

"rrrrooooaaaarrrr!!" i can almost hear it.
wonderful portrait, adam, which would make a dentist very happy. *g*
"grandmother", why do you have such big teeth?
perfect timing on this amazing pose.
excellent job & take care, thorsten.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-25 2:51]

This is a great pose! One of the best lion poses I have seen. Good exposure and sharp focus. Well done & TFS!


Hi, Adam.
Wonderful expression! Very sharp, excellent exposure, details.

wow! great shot! Great detail and sharpness, Thats no kitty cat..! TFS
Donna :o)

Hi Adam,
this is a great portrait of this lion. Colours and shades are beautiful and the details you managed to get are excellent!
Thanks and regards

What makes this picture strong to me is the right angle and very sharp exposure of the eye + crossing moustache-hairs.Thanks a lot

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