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African lion

African lion
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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: 2007-10-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1, The King [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 4:17
Viewed: 5729
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Episode II, day 3.
II.3. (3/20).
Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Weather: a rainy day.

A rainy day ...and the King's condition as you can see, is not really a pleasant sight.
There is 'lion', people said to me. They showed me the way. You will see the cars...Ooh...
Indeed 10-15 cars were first on the tarred road and afterwards on the gravel road. The latter became a muddy road after a while. Only 4x4, Jeep and... one Toyota Corolla were trying to find their way... Once again: Corolla, a very good car!
I said lions. Well there were 2. This male and a female. She was his boss in a way. First she got up and
then he got up and followed her. She knew something wasn't right and it was as he lost his proud somehow. It was as the lioness was in charge and still believed in her king.
Saw once the same Cougar behaviour in a zoo. The one in the good condition knows something is the matter sending caring messages towards the other and 'frustration' messages to the viewers.

Taken in Lower Sabie environment. Through open window.

My Big 5 (in posting order):

Thanks and a good weekend!

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
6/10/2007 13:00:58
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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To Mana: Hello Sumon,vanderschelden 1 11-18 09:06
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-17 4:30]

Yeah he does look a bit down doesn't he!
Looks like he's blind in one eye. :(
Well done on photographing the BIG FIVE.
It is truly a great achievement.
+++ Great sharpness and vast amount of detail.
Decent composition and POV.
Great lighting and colours.
--- Nothing :)
Congratulations Annick!
Well done,

Hello Annick
Excellent shot of this African lion,
Perfect focusing,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,What happened to his right eye? :o)


Hi Annick,
Fascinating image of this lion.
It's so interesting the way it looks, I mean, don't know if was due to the rain, but this one really seems kind of upset.
Does he have an eye's scare?
Anyways I like this capture of the "king" on the wild.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,


You are right there is something bad in his eye...but however seems he was looking to all of you there, like he was curious about

Good DOF and colours



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-17 6:34]

Ahh...yes...the missing piece of the "big 5" puzzle :)
Wonderful shot Annick!

It's not one of those classic lion pictures we see on tv - a lion walking proudly through the savana on a torrid sunny day. It's more of an emotional picture with this old fellow injured and "licking his wounds". Maybe that's why he was so obediant at the female.
Technically, despite the difficult condition - not ideal light and "heavy" surroundings of your subject, you still managed a great shot of this old soldier.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-17 7:59]

Wonderful story!
This poor old beast is not a pretty sight, but it seems he is still well cared for
Superb composition and details

Hello Annick,
Another impressive capture, this time the well battled
king of the jungle, not easy being king, but he has
the scars and wounds to tell us he's king! Everything
about the picture is perfect my friend, well done


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-17 8:45]

Hi Annick.- Exelent photo of "The King" Very very nice shot. I like it a lot. Looks like He is a old one, or maybe he is tired. Saludos Luis52.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-17 8:57]

Wonderful portrait of this beautiful king of the animals.TFS
Kind regards Rose

Salut Annick,
Dommage pour cette fière bête de se retrouver à moitié aveugle et , après-tout, que ferions nous sans nos femmes ;-)
Une excellente photo en tous cas, parfaitement composée et techniquement parfaite.
Bonne soirée, Mike

Hello Annick,
How are you!
very well captured of the King in great pose!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
very well done and well composed indeed
all the best

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-17 10:56]

Hi Annick,
well captured... nice pose and good exposure

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-17 23:32]

Impressive shot,Annick!
Colors,sharpness and details are great!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-18 5:50]
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Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of this King of the Jungle in a regal pose. Very stricking image with natural colours and perfect lighting. Is one eye damaged? Never mind, looks fearful anyway. Great composition. Kudos.

Hello Annick,
I missed this one. Whenever I look at your photos, then it's like I'm in the zoo. :)
Outstanding details and POV here, with very nice composition as usual.
Also, lovely colours and well presented with perfect focusing.
TFS and warm regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-11-21 20:32]
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Hi Annick

Even a large place like the Kruger Park can really be part of such a small world. Not only the 4x4's, Jeeps, and your Toyota Corolla managed to negotiate this mud bath, but so too did my Nissan Tiida and we must have passed right by one another without realising it. Same as you, we were also staying in Lower Sabie camp on the night of 6 October. From your Travelogue I further observed that we were also staying in Shingwedzi at the same time as you did (14-15 October) and so too in Letaba (17 October). Such a pity we did not or could not recognise or meet each other and at least just exchanged a hello, nice to meet you, enjoy the rest of your trip, etc... At least it seems like you had a fabulous time and I am happy for your sake that Kruger revealed its beauty to you.

I obviously follow all your Kruger postings and in so doing appreciate all your sightings and experiences as well. You have made good work of this capture as the mud, the rain, the dark conditions, and the long grass was much more of a handicap than one would gather from this posting. We who were there can really value and realise the quality and beauty of this shot.

Great work and TFS.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-11-25 11:55]

cant resist the king shots..
my all time favourite in the wild..majestic and aloof and at times...very photogenically friendly
so above anything going on yet a killer ready to be unleashed
i like this old guys indifference
the coat, nose scarring and eye tells me he is still boss in his area
edit..the closer i look maybe he is taking a back seat..:)
like me..retired

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-27 11:49]

Hello Annick

This is so real and wild.Like Scar from the Lion King.Awesome snag!
The focus is sharp with excellent sharpness.
The colours are natural.I really like the natural setting.


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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-03 14:13]

Hola Annick,
Una gran foto, y un gran momento este....buen enfoque y mejor encuadre al igual que los tonos,
saludos José

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