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Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort
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Copyright: Ted Alan Stedman (talan2) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 18] (126)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1N, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Fuji Provia 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 8:25
Viewed: 4473
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a straight-on portrait of an alpha male lion in a pride of maybe a dozen others in Sabi Sand Game Preserve. This private reserve shares a border with Kruger Nat'l. Park, but it gets only a fraction of the visitors. Water runs year-round here, so wildlife spotting is excellent -- especially for lions. I was shooting from the standard open-top Range Rover safari vehicle, and I could not believe how close we were. This shot was at the most 10 meters away. He didn't seem bothered -- obviously he's used to seeing vehicles with the weird humanoids on board. I was shooting digital primarily, but this shot is from film, so the palate is a little softer. The corresponding digital image is crisper. I'd purchased several bricks of Fuji film and the last couple dozen rolls had been sitting in the freezer for a couple years, so I decided to finish it off here. I like the results, Old School as they are.

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This is something I would love to do before I die -- go to Africa to visit a preserve like this. I think your film did well capturing this considering its age. It's really not that soft on focus on my monitor. Great look on his face...he does seem a bit bored with it, doesn't he. Nice framing. Cheers! Penny

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-04 9:24]

hi ted,
lovely portrait,

Good catch - though I believe the image must have lost quite a bit of detail by the scanning process.
But a great shot it is - simply majestic!
Cheers, Klaus

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