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Attentive Lover

Attentive Lover
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Copyright: Nico van Gijsen (Nico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm AF-G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-04 0:27
Viewed: 5000
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I watched this male lion for many hours over a period of days and was quite astounded by his attentive behaviour towards his female companon. I caught him at what looked like a very sensitive bite to the ear - even if this was not the case it was quite obvious that he is doing what intimate lovers do...
During the period mating male lions may not leave thefemale out of his sight for the period of romance that may stretch to 2 weeks (at 15 to 30 min intervals! - see also my notes on other lion postings).
This pair was photographed a the Letiahau waterhole, more or less in the center of the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. This is a very harsh land and lion prides are not very large as survival can be quite tough.
In PS I tried to bring justice to very hard shooting conditions with the lions in bright sunshine and the water (and doves) in the shade. I hope that I did manage to share the moment with you.

petrudamsa, Dave, glazzaro, wallhalla15, livios, scottevers7, marhowie, red45, PDP, Leace has marked this note useful
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Hi Nico,
Excellent lions shot.
The low light gives excellent color to the couple.
Picture looks very natural to me, so yes you did a good job and bring justice to the picture.
Well done !!!

Well, this is a stunning love scene. He probably did his hairstyle acording to her tastes.
It's a great photo. Just great.

Regards, Petru

Bite to the ear huh :) Never would've imagined that lions were so "lovey-dovey". From your notes I'd guess that the background has been pushed quite a bit. Wonder what it would look like if it remained that way - wouldn't that isolate the couple better thereby making the scene more intimate? Just thinking aloud here. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Nico,
This is a very good shot. You caught a good moment, the papatience pays of here. Well composed, nice colours and good detials.
Great work.

Lovely shot Nico!
It has superb mood and very good quality. You probably did well in PP because the photo looks very good.
I like it very much!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-04 4:50]

Hi Nico,
It looks like you caught the moment perfect!
A very touching and captivating photo!
Very nice!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-04 5:22]

Nico bonjour, superbe tableau avec une belle lumiére sur les deux fauves. Les reflets sur l'eau donnent de la profondeur de champ. Félicitations Didier.

Hi Nico,
Lovely scene!
The lighting is very good, excellent composition.
Very well done!

Lovely wildlife shot with feelings. Love the colors and DOF.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2005-12-04 12:19]

these lion shots get better and better

Hi Nico

Lovely shot. Good light and detail. Thanks.

Nice work, these are the kind of nature shots I really enjoy, detail and exposure are on the mark.


Excellent details and sharpness, great composition and great colours. Great work! Well done, Nico.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-04 16:33]

Nico, great sharpness, pov and composition.

Excellent details to show us this very nice moment.

Great job. Congratulations.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-04 17:01]

Hi Nico,
great shot, I like shots that show animals in some sort of action, well captured with excellent compo, good detail and colour. A shallower DOF would have isolated the pair from the BG and would have added to the story, but it gets well across in any case. "Something to drink, dear?"

Hi Nico,
I think you did an excellent job with the broad range of light in this shot. The light was soft enough to give that golden tone. The composition and pose you have captured are outstanding. Great job!

Excellent shot Nico. Great moment captured. Very good exposure under light/shadow conditions. It's well composed with great color and detail. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-05 8:50]

Amazing Nico, love is in the air! Great couple photo, excellent pose and moment. Good, warm colours and story in note.
I took very similiar picture of single lioness drinking water in Lodz's ZOO but yours is much better!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-08 14:29]

Hi Nico, a very nice capture of this interaction. The poses are good and it's a rare moment. A nice composition too.

Well done.

Beautiful shot of both the lions the image is real crisp & sharp with a nice overall exposure. :)

Points & Smiley tomorrow

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