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Portrait of a hunter

Portrait of a hunter
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal Portraits II, Lions [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-21 15:05
Viewed: 5560
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African lion (Panthera leo)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Panthera leo

Geographic Range

African lions (Panthera leo) live in most of sub-Saharan Africa except in desert and rainforest habitats. Lions were exterminated from South Africa and they remain only in Kruger and Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks. Lions once ranged throughout southwest Asia and north Africa. Asiatic lions (P. l. persica) belong to the single remaining subspecies in this region. Once roaming from Greece to central India, Asiatic lions persist in the Gir forest of northwest India.


African lions live in plains or savanna habitat with a large prey base (mostly ungulates) and sufficient cover available. In these optimal habitats, lions are the second most abundant large predator, after spotted hyenas Crocuta crocuta. Lions can also live, with wider ranges, in most habitats except in tropical rainforests and in deserts. Lions can live in forested, shrubby, mountainous, and semi-desert habitats. They are capable of living at high altitudes. There is a lion population in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia at 4,240 m.

Asiatic lions live in scrubland and teak forest in the small Gir Forest preserve of India.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-21 17:33]

Hi Eddie,
It's a beautiful shot, fantastic detail, great light, colour and perfect exposure. Beautifully framed, perfect DOF with no fall-off on the Lioness at all, excellent. The BG looks a bit strange though, there is a halo effect around the lioness' head.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-21 18:15]

Hi Eduard
This is a beautiful image of a lioness.The clarity and sharpness is superb.The composition is well done .TFS

Very nice clean portrait. I had to look for the halo. Indeed I found it. It doesn't disturb me.

Hi Eduard

A lovely shot. Nicely composed with excellent exposure, POV and depth of colour. Sharpness and clarity are spot on. Nice work. :-)

I stay close to Kroonstad, FS, South Africa. :)

This portrait is exceptionally sharp and well exposed. The details are amazing. The eyes captivating. One can always see captive lions by their absolutley untouched beauty. Excellent work.

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Hello Eduard,
I like lions...well I like pictures cause I don't have to be afraid of them...;) I like their eyes with this red tone. They look so intelligent! This is a wonderful shot! Congratulations!
Have a nice day!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-09-09 8:17]

Hello Eduard , A Beautifull portret from the lion ,great details eyes colours pov bg very good ,Nice Weekend Teunie .

She's a gorgeous animal, and you've captured her beautifully. The composition and lighting are perfect. I see the halo just at the top of her head, and by the ear on the right, but I might not have if it hadn't been pointed out. I'm wondering though if it's a sign that you altered the background? I think it was a good decision if you did, but I'm curious.

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