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Retrato de leon

Retrato de leon
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), kitty kitty !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-14 11:49
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. The lion is the second largest cat, after the tiger. The male lion, easily recognized by his mane, weighs between 150-225 kg (330-500 lb). Females range 120-150 kg (260-330 lb). In the wild, lions live for around 10–14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. Though they were once found throughout much of Africa, Asia and Europe, lions presently exist in the wild only in Africa and India (where they are found only in the Sasan-Gir National Park).

The coloration varies from light buff to yellowish, reddish or dark ochraceous brown. The underparts are generally brighter and the hairy tuft at the tip of the tail is black. The colour of the manes varies from blond to black.
Lions are predatory carnivores who manifest two types of social organization. Some are residents, living in groups, called prides. The pride consists of related females, their cubs of both sexes, and a group of one to four males known as a coalition who mate with the adult females. Others are nomads, ranging widely, either singly or in pairs.
Lions spend a lot of their time resting. They are inactive for about 20 hours per day.

So I was lucky to catch the Lion not sleeping, and attract their attention to look at me.
This photo was taken in “Parque El Pinar” in Caracas, Venezuela.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. leo

Panthera leo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-14 11:50]

Hola José Miguel,
Excelente retrato de este serio león. Un corte muy acertado y una nitidez y color perfectos.
Un saludo,
José Miguel

Such a beautiful portrait of this thoughtful male lion.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-14 12:21]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Magnificent portrait of this lion.Expression on face is amazing.I liked POV,clear details,tight framing,exposure and visual impact a lot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-14 12:28]

Hi Jose.
What a nice portrait you have done. Excellent personage. Funny incline of the head and cute expression of the face. Nice details and portrait sharpness. Your portrait is well composed, exposed and coloured. Bravo and TFS.

Very nice portrait, too bad he looks so sad. Good color and detail is sharp. I might suggest touching up the bright areas around the edge of the eye in PS.

lubie takie portrety, bardzo wyraznie wyszly oczy, piekne spojrzenie

Hola José .
Muy bueno el retrato del leon.

Nice shot very nice composition good eye contact looks a little sad in his eyes well done for the close detail rgds Necip.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-14 14:50]

Very nice portrait. Good pose and well composed. Too bad the picture is fairly noisy,


Hi Jose,
Beautiful and very fascinating eyes...

magnifique macro, belles couleurs nettes, parfait

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-14 16:49]

Hi Jose
Good portrait shot of this lion. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done Jose Miguel


Hola Jose.
Perfecta fotografia del rey de la jungla.
Los colores y detalles son perfectos y la expresion de los ojos es maravillosa.
Felicitaciones y un fuerte abrazo.

Hola José Miguel,
Magnífico retrato aunque encuentro un poco triste la mirada del león. Saludos

Muy buen close up del león. La fotografia tiene buena nitidez y un balance de colores equilibrado.

Hi Jose

Stunning portrait!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-15 2:50]

Hi Jose,
Nice Lion Portrait my friend.
I like his pose/expression,colors,framing,note,composition and sharpness.TFS

Hola Jose,
Very nice close up shot.
Great sharpness, very fine details, and nice colors.
Nicely cropped and well framed.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan

people of caracas...WATCH OUT!!!!!..:)
this is one of the best face on shots i have seen...and quite a healthy speciment
eyes are bright and attentive and the coat clean and fair
a true portrait..of the king

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-15 10:24]

Hi Jose

What a charming portrait of this very beautiful and impressive animal!
The look in his eyes is something special...it's like he's a bit upset of the fact that he's not free...you did great to capture that.
Also the full-frontal POV is excellent and the tight crop enhances the composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-15 12:23]

Un imponente retrato Jose Miguel... en todos los sentidos, técnica y estéticamente.
Una bella captura basada en un ajustado pero efectivo DOF, buena iluminación, foco y nitidez, brindando buenos detalles y colorido a este primer plano.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-16 9:50]

Hi JM, great portrait of this magnificent lion. Excellent POV and beautiful golden tones. I like the way you have filled the frame and details are superb, especially the eyes. Great work, TFS and have a great Christmas.

Best wishes,

¡Qué buen retrato, José Miguel! Impresionantes detalles y excelente nitidez. Los ojos son impactantes. Saludos, Yvonne

Hi Jose,
This one of the most beautiful; potrait of a lion that i have seen, Those eyes are hypnotizing, just imagine how it might look to its prey when its about to die!!.
Excellent details and colors

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-17 7:29]

Hi Jose.
Gorgeous detail faces hereof "king of animals".Very nice POV and beautiful composition.Perfect sharpness and fine sharp details.Very good light giving amazing colours.I like eye-contact.
Well done,nice work.TFS.
Greetings Milos

Hi Jose,
Very good portrait of the "Lion King". Very good cropping and nice details. I like the fantastic look of this lion, those eyes...
Compliments Jose.
Regards, Ruud

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-17 19:40]

Outstanding! The exposure is exceptional. The color tones are perfect. Outstanding detail and the eyes are excellent.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-18 6:20]

Fantastic shot Jose, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting
Happy New Year

hi jose,
wonderful portrait shot,
well composed, eye contact is so good,
nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Jose,

What a great expression you caught in those big Cat-King-Lion's eyes ;) He seems so tired and wondering where his natural's habitat has gone.

This is a wonderful portrait with excellent expression, mood and details. I wish you a wonderful new year and a long happy life to the King even if he is sad :-)

Goodness, it is not easy to stare a lion in the face, Jose!
What a remarkable portrait you have managed here! Those proud and fierce eyes stare out at the onlooker with the confidence and elan of a real king.
Superb portrait, my friend.

Hi JM,
Very nice portrait of this lion.
You have small collections but all of them are very good.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-18 13:53]

This is a beautiful portrait with amazing details, nice light and colours and perfect framing. Wonderful eyes but they appear to have quite a sad expression



Ciao Jose Miguel, wonderful portrait of this Lion, it's really a king!. Nice colors, lovely details, very well done.
Merry Christmas and Happy new year, Ciao Silvio

A regal stature, nice detail and I like the intensity of the gaze, well taken indeed!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-12-19 22:03]

Hola Jose Miguel.- Que bella foto es esta postal. Verdaderamente me agrada la nitidez y los colores de este Leon. Gracias por compartir y felicidades en estos dias para ti y toda tu familia. Luis52

Superb capture and prentation...well taken.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-20 13:32]

This is a very good portrait, nice shot, well composed and managed. He has a very sad look on his face.
Tfs paula

Muy buenas José Miguel.
Más que un retrato es un retratazo.
Mis felicitaciones por tan buena foto.
Un saludo

Great portrait Jose.
What I like most is the expression and the soulful eyes..They mezmerize :)
Happy Holidays!


Impressive shot of "the king". Great expression on its face. Nice colors and plenty of detail. Think that the picture is cropped just fine.
Well done and have a Merry Christmas & Happy NY

Hello Jose,
Lovely shot! I very much like the expression of this lion. The tight framing works superb and the details and colours look very good.
Very nice work!

Olá José, belo retrato, abraços, Luís.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-13 10:21]

OI José Bela foto esta de parabéns,que close perfeito,gostei muito otimo.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-17 16:10]

Super macro
lumière parfaite et belle netteté


Hello Jose Miguel,
He looks sad... or maybe they always do?
Great portrait of this majestic animal, well framed with fine details in the fur coat...
Tight cropping works well here, good eye cantact and fine focus!
Pablo -

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-01-21 12:03]

What a beautiful portrait of this male lion. the colours and sharpness is so rich and detailed and the unbalanced face (eyes not level) works so very well.

Very Nicely done

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-21 14:36]

Hi José Miguel, I think this is great portrait with very good sharpness and crop.TFS

Bonjour jose Miguel
Il est super ce lion,
de belles teintes et couleurs,
une très belle prise,


Hello Jose,
This is really a marvelleous portrait! Great sharpness and what an eye-contact! The lion however looks a be a bit sad, doesn't he?
Well done,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-24 21:39]

Hello Jose Miguel,
He looks sad, a typical expression for a captive cat. It's a nice portrait, good detail and colours, good light and focus on the eye. Nice work.

Beautiful frame filling photo Jose Miguel.
You've captured his wisdom and intelligence very well in this moment. Very Nice work.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-06 13:45]

Hola Jose!
Very successfull portrait of such calm and dignified king.Nice details, light and POV,excellent frontal view, I like his eyes, very tender.

Hola Jose Miguel !!!

Sin duda alguna uno de los mejores que he visto.
Una profundidad en la mirada del leon que cautiva a cualquiera !

+ luz
+ Composicion


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-18 12:00]
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Hi Jose

Wow MF, this is absolute raw natural beauty.

I don't think there is much more to say about this that has not been said already. You know it, all the previous critiquers know it, and so too I know it that this is one super portrait of the “King of the Animals”. I merely stopped by to give it my appreciation with a well deserved smiley.

Great work and TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-05 12:27]

Hi José,

Great expression on te face of this giant. Warm colors and supercomposition. My compliments!


Es curioso como sabes capturar el "lado bueno" de estos grandes felinos, les imprimes una gran personalidad. Este parece melancólico y muy inteligente :)
Preciosos tonos claro-oscuros definen perfectamente cada uno de los detalles. Un bonito trabajo.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-03-23 20:52]

Hola Jose Miguel, un retrato de Leòn muy bonita y nitida, puedes sentirte orgulloso de esta toma. Sira

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-03-28 15:35]

Cze¶æ. Fajny portret, ciekawy i dobry kadr, ¶wietne kolory. Udana fotka.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-15 8:12]

hello Jose
i see wonderful portrait photo of king of forests. but it looks like miserable :(
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, framing and note
thanks for sharing

Hi Jose. Beautifully close-up and clear photo of this marvellous beast. Good eye contact. TFS. Murray.

hola José Miguel

impresionante retrato de este león con una bonita expresión

el encuadre cerrado le queda muy bien y los colores y la nitidez son perfectos



Hello Jose,

I don't think I can say anything different than what all the others have said. I can only say that this is an amazing photo of an amazing animal. I love the softness in his eyes....I just want to cuddle him...and hope he doesn't eat me! Thank you for sharing a beautiful composition, with amazing color and clarity!

Take Care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2007-08-08 19:37]

Hola Jose
Beautiful close up of this expressive and somewhat sad lion.
The details are outstanding,as are the colors and light.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-06 3:31]

BUENOOOOOO!! Pero si no había llegado a comentar esta foto! Con lo que me gustan a mí los felinos y lo imponente que es este retrato! Me encanta el contacto visual y el aire pensativo que refleja el león en su mirada. El encuadre es singular y crea una maravillosa y atractiva composición con exquisitos detalles, especialmente en esos ojos tan leoninos y calculadores.
Un cordial saludo

Hi/Hola Jose Miguel,

I guess I'm just repeating what others said before me. This is one of the most marvelous pictures of a lion I ever saw. It's breathtaking.
Adivino que acabo de repetir lo que otros dijeron antes mí. Esto es uno de las imágenes más maravillosas de un león yo jamás vi. Es conmovedor.


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