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Ken, the lovable lion.

Ken, the lovable lion.
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47 Comments |
nelinr
 
nelinr December 09, 2014
love this... stunning capture..
Teri_Reames Platinum
Teri_Reames December 09, 2014
These 2 lions have become my favorite lions to photograph. I could just set and watch them for hours.
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw December 10, 2014
Beautiful !
Teri_Reames Platinum
Teri_Reames December 10, 2014
Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz December 13, 2014
Wow, fabulous capture. So nice and clear.
Teri_Reames Platinum
Teri_Reames December 13, 2014
Thank you, my husband purchased me a new lens and it made a huge difference.
Fauxtographer
 
Fauxtographer December 13, 2014
Amazing capture!
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Teri_Reames December 13, 2014
Thank you, I just love these guys as they are such goof balls. :)
abigailshirley
 
abigailshirley December 20, 2014
Love this, too cute!! :)
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 April 02, 2015
Stunning as usual ")
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Teri_Reames April 03, 2015
Thank you sweetpea72 ~ Richard and I were at the Safari Park on Monday and boy Ken and Dixie have grown. Again, thank you for your kind words. :)
cathyharper
 
cathyharper April 03, 2015
Absolutely stunning !!!!!!
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Teri_Reames April 04, 2015
Thank you so much Cathy! Ken & Dixie have a special place in my heart as they were orphaned by their mother. We try and go often to visit and see their progress.
Sanmi
 
Sanmi April 05, 2015
Photography Award, composition, light, everything is excellent.
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Teri_Reames April 06, 2015
Thank you very much Sanmi ~ I greatly appreciate your kind words. :)
wojtekogorzelski
 
wojtekogorzelski May 07, 2015
Congrats Teri SUPER :)))
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Teri_Reames May 07, 2015
Thank you Wojtek ~ big hugs from Southern California to Poland my friend. :)
DaveLoucks PRO+
 
DaveLoucks May 07, 2015
Congrats I know all the effort you two have placed in these images. Well deserved award!
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Teri_Reames May 07, 2015
Dave, I believe I got this shot the day Richard and I met you and Sally at the Safari Park. Thank your for the kind words and tell Sally a big hello from us!
wojtekogorzelski
 
wojtekogorzelski May 07, 2015
Successes Teri that is fine taking :))
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Teri_Reames May 07, 2015
Thank you for being so kind, Wojtek. :)
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter August 14, 2015
Great capture. Nice work. - Jake
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Teri_Reames August 16, 2015
Thank you Jake, for such kind words. They are greatly appreciated. :)
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography August 15, 2015
Congratulations Teri on another being a finalist in another contest. Wonderful image.
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Teri_Reames August 16, 2015
Thank you Ron, Ken my handsome little lion has made me proud. Sometimes it is being at the right place at the right time. :)
istarkocman
 
istarkocman August 16, 2015
Stunning capture Teri!!
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Teri_Reames August 16, 2015
Thank you Istar, I have been extremely fortunate!
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac August 30, 2015
Congratulations!
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Teri_Reames August 31, 2015
Thank you very much ~ Ken the lion has been extremely fortunate. :)
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography September 03, 2015
Saw we made the finalist list for Furry Friends and your husband also, congratulations, is 5 times the magic number for a win??
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Teri_Reames September 03, 2015
Ken the lion seems to always be a bridesmaid but never the Bride. Lets hope 5 times is the charm. This is the second time Richard and I have both been a finalist in the same contest. I don't think most people put it together we are married. Bring on the competition in the Reames household. LOL Though Richard has 39 plus years of taking photos then me. I am his little grasshopper still learning and enjoying the adventure!
gbrookshaw
 
gbrookshaw September 06, 2015
Great moment!
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Teri_Reames September 06, 2015
Thank you very much Ken the lion has a soft spot in my heart.
rocksteadyredhead
 
rocksteadyredhead September 06, 2015
This shot is nothing short of fabulous. Thank you for sharing this.
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Teri_Reames September 06, 2015
Thank you so much for the very kind words. I greatly appreciate them ~ they mean the world to me as I have only been doing photography for about a year now. :)
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac October 01, 2015
Way to go, once more! Congratulations!
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Teri_Reames October 02, 2015
Thank you again . . . we keep hoping for Ken the lovable Lion. LOL
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography November 08, 2015
Hi Teri, See we all made the finals for Exotic Wildlife. Been off for last 45 days traveling and trying to catch up. OK next time a WIN!!
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Teri_Reames November 08, 2015
Lets Hope!!!!! :)
adamgoodine
 
adamgoodine November 11, 2015
Great shot!!
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Teri_Reames November 11, 2015
Thank you very much! :)
sharonmeyers
 
sharonmeyers December 23, 2015
Lovely photo.
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Teri_Reames December 23, 2015
Thank you, that is very kind of you! :)
mttm429143
 
mttm429143 December 27, 2015
I love this picture :) I love doing pictures in zoo's I went to south Africa and that was my favorite part
Teri_Reames Platinum
Teri_Reames December 27, 2015
That is on my bucket list of life to visit South Africa. I have a friend who cares for 13 lions for a sanctuary. But until then, it is the Safari Park and the different Zoos. Thank you for the kind words. :)
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography January 23, 2016
Ok Teri see we are in same the finals again, congratulations.
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Teri_Reames January 24, 2016
Thank you and Congratulations to you as well. At least on this contest we don't have Mr. Reames to go up against too. LOL Good luck my friend. :)
SnowbunnyPhotography Platinum
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 12, 2016
Awwww! How cute! LOL! :-) Lovely image. Congrats on the awards. :-)
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Teri_Reames February 12, 2016
Thank you very much . . . it seems Ken has become the Susan Lucci of receiving awards. Hopefully it won't take him 26 years before he wins something. lol
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz February 16, 2016
Such an awesome picture Teri. I thought I had already commented on this shot of yours. Congrats on every award this has gotten. Each and every one was deserved. :-)
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Teri_Reames February 16, 2016
Thank you my dear friend, you are always such a sweet heart. :)
CRocha
 
CRocha February 23, 2016
Super momento. Congrats
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Teri_Reames February 25, 2016
Thank you very much!!!!!! :)
Tiff
 
Tiff June 04, 2016
Beautiful, Adorable, Funny, And Really Cute Shot, Well Done! =)
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Teri_Reames June 05, 2016
Thank you so much . . . :)
WillowSchadePhotography
 
WillowSchadePhotography July 08, 2016
Wonderful. Where did you take it?
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Teri_Reames November 27, 2016
I am so sorry I just saw your message. I took this at a Safari Park in California. And thank you for your kind words. :)
Pjerry
 
Pjerry November 27, 2016
Outstanding. Voted HQ
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Teri_Reames November 27, 2016
Thank you very much ~ that was extremely kind of you!!!!!
andinorwich
 
andinorwich December 23, 2016
wonderful lighting and structure to this photo... and the lion licking the log, just tickles me
HauntedArtistry
 
HauntedArtistry December 28, 2016
Wow this is a beautiful shot so peaceful
Jawatson12 PRO+
 
Jawatson12 December 28, 2016
Great Capture. I have watched them grow up and never get tired of seeing them.
SteBil30 Platinum
 
SteBil30 May 26, 2017
Incredible shot Teri. I too love these guys!
deepikapassi
 
deepikapassi June 02, 2017
just wow
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Teri_Reames June 11, 2017
Thank you!!!!!!
Masterphoto
 
Masterphoto July 08, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq September 05, 2017
Great shot, Teri! Congrats on your finalist award!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 April 28, 2018
Congrats,Mamas! シ
Christine_Thibeault
 
Christine_Thibeault September 18, 2019
This is gorgeous, I love so many of your pictures. Bless your skill
Teri_Reames Platinum
Teri_Reames September 19, 2019
You are extremely kind, thank you so much!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis November 09, 2019
Beautiful capture :-)
brookeperry
 
brookeperry January 15, 2020
Beautiful
mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E
 
mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E April 09, 2020
How precious! What a stunning capture!
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Teri_Reames April 10, 2020
I was extremely fortunate on this shot. Thank you so much for your kind words.
nina050
 
nina050 June 07, 2020
GREAT capture!
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Teri_Reames June 09, 2020
Thank you very much!!!!
mariannebesselsen
 
mariannebesselsen June 14, 2020
Beautiful
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller July 10, 2022
Amazing capture
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Teri_Reames July 26, 2022
Thank you very much!!!
RavenHawk58
 
RavenHawk58 August 27, 2023
Outstanding
tathagatakarmakar
 
outstanding
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Teri_Reames Apr 16
Thank you very much!!!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo of the lion was taken at an animal sanctuary/Safari Park. A brother and sister duo were orphaned by their mother due to the female cub having a bladder infection. In the wild the mother would have killed her newborn cubs knowing one was ill. The sanctuary took the brother and sister duo in and bottle fed them and gave them a loving environment. At 18 months old they were relocated to a zoo here in the United States. As a new photographer I learn something new everyday. However, I have spent countless hours watching over these two amazing animals taking hundreds of photos to finally find the perfect shot of Ken. Patience is definitely required. The sanctuary is run by donations only and a couple by the name of Ken and Dixie made a large donation to help save these two beautiful animals. Therefore, that is how these two lions got their names.

Time

Though I took hundreds of photos this day, this particular photo was taken in the late afternoon in December. The two cubs were more active and playful allowing me to capture Ken licking a tree stub.

Lighting

Since it was the month of December and the sun was starting to set in the late afternoon it allowed a burst of sun light to shimmer through the trees highlighting Ken in a unique way.

Equipment

At the time I owned a Nikon D600. I have since upgraded to a Nikon D750. As a birthday gift my husband purchased me a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm lens. This was my first time using my new lens and I am extremely happy with the results. Both my husband and I own Manfrotto 05CX3 tripods with a 322RC2 head. With this heavy of a lens you absolutely need a tripod.

Inspiration

My inspiration for this photo comes from my love of animals, especially lions. I have a friend who runs a sanctuary in Africa caring for 13 lions. He has educated me on the numerous countries that allow canned hunting. That includes the United States. It breaks my heart to know that anyone would kill an animal for just the sport of it. Lions have become one of my passions to photograph. I find them to be majestic beautiful creatures.

Editing

I shoot in RAW upload to Adobe Lightroom for most of the initial processing. I then export my image as a TIF file and finish processing in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This particular photo took very little editing.

In my camera bag

I own two camera backpacks. The larger camera bag I usually will keep all of my lenses, Gorilla tripod, etc. The smaller backpack I pack the lenses I feel I will need for that shoot. I also take any and all filters I may need ~ ND Filter, Circular Polarizing Filter, 10 Stop ND Filter and of course my Nikon D750 camera. My husband and I own 9 different Nikon lenses so what we are shooting for the day determines what lenses we take.

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Trying to photograph animals is like trying to herd cats. It may take many visits at different times of the day. And hundreds upon hundreds of photos. I have a saying "It truly takes a little bit of talent and a whole lot of luck to get the perfect shot of an animal". You can not pose a wild animal, nor talk to a wild animal it is up to the wild animal to be themselves. It is luck if you are there at the right moment in life to share in their experience. Patience is my best advice.

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