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No matter how big or small, cats are cats and exhibit the same behaviors! San Francisco Zoo, California

No matter how big or small, cats are cats and exhibit the same behaviors! San Francisco Zoo, California
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trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman June 01, 2015
SO beautiful.
ElizabethSPool PRO+
 
ElizabethSPool June 01, 2015
Powerful, yet sweet.
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi June 01, 2015
Not just your normal pussycat... Another masterpiece. You Rock...
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold June 01, 2015
I agree with all - outstanding work!!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 June 02, 2015
Amazing (:
Wizzard PRO+
 
Wizzard June 04, 2015
Awesome shot of the King!!
JulesB
 
JulesB June 04, 2015
Magnificent Nina!!! What perfect timing again on an outstanding shot.....top marks for this one...excellent!!!!!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle June 06, 2015
Outstanding shot - there is so much texture to his mane and such a handsome lion - I love how you've isolated him - beautifully shot and processed!
gkeith1
 
gkeith1 June 07, 2015
Downward Lion stretch ..... beautiful image, and well captured, and processed
KenBrakefield PRO+
 
KenBrakefield June 08, 2015
Great edit Nina. You are learning well from the master.
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography June 09, 2015
amazing capture and pose ! .... I wish they came in a much smaller version , I love lions !
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 12, 2015
that makes my back feel good!
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donanzinger July 06, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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donanzinger July 06, 2015
Wonderful Image! I love your VB gallery.
AHogue PRO+
 
AHogue August 01, 2015
So many gorgeous images in your gallery. I could add a WOW to all of them!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 12, 2015
I just love this shot.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 06, 2015
Gorgeous! I love the big cats! Especially the King!
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 09, 2016
Oh. My. Goodness! LOVE this image. Can't get enough of big cats. You got him stretching too. Awesome!! :-)
marcpelletier
 
marcpelletier May 13, 2016
Excellent shot! Cats are cats indeed :)
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Cecirene July 04, 2016
Magnificent!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 15, 2016
Amazing !
jlappen PRO
 
jlappen October 19, 2016
INCREDIBLE ... just incredible. As are most of your photos. :-) Have seen photo after photo of lions and they are all magnificent, but NEVER one in this position. Can't say INCREDIBLE enough!!!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman November 06, 2016
Awesome.........people's choice award. Congratulations
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi November 06, 2016
Awesome job Congrats and on your Birthday to boot.. You rock
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 07, 2016
so cute. I love the drama here!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer November 07, 2016
Congratulations, my good friend! Won People's Choice in Lions, Tigers, Bears and Wolves. Oh My! Photo Challenge!! And so deserved!
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 November 18, 2016
Congratulations on your win!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson June 14, 2017
Another amazing capture. Love your gallery.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the San Francisco Zoo on a mild August day.
Time
Knowing that the animals tend to "hibernate" under the shade of a tree or inside their enclosures during the mid day heat, we made a point to get there early in the hopes of capturing the cats when they were out and about. I photographed this big male at about 9 a.m.
Lighting
Early morning when the light is "soft" is almost always the best time for most photography. This is especially true of animals in a zoo.
Equipment
This photo was taken handheld with a Nikon D7100 using a borrowed 500mm lens during a photo shoot.
Inspiration
Knowing that the big cats would be more active before the day got hot we made a point to photograph them earlier than later. We weren't disappointed when this big guy began wandering around his enclosure. He put on quite a show and we were able to capture some wonderful and different poses before he settled down for a long nap.
Editing
Lightroom and Photoshop were both utilized for slight color enhancement and clarity.
In my camera bag
Since taking this photo, I upgraded to a Nikon D750 full frame camera. My normal lens of choice is a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens which I find extremely versatile in most situations. I also have a Nikkor 24-120mm and a macro lens as well. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with a spare 32gb card as backup as I shoot in both Raw and jpg Fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Capturing animals with a camera is almost always a challenge, and this is especially true of those confined in a zoo. It is always a good idea to get there early. Not only is the lighting better, but the animals are almost always more active while the day is still cool; and since visitors are restricted by the animal enclosures, it's pretty difficult to take a photo of an animal once its wandered off to nap under a tree during the midday heat.

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