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NanaSue54 October 14, 2015
AWESOME shot!!! :)
 
ogilvie October 15, 2015
You must remember that animals color depeding on the time of year you capture these beauts, the color of the environment etc. can vary . In the.rainy rainy season theyare washed clean of dust and will "change"color. Color of lions , for instance, vary from different parts of the same country and region. Still a great capture.!!!
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Wizzard October 16, 2015
The King and his cubs,what a wonderful portrait!!
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YvonneJeaK October 16, 2015
Wonderful
 
davidsloan October 16, 2015
Beautiful, natures very best. exquisite.
 
gondmagdi October 17, 2015
OMG !!! Stunning capture !!!!
 
DorisSeybold October 17, 2015
Wow Gracie!!! Gorgeous!!!!
 
Capture-Life October 17, 2015
TOUGH! I'm leavin' another comment AND award! because i looooove your kitty shots, repost or not!! :):) you nailed this one.. color is much more natural!! ❤ we are perfectionist…it's part of the game! and pain! LOL!
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JDay October 18, 2015
Doesn't get any better than this!
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ntgreen October 18, 2015
Worth a second look ... and a second award. I love the original but know about not feeling right about a post ... this is just as spectacular!
 
malread October 19, 2015
Amazing capture, sharp great tone, well composed.
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mcampi October 21, 2015
Kay you rock. The lighting is perfect, the subject is outstanding and the composition is awsome. Wow mark
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onyanita October 21, 2015
light and colour look great!
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onyanita October 21, 2015
voted!
 
Kazza60 October 21, 2015
stunning !!!
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GigiJim08 October 22, 2015
Wow I hear their calls. Voted exotic wildlife!
 
estercastillo08 October 23, 2015
Voted Exotic Wildlife
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Vince542 October 24, 2015
Amazing shot, VOTED I hope you win!!!
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modelmeemaw October 24, 2015
Really nice capture!
Martha
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nina050 October 24, 2015
That was supposed to be a Magnificent Capture!
Rrrrrrr VB!! So incredible! (The shot, not VB!) Love it.
 
estercastillo08 October 27, 2015
wonderful !!
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Elyzabeth October 28, 2015
Dahlink, you could not have done better if you tried, I can almost feel his breath! Ogilive's comment was very interesting.
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Elyzabeth October 28, 2015
Voted Exotic Wildlife :)
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rmr731 October 28, 2015
I love it! Beautiful capture! You know I love those lions!
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lizziemellis October 28, 2015
Magnificent shot:-)
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lizziemellis October 28, 2015
Voted Exotic wildlife good luck:-)
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onyanita October 30, 2015
voted!
 
estercastillo08 October 30, 2015
Congratulations! Curator's Choice in Covers Contest Vol 25
 
Jeta1websandpix November 01, 2015
Incredible capture Gracie. Voted. Good luck! :)
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UnkleFrank November 02, 2015
Excellent group shot. Looks like they are having a growl along.
 
JulesB November 03, 2015
You can see how proud he looks...excellent capture !!!
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Bazz November 04, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Exotic Wildlife Photo Contest!
 
Kazza60 November 04, 2015
congrats on the Exotic Wild life finalist award .. looks like a winner to me !!
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carolcardillo November 04, 2015
Excellent! Congrats, Kay, on being a Finalist!
 
valiastevens November 04, 2015
Fabulous shot.
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UnkleFrank November 05, 2015
Way to go, congratulations on your finalist award, I always liked this image.
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KenBrakefield November 05, 2015
Congratulations. Well done
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rmr731 November 05, 2015
Congrats Gracie!
 
Flosno November 06, 2015
If Daddy could purr....they're all purring...beautiful
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Elyzabeth November 07, 2015
Voted Image of the Month :)
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GigiJim08 November 08, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
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GigiJim08 November 08, 2015
voted image of the month!
 
estercastillo08 November 10, 2015
Voted Image of the Month
 
estercastillo08 November 10, 2015
congratulations ! on being a finalist, good luck Gracie, ester
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kathleenweetman November 13, 2015
How great to be a finalist....Wonderful shot...Voted .k
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UnkleFrank November 17, 2015
A must vote for Image of the year.
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CozmicKarol November 18, 2015
Love this capture
 
abi23 December 05, 2015
I love this! Simple, honest and a wonderful capture of a personal moment between mother and cub ! Go you !!!!
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GigiJim08 December 07, 2015
Voted Image of the year!
 
estercastillo08 December 09, 2015
Voted Image of the Year
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lizziemellis December 12, 2015
Voted ..image of the Year:-)
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kathleenweetman December 12, 2015
Voted ..Image of the Year....k
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UnkleFrank December 16, 2015
Voted Image of the Year.
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onyanita December 16, 2015
voted Image of the Year
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Elyzabeth December 16, 2015
Voted Image of the Year!
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AnneDphotography December 22, 2015
wow, this is a stunner Grace ! detail color and emotion are incredible ! Congrats on the awards , well deserved ! :)
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kathleenweetman February 17, 2016
Voted........oooooh love it........love it....love it....k
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GigiJim08 February 20, 2016
voted from afar wildlife!
 
estercastillo08 February 28, 2016
Voted From Afar Wildlife
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UnkleFrank May 05, 2016
A very willing vote for Animal Kingdom.
 
estercastillo08 May 08, 2016
Voted Animal Kingdom
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kathleenweetman May 08, 2016
VOTED ...ANIMAL KINGDOM..K
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GigiJim08 May 11, 2016
They shout, they sing, and they love. Voted animal Kingdom!
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kathymuhle May 24, 2016
Perfect - voted animal kingdom
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UnkleFrank May 28, 2016
Way to go!!!! Congratulations on a very well deserved "Feature" award. My compliments.
 
estercastillo08 June 05, 2016
Voted On The Wild Side,
 
estercastillo08 June 05, 2016
Congratulations !!!!! Gracie Featured Award, ester
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lizziemellis June 09, 2016
Beautiful..voted on the Wild side:-)
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UnkleFrank June 15, 2016
One of my favorites, voted On the Wild Side.
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UnkleFrank June 15, 2016
Voted Wildlife in Remote Places.
 
estercastillo08 June 27, 2016
Voted Wildlife in Remote Places
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Arzhtatiana July 27, 2016
A great shot!
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GigiJim08 August 09, 2016
voted feline!
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UnkleFrank August 18, 2016
Voted Feline Fancy. Great image Kay.
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kathymuhle August 18, 2016
A favorite - voted feline fancy
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GigiJim08 September 01, 2016
voted feline fancy!
 
estercastillo08 September 01, 2016
Voted Feline Fancy
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kathleenweetman September 02, 2016
Feline fancy....voted ..k
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UnkleFrank November 09, 2016
It's always nice to find one of your images gracing the Featured View Bug Wall. My compliments for having it in there twice.
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trainwoman December 18, 2016
Well put..........another black mark against VB and their ignorant policies
I personally can see why this was awarded so many times and it should be shown
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KayBrewer December 18, 2016
Thanks, Glenda!
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UnkleFrank December 18, 2016
I think more VB patrons should do the same as you wrote in your photo description. Over time, the VB leaders have alienated many of us with their ignorant and blatant "rules" for their laziness of NOT giving us our due awards in our photo page. It is not clutter!!! It is acknowledgement for an outstanding image.
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KayBrewer December 18, 2016
Thanks for the support, Unk! More people should protest.
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kathymuhle February 04, 2017
Filling the mind with song - voted Visions of Africa
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Elyzabeth February 12, 2017
Voted Visions of Africa :) (Which you will be, just a vision if you keep getting that close!)
 
estercastillo08 February 14, 2017
Voted The Vision of Africa
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carolcardillo February 19, 2017
Congrats again, Kay, for being a Finalist!
 
Kazza60 February 19, 2017
congrats Kay .. love this .. a well deserved award :)
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FredericMONIN February 21, 2017
Great capture !!!
 
estercastillo08 February 22, 2017
Voted Around the World
 
estercastillo08 February 22, 2017
Congratulations !! Kay , one of the finalist, Visions of Africa Photo Contest, good luck
 
DorisSeybold February 23, 2017
Congrats Kay for being finalist!!! Now go for the 1 prize - you deserve it!! and I´ll vote for you!!
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kathymuhle February 26, 2017
Beautiful - voted
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kathleenweetman March 05, 2017
Voted ...around the world comp.....Love your lons k
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GigiJim08 April 03, 2017
Congratulations on your award!
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kathleenweetman April 08, 2017
Voted African wildlife image..k
 
estercastillo08 April 09, 2017
Voted African wildlife
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GigiJim08 April 11, 2017
voted African wildlife!
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Eddieuuu071 April 16, 2017
Thank you for submitting your wonderful photo to this challenge!
 
estercastillo08 August 18, 2017
Voted Wildlife Babies
 
estercastillo08 August 28, 2017
Voted Feline Beauty
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UnkleFrank September 06, 2017
Congrats on another Feature. I read your story and feel your pain. Unfortunately we all belong to a site whose powers to be do what they want. They have an attitude of like it or leave it. This site has the same revolving door policy as the progressives that have dominated Silicon Valley and the internet since the last political administration.
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GigiJim08 September 21, 2017
i love this! voted wildlife!
 
MichelleAnnHarrison April 04, 2018
Gorgeous pride the King and his babes. Beautiful site to see father and babies

Like Father, Like Son--Black Maned Lions of the Kalahari



These are black maned lions of the Kalahari in Botswana. We came upon a pride of 10, the male, 5 cubs, and 4 females. They had killed a gnu the night before and...
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These are black maned lions of the Kalahari in Botswana. We came upon a pride of 10, the male, 5 cubs, and 4 females. They had killed a gnu the night before and were headed in to find shade for a rest. The male had already gone ahead to scout the territory and had just called a couple of the cubs to come to him.

I DO WANT TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS PICTURE HAS RECEIVED SIX FEATURES, BUT VIEWBUG, IN ITS INFINITE WISDOM NOW HAS THE POLICY TO JUST SHOW ONE OF THEM. "TO KEEP YOUR PHOTO PAGE CLEAN, WE ARE NOT ADDING A DUPLICATED FEATURE AWARD : )". (YES, THE SMILEY FACE IS THEIRS). SO I'LL CLUTTER UP MY OWN DAMN PAGE.

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Behind The Lens

Location
Botswana in southern Africa, Kalahari Reserve
Time
Just before sunrise and through sunrise - the Golden Hour!
Lighting
It was tough not to be SO golden - golden sunrise, golden grass, golden lions. I actually had to tone down the gold on the pictures. It looked natural to my eyes, but the photos not so much. Looked like I amped up the saturation, but I didn't! For this one, I desaturated a bit.
Equipment
Canon 5D Mark III, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom, my knee or the door frame of the vehicle was my tripod, no flash. Nikon circular polarizer.
Inspiration
One of the guides at the "permanent tented camp we were staying in saw this pride way off in the distance on the plains. We left breakfast on the table and jumped into the vehicle (did I mention it's a topless vehicle????) and dashed off to find them.These are black maned lions of the Kalahari in Botswana. We came upon a pride of 10, the male, 5 cubs, and 4 females. They had killed a gnu the night before and were headed in to find shade for a rest. The male had already gone ahead to scout the territory and had just called a couple of the cubs to come to him. Inspiration? The opportunity to be up close and personal (sometimes TOO close for comfort) to these magnificent animals in the wild, watching them act normally. I didn't stop to frame photos and decide what was next. This was the chance of a lifetime so I steadily clicked that shutter and caught what I caught. At any time, if the lions started acting antsy, that was our cue to ease out of there. I knew I wouldn't ever have this opportunity again. So I clicked and clicked.
Editing
I shot Daylight White Balance, shutter priority (1/500) and let the camera choose the fstop. Unfortunately with that light (not very bright), the high shutter speed, as low ISO as I could go with, the DOF suffered. I focused on the animals so the grass and background pretty much blurred out. The good thing was that I mostly got the animals in detail and didn't really care that the background wasn't focused. I brought the RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW, and made a few adjustments before bringing it into Photoshop CS6. I did a little "border patrol", straightened horizons (pet peeve), then ran it through Perfect Effects 8 for a bit of HDR effect. I did a lot of denoising because despite my wishes, the ISO was high. I masked the lions and denoised the background. The I masked the background and got as much detail on the lions as possible. I desaturated the animals a little because the lighting made them seem unnaturally gold.
In my camera bag
For this particular outing, I had 2 camera bodies: Canon 5D Mark III with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom, and Canon 60D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens, both with Nikon circular polarizers. Dust blower because there's a lot of that there! Also my Canon G15 point and shoot for emergency shots. But if I'm going out in the car and don't know what I'll run into to shoot, I'll have my whole set of gear - all lenses, all cameras, teleconverter, cleaning materials, 2 tripods (Manfrottos), black cloth to cover my camera viewscreen in the bright sun, mounts, manuals, guides, lots of SD and CF cards, and maybe a small laptop.
Feedback
Go to Botswana and get the best guide available! There are SO many animals there! And so fewer tourists than other African safari countries--the guide companies ensure that. Be prepared to pay dearly for this privilege. Carry your long lenses, your best camera. Leave fear behind because, let's face it, you're out there with some animals that could eat or stomp you and you're going to probably be in a topless vehicle. Finally (advice I didn't take heed of), go with photographers. I was with people with point and shoots and more interested in moving moving moving than photography. I think we all know that people who aren't photographers are rarely patient with the time it takes for a photographer to really work.

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