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Lion stare



Close encounter with a lion in the Kruger National Park South Africa.

Close encounter with a lion in the Kruger National Park South Africa.
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12 Comments | Report
robynlesley
 
robynlesley March 08, 2016
Congratulations
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henktencate March 08, 2016
Thank you!!
Dave_B
 
Dave_B March 08, 2016
Congratulations and a beautiful shot.
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henktencate March 08, 2016
Thank you!!
Roussou
 
Roussou March 13, 2016
Beautiful, this looks like a very close encounter.
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henktencate March 13, 2016
Indeed, but thanks to modern telephoto lenses I am still here.
andrealapping
 
andrealapping March 27, 2016
Beautiful x
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henktencate March 28, 2016
Thank you.
vbscottkinfw243499
 
vbscottkinfw243499 March 28, 2016
I love this capture for so many reasons, but what sums it up most for me is that it is a beautiful portrait of a magnificent animal. You have captured his spirit, and he seems at peace. Excellent@
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 30, 2016
Beautiful!!.....and congrats on your award!! : )
lmcgriff Platinum
 
lmcgriff March 31, 2016
This takes my breath away.
blesseddesigns
 
blesseddesigns March 31, 2016
Those eyes. Incredible.
Chono_Wolf
 
Chono_Wolf March 31, 2016
Yes, it is confirmed! It is Not camera taking pictures, it is the person behind the camera made pictures
Jen_K
 
Jen_K March 31, 2016
Wow, incredible shot
mrossi_photo
 
mrossi_photo September 27, 2016
Just look at those eyes! I love everything about him including the battle scars :)
Dz_Photography99
 
Dz_Photography99 July 05, 2018
Absolutely STUNNING, and I feel good in saying thats beautiful, knowing it was a wild lion, in ITS OWN World, as it should be. Magnificent capture!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the world renown Kruger National Park South Africa. One of the best places to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat.
Time
I will never forget this day as the pride of Lion was relaxing in the middle of the road. The morning light was just perfect.
Lighting
The light was soft on the lion's face and a bit directional which allowed for capturing good detail.
Equipment
The photo was taken with a Canon 40d, lens Canon 100 to 400mm at 400mm. Exposure of 1/1000, aperture f5.6 and ISO 640.
Inspiration
It is not always easy to get this close to such a beautiful specimen in the wild therefor you just need to take the opportunity and make the best of it.
Editing
Limited processing was required other than the usual sharpening and levels.
In my camera bag
For wildlife photography in the African bush where it is unsafe to leave the safety of a vehicle, I always ensure I have a bean bag to steady the camera close by. Cleaning equipment is essential and loads of battery power. A flash is indispensable.
Feedback
Get close and be patient sooner or later the animal will move and that is when you should be ready for the capture.

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