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Dance of Death



Lion feeding at his kill at Sunset. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa!

Lion feeding at his kill at Sunset. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa!
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Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 28, 2020
Sad, but it is the way of life...and death. Wonderful capture and use of light! Congrats on your Contest win!! : )
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Trudie March 29, 2020
Congratulations on your win! Your capture depicts Africa at it's best and worst = The hunt and the killing = survival of another mammal ... ;)
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deekaycee November 06, 2020
Awesome photo!
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zistos November 06, 2020
Thanks a lot :-)
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embas November 07, 2020
What a capture!
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zistos November 07, 2020
Thanks😀
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RickL November 07, 2020
Exceptional composition, the darn light reflects the cycle of death and life, well done
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zistos November 07, 2020
Thanks😀
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mariosikoracz December 08, 2020
Nice light!
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zistos December 08, 2020
Right time, right position ..thanks :-)

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontierpark, South Africa at the Rooiputs Waterhole.
Time
Shortly before sunset. Around 19.30h, in November 2019!
Lighting
When I recognized the Scene, my first thougt was - unfortunately against the sun:-( So I tried to find a good position where I could see the Action with all the dust and flies flying around. Gladly I found it - nice backlit shooting.
Equipment
The shot was taken with a Canon 5D MarkIV and a Canon EF 100-400 LSII. Since I was on the way with my car, the Cam was positioned on a bean bag.
Inspiration
In the early morning, while still in my tent at the Campsite, I noticed a Lion Kill at the watherhole nearby. The light in the morning and during the day, wasn't that good so I hoped for a better light in the evening around sunset. Lions usually stay with their prey for the whole day. So my chances were good that they would still be there. After returning to the sighting @sunset it was fascinating to witness the action and the power of the Lion turning the Carcas (Eland-Antelope) around. With all the dust and bugs flying around it was a great scenerie for me.
Editing
The original raw-file I edited in Lightroom. Not to much, just a little bit in color, contrast and luminosity.
In my camera bag
CAMS: Canon 5D MarkIV and Lumix S1H. LENSES: Canon 100-400mm, Canon 16-35mm, Sigma 150-600 Sport, Sigma 24-70mm. Tripod, Beanbags and a view Filters.
Feedback
For Wildlife Photography its important that you take your time, because nothing happens at the push of a button! The best scenes enfold while waiting mostly at the waterholes. Try to postition yourself at the best spot for the perfect light, mainly during sunrise or sunset. And it always takes a portion of luck.

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