Taken at the Lion & Rhino Reserve at Muldersdrift, close to Johannesburg. We were sitting in our car, watching some other lions drinking water, when this one suddenly appeared right next to us. I had less than a second to point and shoot, and this is the result.
The photo can never capture the sheer excitement you feel when you get so close to one of these magnificent beasts!
Notice how the lion blends in with the surroundings. They are experts at camouflage!
(I know, it's a pity about the little bit of grass in front of the lion, but I couldn't ask the lion to stop while I remove it, now could I? :-)))
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kikin (334) 2003-10-02 4:22
Nice detail and right moment! I can feel the wilderness of the beast. Were you trembling when you took picture of the aproaching lion? (just kidding)
kourosh (2346) 2003-10-02 4:24
wonderful subject. very good composition, pretty sharp and nice framing. beautiful warm brown colors.
the way his colors match the environment is really amazing.
Porteplume (3452) 2003-10-02 4:27
Such a very "vast" hand (don't know the English word so I tryed Dutch ;o) - Sharpness/Focus are marvellous if you think about how you made the picture.
And so close, you want to touch & hug him! And all those ochre & gold tones... Don't bother about the grass, it ought to be there.
iamxa (3101) 2003-10-02 6:04
Wow !!!!! Es una foto fantastica. Muchas felidicades. I can't imagine the feeling when you're near of these animal. Congratulations, for the photo and the luke to do it.
light (865) 2003-10-02 7:34
Really a beautiful shoT!
I live very much the colors and the light, and the definition is superb.
Good expresion, very impresive and beautiful photo.
cdewet (0) 2003-10-02 8:01
Wel, dit is nou regtig 'n bakgat foto. See the line of his head, how it draws the one's eyes up into the picture to that manificent mane. Cropping aybr just a bit below the mane and loose a bit on the right. Verloor sy elmboog, dan sien jy hoe die impak verander.
dob_31 (0) 2003-10-02 8:38
Wonderful close-up shot. I like the camouflage effect here and the intensity in the beast's look. Bravo!
ninadev (5377) 2003-10-02 11:29
What can I had that others haven't said before except that I find it OK that there is this bit of grass in front of him, it doesn't harm the picture, might have if it had been in front of his eyes.
martin (1242) 2003-10-02 18:28
Harmonious colours, beautiful mane, fierce expression ... a great capture.
phil (223) 2003-10-02 21:22
So detailed ! We don't see so much of these here in Canada (except at the zoo). The lion looks so close. Colors are very nice. Superb pic !
Motrem (2392) 2003-10-02 22:37
It's all one wildcat! Inciting moment for you and pleasure for our eyes. Very beautiful composition and magnificent details. Bravo!
C'est tout un fauve! Excitant moment pour vous et plaisir pour nos yeux. Très belle composition et détails superbes. Bravo!
PLD_images (7149) 2003-10-03 14:03
Wonderfull shot Henry. The expression of the big cat is really good. Great sharpness and quality of image.
Nina (4987) 2003-10-08 8:48
Nice natural looking shot of the big cat Henry. I love the way the textures and colours of the grass match his own coluring and texture; perfect camuflage.
quegardens (1469) 2003-10-28 4:45
Henry, you said in your notes it was a pity about the grass in the front but I think it fits in perfectly to show how nature allows this magnificent lion to slink through his environment,camouflaged by his natural surroundings.Pefect colour blending.Great capture.
santosh (304) 2004-02-17 12:32
Truely a great picture. I dont mind the little grass in front of the lion. The image is very lively and shows movement. Looks like the lion just had a shampoo bath :). Great shot.
flatwin (2181) 2007-03-14 15:09
magnifique cliché de ce fauve.
- Copyright: Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) (3500)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-08-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: FujiFinepix 6900Z
- Exposure: f/4.4, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Animaux, Lion... like my name! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-02 4:07
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