One of the 3000 lions of Serengeti, watching the photographer carefully, maybe sneakily...
Checking the WS, you an see how close we went to those ginger guys.
During the safari in Serengeti, we saw almost 30 lions, alone or in large families. They do not care for or bitterly ignore human species. Maybe you know how it feels: being ignored by a cat is heartbreaking. To tell the truth, being ignored by a large cat is totally destroying. They don't seem to notice you, pretend to live their daily life even if they are surrounded by hundreds of 4x4s full of photographers with large zoom lenses. Having an eye contact is therefore one in a thousandth chance.
Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem.
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subhendu_bagchi (21168) 2013-09-04 3:21
Who dare? Excellent shot from a car. The use of DOF is superb. Though there were a lot of grains are there but I enjoyed the royal mood of the king. Thanks for posting such a portrait of lion with a careless expression.
parvatibb (1085) 2013-09-04 11:58
anlasilan kimse yanina yaklasmaya dahi cesaret edememis ya da cok iyi saklandigi icin gorememisler ve yorum yazamamislar :)
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-09-04 12:03
Selam sevgili Deniz,
Bu yaratık senin tazminatına göz dikmiş gibi bakıyor !
holmertz (31408) 2013-09-04 12:21
This lion is so perfectly well hidden by the dry grass that I suppose the driver had to be careful not to overrun one by mistake. Maybe they would be more interested if you came walking by and they understood that you were edible. This is a great and unusual portrait of a lion, although we can only see such a small part of it. The contrast and the natural camouflage makes it very interesting.
ikeharel (44139) 2013-09-05 1:56
The lion perfectly hide in the bushs, camouflage well with the same color vegetation.
Fabulous photo from a safe distance, yet with excelent clarity. His eyes were strait looking onto the lense...
daddo (20651) 2013-09-05 3:27
Hi Deniz. Looks like a bad haircut day. Maybe he is angry at his barber.The creature does blend well with the tall grass.Regards. Klaudio.
macjake (45636) 2013-09-05 8:45
well, it looks like you got some good eye contact here!
and your photo really shows how they can be easily blended into the bg! amazing isn't it.
Imagine walking along here and you notice this guy staring you down! I would hope you brought another pair of underwear! haha
good thing you're in the truck! excellent shot, really cool.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-05 8:51
Great picture of the camouflaged lion, waiting for his food, which I hope it was not a photographer! The monochromatic tones of the image are great! That's a place I really want to go someday!
wolf38 (29120) 2013-09-05 8:56
Hello Denis. What a blessing that we can use telephoto lenses. We do not need to go to the lion, because we zoom it to us.
Some lions seem harmless when they doze off in Savannah, but this lion looks really dangerous. The photo is impressive.
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-09-05 10:58
What a very cool shot, this lion is magnificent, and like you say the eye contact makes this very special. The position of the lion in the growth is perfect.
And yes, I know what it's like to be ignored by a cat, it happens whenever I meet a cat. Being a dog owner, I guess they can scent or sense the dog from me, so know I am not one to run to. To be honest though, with a cat like think its better to be ignored. Better than being eaten anyway.
All the best.
willperrett (4099) 2013-09-05 11:30
I'm glad you were using the full extent of your 300mm zoom! I love the tonal restriction here: buffs and tawnies. It makes it clear how important camouflage is for hunters like this. Eye contact!!
EstudioChispa (1696) 2013-09-05 14:09
Ay! 300mm is a long lens, but this is too close. :-)
The wonderful thing about this image is how it shows the lion's perfect camouflage, the same colors as the grass and the tufts, and the mane's mimicry of the foliage, too.
Yes, nature watches us always -- and sometimes looks directly at us!
Thanks for sharing!
amazon (12110) 2013-09-05 14:20
eneeeeee....surpriseeeeee..... alllah allah bana yeni magnetler geldi galiba,acayip kıskandırıcı ama umarım ev kedinle karıştırmadın, gelin hanımın fotolarını ise hiç sormuyorum farkındaysan,
KristinsCamera (1941) 2013-09-05 19:08
you are so clever, you paparazzi, you ;)
what a shot, i have never seen one quite like it.
limielski (2573) 2013-09-06 2:56
Excellent and amazing shot! This lion is masked perfectly. He looks dangerously.
Probably he looked at you . Well done - TFS
Have a nice day,
PS. You are right there is a small defect on my photo :-(
bayno (18338) 2013-09-06 5:01
...the most important thing in this shot is the expression that you have been able to capture, a glance of superiority and pride considerable....
jabber (264) 2013-09-06 12:45
photography is hunting too.camera replace itself with a lots of things.one of them was gun.
last time every body who travel to Africa should brought a wild animal head to show that he was there but at his time camera do it like a gun with a difference ,it kill the victim from inside with stop the time for them.
mcmtanyel (5355) 2013-09-06 20:19
That's what I call camouflage! Your composition is simple but effective. The selective focus on the lion's face is quite an accomplishment. However, your title might not be accurate. Who knows, maybe it should be "I'm watching you, watch your back!"
Juzo (4284) 2013-09-07 3:27
I love the big cats! Great camouflage and profile, it's like the wild equivalent to a candid shot..
siudzi (27779) 2013-09-07 14:04
Absolutely fantastic capture of this big cat!:) Impressive how well he looks just sitting between the golden grass and looking at you! Perfectly executed work. Superb note submitted. TFS.
jcpix (6654) 2013-09-07 19:41
So, is the title question for the viewer or for the lion? :) Amazing shot, getting this close up and personal with nature is a bit intimidating in this case, those steely eyes have a look of hunger in them...and I don't want to be considered the next meal!? This really gives an intimate look at the beauty of these cats...and anything far from the house cat variety!! Amazing natural camouflage, and you did a terrific job in creating a hint of trepidation in even looking this direction.
That sneaky anticipation is felt just by viewing this. Quite a majestic and impressive creature no doubt, and as you mentioned, the fact that you were able to capture this with eyes focused on your camera is the icing on the cake! The controlled depth of field puts even more emphasis on that deliberate stare down. A great shot indeed, well done. That must have been an unforgettable experience. Beautiful! Have a great day ahead.
emka (64266) 2013-09-07 23:28
Woow, you were really very close to this big cat. I like here how it is hidden by the grasses, all in the same colours. And how funny is the mane! I wonder, if someone left the car would he be ignored? (joking of course). I am envious, I saw only a few of lions and they were far away. But I could cuddle cheetahs. Wonderful photo. In Africa and also in Australia seeing the animals was for me the most important.
mariposa (780) 2013-09-11 9:33
Deniz, is that a cameleon or actually a lion?!? Spectacular capture with an eye contact. Very well done :)
cak (4835) 2013-09-28 10:41
kimbilir kimi gözüne kestirdi
Cricri (92323) 2013-10-11 5:45
J'aime son regard, sa cręte plus foncée , il se confond presque dans le feuillages sec, belle version en WS,
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (32796)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-04 3:09