A very small selection of my shots from the WHF Direct Photographic Workshop that Lillian and I attended last Friday (thanks Lillian for organising this and for your hospitality). The workshops are aimed at photographers of all levels (beginner to advanced) wishing to learn and take the best pictures of both big and small cats in a relaxed atmosphere and wanting to learn the techniques that professionals have used for years to get their special shots for book covers. We got a specially structured tour of the site and expert advice.
One of the recommendations from the pro guide was to try to get the shots to be as natural as possible. However I'm not a pro and I am not aiming at book covers, competitions and the like. Furthermore I see absolutely nothing wrong in portraying these magnificent creatures in their captive environment. That's where they are, that is what is saving many species from extinction (and WHF do a fantastic job here) so why not show it the way it is?
Just Lions for this upload, V1 & 7 show how very close you get, and the rest should speak for themselves, though I will add notes to some. I make no apology for V5 - that's the business end that is essential to their successful breeding programme.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the images just a fraction as much as I enjoyed the day.