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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.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2012 - 10:58 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Captive-ated
Username:LynneJoyce LynneJoyce
Uploaded:22 Jul 2012 - 5:13 PM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
Votes:71
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DeSilver
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:18 PM

Very good indeed but you must have been Nuts to take this shot! V5 Smile lol Wink


David.

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SlowSong
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:21 PM

I'm totally enchanted by this series (well, perhaps not quite so with V5 Grin). I love the repose of the white lions in 2, 4, 6 and 8, but I find V7 rather sad. Animals and cages. But I know it's got to be done for the good of the species.
All beautifully presented.

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GarrathE
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:28 PM

Magnificent animals and obviously well treated. It must have been amazing to get that close to them!

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tommyld
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:33 PM

Lovely series of detailed shots.
Tom

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RonnieAG
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:37 PM

The WHF do a fantastic job, Lynne, but I did not realise they ran photographic workshops.
What a magnificent set of images of these magnificent big cats, looking totally relaxed and at ease in their captive environment.
You have done a fine job here and brought the attention of many to the good work being done to ensure the continuation of these and many other species.
Ronnie.

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digital_boi
22 Jul 2012 - 5:44 PM

very commendable set her Lynne every one could easily stand alone as you rightly say V5 is what its all about

fine work

Graham

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darrenwilson41
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:50 PM

Stunning images and really well presented

regards

Darren

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cantona43
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22 Jul 2012 - 5:59 PM

what a superb set Lynne, all stunning detail and colour a pleasure to view
Neil

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mrswoolybill
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:00 PM






Sorry, couldn't resist...
Moira

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CarolG
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:01 PM

V's 2 & 4 are wonderful, Lynne, V5, the less said the better Wink Carol

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LynneJoyce
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:07 PM

Good job I didn't take my stick with the 'orses 'ead 'andle with me!!!

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achieverswales
22 Jul 2012 - 6:16 PM

Stunning set Lynne V6 for me very beautiful head capture!

Regards

Trev.

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barbarahirst
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:19 PM

love the expression on V4....
sounds and looks like it was a grand day

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banehawi
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:20 PM

Excellent set Lynne. Im sure this is the first time Ive seen Lion balls sooo close too!



Willie

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fentiger
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:33 PM

A great set of images Lynne. I particularly like No. 2. As for No. 5 you must have been knackered after capturing that one Wink

Albert

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gary_d
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:42 PM

A super set of images, off to see if Lillian as uploaded now. - gary

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PinkK
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22 Jul 2012 - 6:53 PM

Wonderful set!

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cabbie
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22 Jul 2012 - 7:36 PM

As per usual a cracking set of images

Bob

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bobsblues
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22 Jul 2012 - 7:44 PM

Brilliant images Lynne well documented as well thanks for sharingSmile
Rob

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EAS
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22 Jul 2012 - 8:07 PM

A fine set indeed, clearly telling the story and showing how healthy these Lions are.

Ann

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franken
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22 Jul 2012 - 8:47 PM

Excellent set here - versions 4 & 6 for me.

Ken

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Irishkate
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22 Jul 2012 - 8:52 PM

Great set of images.
I particularly like V2, V3 and V8.
Like your bit of humour too!!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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UrbaneMagick
22 Jul 2012 - 9:05 PM

lovely set Lynne.

V4 for me.

I went to Longleat Friday ..and found out they only get fed twice a week. so were in lazy well fed mode.
I'll go back on a Wednesday or Sunday next to catch feeding time .

Again, lovely set.

Gareth.

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Rock
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22 Jul 2012 - 9:27 PM

Simply Superb work.

Rock

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Lillian
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22 Jul 2012 - 9:36 PM

Brilliant day and company...
love the set Lynne...all 1st class winners
Lillian

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pluckyfilly
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22 Jul 2012 - 9:53 PM

you have made what could be ordinary shots look very professional Lynne and well done to you Smile

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taggart
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22 Jul 2012 - 10:56 PM

I am very impressed with the fur texture--- wanted to touch! Lovely work!

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mikbee
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23 Jul 2012 - 2:04 AM

I totally agree with what you say Lynne about showing it as it is.I think V7 is a splendid example of this,showing ''man and beast'' together.I will have to Google what post coital repose is and can only guess it is a very clever lioness that likes to put herself in these Yoga positions.No need to apologise for V5 as I too had a hernia last year and it was a relatively simple operation for them to tuck it back in.Although I do notice this poor soul has two hernias,so obviously may take double the time.And talking about operations,did the gentleman in V1 ask you to have a look and confirm that it was piles that his doctor diagnosed at his last visit there ? Sorry to hear about your insomnia too,but forget about a wooden platform.Far better with a bottle of Woods Navy Rum before you go to bed.Now that really tires me out with what comes naturally !!
Mick.

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prabhusinha
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23 Jul 2012 - 3:33 AM

A fine painstaking set.

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MoragM
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23 Jul 2012 - 6:25 AM

Super set of images - and I think V2 could don a book sleeve!

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saltireblue
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23 Jul 2012 - 7:31 AM

Out of a marvellous set, I think V3 followed by V2 are my choices. The WHF are certainly to be commended for their efforts, Lynne.
This is more than merely captivity for the sake of showing off the animals.

Malc

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LynneJoyce
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23 Jul 2012 - 7:46 AM

WOW, two user awards, Thank you Bobsblue and Lillian.

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TrevBatWCC
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23 Jul 2012 - 9:23 AM

What a wonderful set, Lynne, and sounds like a good time was had by all at photographing these magnificent animals Wink
Trev Smile

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Ayoob
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23 Jul 2012 - 11:25 AM

An amazing set of images, Lynne.........GrinGrinWink

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Tibetan
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23 Jul 2012 - 11:51 AM

I go for No.2 every time fantastic and me being a Leo. regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Scottishlandscapes
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23 Jul 2012 - 12:38 PM

The Lions are bored out of their minds as we would be stuck in an enclosure 24/7. The argument would go on forever about Zoos and wild animals. It's man that's driven species to extinction either to build on their land or to capture for a Zoo somewhere or to grind up bits of them for some stupid sex clinic to sell as a stimulant for crazy people.

I'm agin the Zoo, I used to visit Edinburgh Zoo quite often several times a year as a youngster and Knew Gilbert Fisher who was the curator, I grew out of it.
I know how I feel if I'm confined to the house for any length of time. Stir crazy and desperate for the outdoors.

We'll never agree on this one Lynn, enjoy if you must but consider being a lion in a Zoo just for a day...


Dougie

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23 Jul 2012 - 1:30 PM

I think the argument for and against captive animals is for a forum other than this one, but differences of opinion are valid and healthy. I'm just posting photographs.

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23 Jul 2012 - 1:34 PM

Moira beat me to the link, Albert was my immediate thought when I looked at your images! We used to read it to our kids so often I didn't need the book. Lovely set of images, Lynne.

Dave

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Ray42
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23 Jul 2012 - 5:44 PM

An excellent collection - glad you enjoyed the day - I loved and want to go again - providing the Tigers don't fancy me for a snack!!!!WinkWink

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23 Jul 2012 - 7:27 PM

Wonderful set of images Lynne, superb work, v5 cracked me up could not stop laughing, well done.
Darryl.SmileSmileSmileWink

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Billyray
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23 Jul 2012 - 9:04 PM

Wow Lynne they were close. V2 and 7 are the best as far as I am concerned. They do all look healthy and well looked after. An excellent set. Congrats on the two user awards.
Ray

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Skeet1Away
24 Jul 2012 - 12:05 AM

Great set Lynne, I like V3,6 and 8. Nice detail and tone.............looks like you had fun.


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24 Jul 2012 - 7:58 AM

Superb set and yes showing then in as natural a surroundings as poss. Great photography. Paul

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moiral
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24 Jul 2012 - 8:50 AM

Superb set of shots Lynne. My favourites are V2 and 8. Poor old gal WinkGrin. I love your presentations too, wish I knew how to do that. Moira

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24 Jul 2012 - 9:23 AM


Quote: I think the argument for and against captive animals is for a forum other than this one, but differences of opinion are valid and healthy. I'm just posting photographs.

That's a good point. Great set, Lynne...and no, I'm not referring specifically to V5 Wink BUT...I have to admit, V5 is a thoroughly superb shot.

Andrew

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24 Jul 2012 - 9:23 AM

PS...Very apt title Smile

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CaroleS
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24 Jul 2012 - 2:08 PM

Superb set, no way could I choose a favourite, they are all brilliantSmile
Carole

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24 Jul 2012 - 7:02 PM

A splendid set Lynne ...Bill

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annettep38
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24 Jul 2012 - 10:56 PM

The platform bedroom scenes are my favourite, but the thevwholevset is adorable?
You must have had a great day and. Bet you got 100s of excellent pictures!

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25 Jul 2012 - 4:41 PM

Superb set, Lynne. Beautiful colour and excellent clarity. And I totally agree with you about "..absolutely nothing wrong in portraying these magnificent creatures in their captive environment.", and you did it truly&beautifully. Great Work.

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26 Jul 2012 - 12:03 PM

First class setSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Netta

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27 Jul 2012 - 2:07 PM

Wonderful selection of images. Love v8 best.

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28 Jul 2012 - 11:51 PM

You must have nerves of steel and real balls to get so close in v5!Wink A grand set Lynne, I too thought of Albert and the lion when i first viewed this set. They have reminded me of the entertainers Siegfried and Roy, I can't remember which of them it was but one of them was killed by one of their performing lions and tigers a number of years back.

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29 Jul 2012 - 12:03 AM

After checking on wikipedia it appears Roy survived despite being badly injured although it marked the end of their career as performers, something i'd never have realised had I not viewed these images. I remember hearing about him being attacked at the time and also seeing them perform on Tv a number of times

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29 Jul 2012 - 4:30 PM

Lovely set Lynne, and very nicely presented.

John Smile

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elainebaker
24 Aug 2012 - 8:11 PM

V4 is a wonderful relaxed shot. Excellent collection Smile

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