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A pride of lions presented me with some wonderful interaction, the 1st time in my career of 16 years I saw a big male lion performing like this. It was very early & the light was low, but the action was steaming hot! Got an amazing series of which I believe this is the cherry on the cake!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Apr 2013 - 6:39 AM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:MC Hammer - "Can't touch this!"
Username:TomCoetzee TomCoetzee
Uploaded:7 Jun 2013 - 6:43 AM
Tags:Cat, Fight, Lion, Panthera, Play, Safari, Sexy, Wildlife / nature
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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 7:46 AM

1st class, great timing.
David

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Margaret101
7 Jun 2013 - 7:46 AM

Amazing action shot.

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4264 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
7 Jun 2013 - 7:52 AM

Wonderful, I hope the lady is suitably impressed.

Harriet

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TimMunsey
TimMunsey e2 Member 386 forum postsTimMunsey vcard United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 - 7:58 AM

Extraordinary! Very well captured.

Tim

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 8:58 AM

Well timed and certainly different behaviour
Regards Richard

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steve_eb
steve_eb e2 Member 6345 forum postssteve_eb vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:00 AM

Cracking shot....

I have uploaded a mod based on the following thoughts...

the greens for me distracted from the main content which is a crime on such a good shot..
branch to the left was a distraction too
Male Lions legs were messy due another in the background

Great image as I say, hope the mod works for you, it is a quick makeover so won't be perfect... Smile

As an after thought.....I also think the title.... whilst funny.... doesn't give the full impact of a potentially life threatening moment for the cub as the male may be going to kill and the female is protecting the cub


Steve

Last Modified By steve_eb at 7 Jun 2013 - 10:03 AM

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 10:17 AM

What a brilliant capture! GrinGrin

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TomCoetzee
7 Jun 2013 - 11:30 AM

Thanks all, Steve thanks enjoyed your mod. Fortunately the cub was never in danger the 2 playing here are brother & sister. The cub belongs to the female you cloned out.Grin

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steve_eb
steve_eb e2 Member 6345 forum postssteve_eb vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 12:43 PM

Thats good to hear that the cub was safe Grin

The way the cub is looking in between the two that are "playing" led me down the "don't hurt my mum" thoughts .....

All the best & glad you enjoyed the mod... even though mum has been removed Sad

Steve

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10829 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2833 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2013 - 1:37 PM

Amazing shot. Ive never seen one like this. A minor mod uploaded, - warmer WB and a little noise reduction/sharpening.


Well done,



Regards


Willie

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Jun 2013 - 6:20 PM

Brilliant timing. Superb capture.
JNC

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
7 Jun 2013 - 10:58 PM

Amazing shot

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2013 - 7:15 AM

Fine spontaneous image, but it does look a touch cool and slightly low in contrast. Both due to the 3200ISO I would think. Easily warmed up a bit with a touch of contrast added.

Paul

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2013 - 9:16 AM

This is one of those pictures I wish I'd been there to see it let alone capture it. Wonderful. Smile Smile Smile


David.

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TomCoetzee
9 Jul 2013 - 11:34 AM

Thanks everyone!Wink

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