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By LynneJoyce  
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.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
22 Jul 2012 5:18PM
Very good indeed but you must have been Nuts to take this shot! V5 Smile lol Wink


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SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
22 Jul 2012 5:21PM
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.
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 5:28PM
Magnificent animals and obviously well treated. It must have been amazing to get that close to them!
tommyld 7 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 5:33PM
Lovely series of detailed shots.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Jul 2012 5:37PM
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.
22 Jul 2012 5:44PM
very commendable set her Lynne every one could easily stand alone as you rightly say V5 is what its all about

fine work

22 Jul 2012 5:50PM
Stunning images and really well presented


cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
22 Jul 2012 5:59PM
what a superb set Lynne, all stunning detail and colour a pleasure to view
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 6:00PM

Sorry, couldn't resist...
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Jul 2012 6:01PM
V's 2 & 4 are wonderful, Lynne, V5, the less said the better Wink Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 6:07PM
Good job I didn't take my stick with the 'orses 'ead 'andle with me!!!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
22 Jul 2012 6:16PM
Stunning set Lynne V6 for me very beautiful head capture!


barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 6:19PM
love the expression on V4....
sounds and looks like it was a grand day
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
22 Jul 2012 6:20PM
Excellent set Lynne. Im sure this is the first time Ive seen Lion balls sooo close too!

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
22 Jul 2012 6:33PM
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

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
22 Jul 2012 6:42PM
A super set of images, off to see if Lillian as uploaded now. - gary
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 6:53PM
Wonderful set!
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 7:36PM
As per usual a cracking set of images

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 7:44PM
Brilliant images Lynne well documented as well thanks for sharingSmile
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
22 Jul 2012 8:07PM
A fine set indeed, clearly telling the story and showing how healthy these Lions are.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:47PM
Excellent set here - versions 4 & 6 for me.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 8:52PM
Great set of images.
I particularly like V2, V3 and V8.
Like your bit of humour too!!
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:05PM
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.

Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
22 Jul 2012 9:27PM
Simply Superb work.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:36PM
Brilliant day and company...
love the set Lynne...all 1st class winners
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2012 9:53PM
you have made what could be ordinary shots look very professional Lynne and well done to you Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
22 Jul 2012 10:56PM
I am very impressed with the fur texture--- wanted to touch! Lovely work!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Jul 2012 2:04AM
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 !!
23 Jul 2012 3:33AM
A fine painstaking set.
MoragM 7 1 Scotland
23 Jul 2012 6:25AM
Super set of images - and I think V2 could don a book sleeve!
saltireblue Plus
7 7.8k 33 Norway
23 Jul 2012 7:31AM
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.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 7:46AM
WOW, two user awards, Thank you Bobsblue and Lillian.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Jul 2012 9:23AM
What a wonderful set, Lynne, and sounds like a good time was had by all at photographing these magnificent animals Wink
Trev Smile
Ayoob 6 Australia
23 Jul 2012 11:25AM
An amazing set of images, Lynne.........GrinGrinWink
Tibetan 5 3 England
23 Jul 2012 11:51AM
I go for No.2 every time fantastic and me being a Leo. regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
23 Jul 2012 12:38PM
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...

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 1:30PM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
23 Jul 2012 1:34PM
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.

Ray42 9 3 England
23 Jul 2012 5:44PM
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
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 7:27PM
Wonderful set of images Lynne, superb work, v5 cracked me up could not stop laughing, well done.
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 9:04PM
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.
24 Jul 2012 12:05AM
Great set Lynne, I like V3,6 and 8. Nice detail and tone.............looks like you had fun.

PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 7:58AM
Superb set and yes showing then in as natural a surroundings as poss. Great photography. Paul
moiral 7 12 Scotland
24 Jul 2012 8:50AM
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
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jul 2012 9:23AM

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.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jul 2012 9:23AM
PS...Very apt title Smile
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 2:08PM
Superb set, no way could I choose a favourite, they are all brilliantSmile
goso 11 2 1 Australia
24 Jul 2012 7:02PM
A splendid set Lynne ...Bill
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Jul 2012 10:56PM
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!
xwang 8 56 8
25 Jul 2012 4:41PM
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.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
26 Jul 2012 12:03PM
First class setSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 2:07PM
Wonderful selection of images. Love v8 best.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2012 11:51PM
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.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Jul 2012 12:03AM
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
29 Jul 2012 4:30PM
Lovely set Lynne, and very nicely presented.

John Smile
24 Aug 2012 8:11PM
V4 is a wonderful relaxed shot. Excellent collection Smile

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