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IMG05449 Lion (Panthera leo)
05-FEB-2006 Arno Meintjes

IMG05449 Lion (Panthera leo)

Lion Sad ....Good Bye

One of the 8 lions that came to say good bye
this morning before we left for home.

Sigma SD10 ,Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF
1/200s f/5.6 at 500.0mm iso400 full exif

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Gil Purcil24-Mar-2006 22:45
nice picture, i should have introduced her
to him
so they could live happily ever after.
Seriously, this is excellent. The expression on her eyes is so compelling.
Olivier Buttigieg17-Mar-2006 12:55
nice capture ! i love this
Sam X04-Mar-2006 16:19
... what abeautiful animal... good capture
ewa toll12-Feb-2006 14:23
lovely picture
Luc VN07-Feb-2006 10:47
Great animal capture. The light and composition are key here.
Ieke Vonk06-Feb-2006 06:26
Excellent shot, so close....
Donnaray06-Feb-2006 03:24
great capture as if your subject knew you were saying goodbye
Bob Foisel05-Feb-2006 22:22
Good thing she doesn't look hungry, nice capture Arno.
lou_rozensteins05-Feb-2006 22:09
Lovely shot ..... great expression. Well done.
estralita05-Feb-2006 20:22
Another beautiful shot! She looks like she might want to jump at you with those shoulder blades raised!!
Greg Harp05-Feb-2006 19:37
Terrific shot. The focus may be a bit soft due to camera shake or otherwise--however not every shot has to be razor sharp, and portraits (which this is) are often shot slightly soft on purpose. In any case this is a great shot. GMV
Arno Meintjes Wildlife05-Feb-2006 18:51
Thank you for your comment but as you well know in the bush we do not always have the luxury of time on our side to think and do all the fine details before pressing the shutter, sometimes it is a matter of quickly capturing the moment or loose it forever.
Thanks Arno
Hodero05-Feb-2006 18:37
nice light in the eyes ! she looks a bit motty. V
Guest 05-Feb-2006 17:41
Great shot Arno, beautiful lighting and composition, and sharp as a tack, and he really has a "please don't go" look on his face! GMV
Pierre Rousseau05-Feb-2006 16:50
Arno, Great shot, but it is a pity that the photo is a half-stop over-exposed, and the shutter speed is one-and-a-quarter stops too slow for the focal length. If you sharpen this photo, you'll see that there was camera shake, and the focus is about 30 cm behind the eyes. If I were your position, with the Kruger National Park on my doorstep (yes I'm green with envy, couldn't you tell?) I would shoot at no less than 1/400s at 500mm, and that rarely, except if my setup is REALLY solidly bolted down. Better to under-expose and push it in Photoshop. You just cannot shoot 500mm at 1/200s, especially when the 4-wheel drive's motor is running. But then I would still not have his amazing skill approaching the animals, of course.
Tom Munson05-Feb-2006 16:24
Terrific image Arno, you were very close.
Graham Tomlin05-Feb-2006 16:21
fantastic regards Helen
Guest 05-Feb-2006 16:13
Great shot, hope to see more like this.
sandy barbour05-Feb-2006 14:55
Absolutely amazing image Arno, the lighting is wonderful!
SageCreek Images05-Feb-2006 14:49
Fantastic image Arno....
tembapix05-Feb-2006 14:41
Arno, I too am overcome with sadness everytime I leave Africa - but I don't think I've been lucky enough yet to have a lion come to say goodbye! Great shot and I can't wait to see more.
Guest 05-Feb-2006 14:09
Incredible picture. So that's the kind of lens you need to take pictures of lions. Sounds like a fantastic trip.
Adrian Reilly05-Feb-2006 13:53
Awesome shot Arno, such beauty