Grumpy Old Man


A lion (Panthera leo) pauses, momentarily, to look at the food worthiness of the photographer. This small pride, with cubs, had killed a warthog during the morning, but it seems that this beast never had his share. The feast was dominated by the ‘senior’ male, who was not prepared to share, even with the young cubs.
(Canon 7D; f/8; 1/125sec; ISO-500; 200mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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3 thoughts on “Grumpy Old Man

  1. Damn, his face does have that ‘ grumpy ‘ look….something like mine before I have had my first cup of coffee!!

  2. The depth of focus in this shot is spot on – 5/5 – was the camera operating on fully auto so focus and shutter speed were determined electronically or were the ISO settings and shutter speed determined by experience with the light conditions and set up manually? So often depth of focus spoils an otherwise superb shot.

    1. John, Thanks for your comment… I would have been operating the camera on aperture priority and I will have adjusted the ISO to gather the subject of the image, the lion, in the shade. You can see a little noise in the original image. With a bright back light, a flash would have helped, but probably not much… besides one doesn’t use flash with these animals. This image, to me is really a record shot, and is not quite as sharp as I would have liked it to be – camera shake at 1/125sec is a good probability without a tripod, an instrument which is not always appropriate to use in the circumstances.

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