Morning Lion

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A young male lion (Panthera leo) at first light, settling in for the day after a long night on the hunt. It would appear the hunt was not successful as no kill was detected in the immediate vicinity (although that is not truly indicative). The animal looks hungry rather than pot-bellied full! This lion looks to be reasonably relaxed with the presence of the photographer. Facial expression on cats can show defensive and aggressive mood. When feline ears are turned outward simultaneously and flatten down, it demonstrates serious aggressive threat. A cat on the defensive is known to stare out its aggressor, which is much of what this lion is actually doing.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/180sec; ISO-1000; 310mm)

Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
Think about your shot carefully when it comes to isolating the subject from the rest of the background, throwing the surrounding backdrop out of focus with narrow depth of field. Sometimes, background clutter can serve a purpose, without smothering the subject, such as showing its natural habitat, scaling the subject against known objects, and its interaction with the surrounds. Always consider taking shots through the aperture range.