Lion on a Termite Mound

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This lion (Panthera leo) was part of a pride resting up for the day, perhaps before the next hunt. It seems this lion was a little curious about its audience and moved forward to settle on a termite mound, where he posed for photographers a few meters away. After a little bit of yawning and showing off its teeth, the lion settled in to watching its observers.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF100-400mm IS USM +1.4x; 1/125 sec; f/8; ISO 1250; 385mm)

Picture ©2014 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Wildlife Photographic Tips
When mounting your camera on a tripod, with a fancy image stabilising lens, donít forget to switch the IS function off. The image stablising system will detect the cameraís own vibration and create a feed-back loop to the detriment of image sharpness. More importantly donít forget to switch the IS system back on when you revert to hand-holding mode. Essentially, the trick here is to keep monitoring your camera and lens settings and be sure not to lose good opportunities. This should become habit.

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