This male lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) was decidedly upset by visitors to his bush harem. There was a little bit of ‘hanky panky’ going on with a couple of ladies in the surrounding shrubbery and the photographer was clearly not welcome. This typical stare-out is just what one might expect from any self-respecting male when disturbed during courting. He is far from relaxed here. In fact this lion is in a classic defence/offence posture not quite on his haunches, ready to pounce, and head slightly lowered. Time to move back and away.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/1000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 500; 400mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Henri Cartier-Bresson is probably one of the more famous photographers of our time. He was born in France and many regard him the master of candid photography. Cartier Bresson also promoted the use of 35mm film among his fellow professionals, who were locked into medium and large format film usage. He helped develop the concept of street photography with his candid camera work, and was the leading proponent of the decisive moment. His style and work has influenced many photographers. Cartier-Bresson is credited with the following quotation:
“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’ve taken a great photo, and yet we continue to unfold. We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”
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