Lions Feasting

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A pride of nine lions (Panthera leo) took down this buffalo in this cruel spat of survival in the wild. Within minutes the entire pride was gorging itself on its quarry, a feast which continued into the night.  A wide angle lens would have been far more appropriate.  One of those occasions when there was just too much lens.
(Canon 50D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5 L IS II USM; f/5; 1/60sec; ISO-800; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Big Brothers Watching

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Two male lions (Panthera leo), positioned separately from the main pride nearby, looking for food potential. The pride had been resting up in the same area since morning. Lions usually spend up to 20 hours each day slumbering to conserve energy for the evening hunt. These lions paid little interest in the photographer, apart from the occasional glance, usually followed by a yawn and a roll over to change sides!
(Canon 7D; f/4.5; 1/180sec; ISO-400; 210mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Old Scar Face

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A cross and drooling lion (Panthera leo) focused on the photographer. Old scar face here was not very happy with the presence of paparazzi, taking images of his girls on his turf. Posed in shade with dappled sunlight during the late part of the afternoon this was the culmination of a long walk looking for the pride. He made a noisy appearance and proceeded to stare us out… he was the man in charge of the ‘Spice Girls’ in Mana Pools National Park.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/400 sec; ISO-400; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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Ant Heap Surprise

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This is a refresh of an image taken a few years back.  Mana Pools may deliver a few surprises now and again. One of them can be stumbling upon a pride of lions (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) behind an ant hill. This shot presents the diagonal of the ant hill with the lion alerted to a presence, and looking directly at the camera lens. While it may be reasonably well composed, technically, this is a bad shot. Taken in very poor light with incorrect settings, it was under exposed and not quite as sharp as it should be.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/80sec; ISO-800; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Steely Eyes

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Occasionally, one accidentally encounters events a little too close for comfort. Make no mistake, you will be warned off most aggressively if you stumble upon a pride male. Thank goodness for long lenses, but even then this lion (Panthera leo – Shona: shumba; Ndebele: isilwane) was just a touch too close. His look, with those steely eyes, was perhaps more sharply focused on my neck than the camera was on him. Discretion dictated careful retreat.
Population Trend : Declining; Threat: VulnerableSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 50D/ EF-S18-200mm; 1/60 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200; 200mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Digital Photography Terms
Inverse square law determines the diminishing luminance of items in an image depending on their distance in relation to the light source and the subject. It is most relevant with off camera lighting and it teaches us how light works over distance and why the distance between the photographer’s light source and the subject being photographed is so important.

“Light is the photographic medium par excellence; it is to the photographer what words are to the writer; color and paint to the painter; wood, metal, stone, or clay to the sculptor. ”

– Andreas Feininger