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Copyright: karan A L (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Nature, Mood
Camera: Cannon 40D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): animal portrait, Even more Dingo favourites... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 10:02
Viewed: 2896
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

"A sense of one's own proper dignity or value; self-respect."


"a company of lions"

Like the tiger shot this was taken at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, a big cat charity in Kent. They are an active partner in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP)and are not open to the public.
Lion Information from Wikipedia:
The lion (Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four big cats in the genus Panthera. With exceptionally large males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight,[2] it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India, having disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene (about 10,000 years ago), the lion was the most widespread large land mammal beside humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India and, in the Americas, from the Yukon to Peru.

Should they survive the rigors of cubhood, lionesses in secure habitat such as Kruger National Park may frequently reach an age of 12–14 years whereas lions seldom live for longer than 8 years.[3] However, there are records of lionesses living for up to 20 years in the wild. In captivity both male and female lions can live for over 20 years. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, although they will resort to scavenging if the opportunity arises. While lions, in general, do not selectively hunt humans, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of 30 to 50 percent over the past two decades in its African range;[1] populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not well understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern. Lions have been kept in menageries since Roman times and have been a key species sought after and exhibited in zoos the world over since the late eighteenth century. Zoos are cooperating worldwide in breeding programs for the endangered Asiatic subspecies.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-09-03 10:03]

Hi Karan...
Beautiful animal portrait...

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2008-09-03 10:07]

Hi Karan, I have to make you my compliments for this shot but not only! I think all your photos are wonderful.
Many many compliments, Adele

hi karan, excellent composition with a nice tight crop, the b/w is powerful, nice work,

Superb portrait Karan with a great expression captured.
You brought out even more character with the B/W treatment.
Well done.
- Vincent

Very nice shot. Good sharpness and POV

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  • datis Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 104 W: 4 N: 30] (642)
  • [2008-09-03 10:37]

Hi Karan,

What a great portrait of king. Very clear and sharp details, TFS.


Nicely done closeup of the king of the beasts and great notes to go with it. TFS


Excellent tones and B&W conversion.

Hi Karan,

Super shot, the back and white works a treat, great detail in his face.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-09-03 12:11]

Hola Karan,
fabulous portrait,
this lion has few friends,
(king very serious)
exquisite work,

Hello Karan,
great animal portrait!I like b&w option!
Best regards,

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-03 12:22]

Fine portrait of the king! You made a good choice with the BW. The light and sparkle of the eyes is wonderful.

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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2008-09-03 12:42]

WOW the lighting in this one realy makes the photo powerful! great details and beautiful crop. Very well done!

TFS Greetings Simone

Olá Hester!
Amazing photo, great composition. Wonderful details, I love it!
Well Done!


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-09-03 12:50]

Wow, Karan... what a portrait! Nice model to start with, but excellently captured. Normally I prefer colour shots, but here the eyes say it all and the b&w distracts very littly, a lot less than colour would do.
Leaving the eyes in colour and the face in b&w would look nice too, I bet.
Sharpness is outstanding, the contrasts in the shot are spot on.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-09-03 13:27]

Hi Karan,
This a superb portrait with an excellent B&W conversion and tight crop!
Great acuity on the eyes and on the fur.
You rendered so perfectly the majestic and noble attitude of this king!
My compliments! Annie

Another great animal portrait - and a great b&w conversion. The intensity in those eyes is awesome.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Karan!
Wonderful black & white lion portrait!
Beautiful and nice work here!!!
Best regards!

Hi Karan - this is about as good a lion portrait as you could hope to see, in my opinion. The composition, sharpness, b/w conversion are all first class - you should be really proud of this, it's a beauty.

Boa noite Karen
Fantastic pride. Great captue and shot.
My regards

ciao Karan..
what a beauty!! no words more!! bravissima!
ciao Marco

Hello Karan,

This is a fine portrait!
Strong but possibly sad eyes, super details in this nice B&W rendering...
Tight framing still works well for directing attention!

Pablo -

Excellent piece of work. Well done.
Best wishes,

Hi Karan,
Another great shot of this king !
I must say, I prefer color photos of animals. I guess it got its colors for a reason ..... simply to impress, and in b/w this animal misses a dimension.
For the rest a great shot ! with very good sharpness.

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-09-05 1:29]

Bonjour Karan,
Superbe, magnifique, royal !


This is so crisp and attractive Karan. Superb b&w rendition. This is so pleasant to view. Greetings! Danilo

Hi karan,
A most beautiful confersion to B&W the tonal range and contrast are superb. The frame filling close capture and his expression are very beautiful. I love how this left eye was in a more lighted area.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-09-05 21:10]

hello Karan,
I like your b & W treatment here. It shows up the texture of coat and I especially like the flowing lines of its mane below it s rather cute nose and whiskers. And look at that beard...quite comical, although of course we are supposed to take a lion very seriously!

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-09-08 11:23]

Hello Karan,
Great b/w work, very sharp with a great light and a superb mood. Congrats, mb

prywitanne karan!
wonderful b/w portrait of lion!nice=)

Hello Karan,
An excellent portrait. Aslan-like... You really captured the pride of a lion. Interesting choice of colours, superb sharpness and details and very good framing. Well done, congrats!

Hi Karan..great shot of this wonderful animal..perfect sharpness...wonderful details and light.


hi karan,
fantastic portrait of the king !
excellent eyecontact.
you caught a good light and a very strong expression.
sharpness is perfect and great choice of b/w.
great work !
tfs - carole

Hi Karan,
I really like the tones quality of this B%W. Nice details...the eyes are specialy sticking, they appear so sharp and crisp. well framed. The light situation was kind. Well done.

Superb work Karan. A well cropped image and the conversion has produced good contrasts while retaining very nice detail. Well done,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘A late postcard from Tasmania’

and the last one I missed is this portrait, one of the best portrait one can do with a lion, the B&W conversion and the lighting are stunning, and so is the glance and the fine sharpness, indeed that's one of the animal portraits I've seen on this site
best regards

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