Monday, November 16, 2009

Macro Monday – Panthera Leo

DSC08613 Lion snout

This is not exactly a macro photo since I was about ten feet away from this lion, but I read Lisa's Macro Monday rules carefully and I think this qualifies as "any close-up photo".

The original photo was okay but there was a sprig from a bush in front of the lion's face and the lion's eyes were closed so I decided to crop the photo.

DSC08613 Lion

See more of Lisa's Macro Monday posts here.


Jeannette StG said...

Wow, this is even more great, since you did not shoot with a macro lens?
The original photo would have been interesting to see too though (even though the lion had its eyes closed!)

Valerie said...

Well, thats the part we all look at anyway - the teeth, the scary part is just the other side of that mouth!
I think its a great close up picture.
Nice job!

Gel said...

Was the lion in a cage? That is still awfully close to a very large animal.
GREAT shot! Love the fur closeup.

Anonymous said...

You've captured a good one here. Ten feet away is still to close for me.

Unknown said...

Oh yeah! Nice and close! Love it!

Marilyn Miller said...

I would be so excited to see a lion that close, but I would have wanted to reach out and hugged him.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear jeannette stgermain,

I have a 15x zoom on this elaborate point 'n' shoot camera. I shot this with a monopod from a stationary Landcruiser.

I had a link of the original photo in my post but now, after your note, I decided to go ahead and paste it in.

Dear Valerie,
You're absolutely right, it's exactly where your eyes focus.

Dear Gel,
No, this lion was in the wild, not even in a national park. Even though these lions were very sleepy, we all moved very cautiously in the Landcruiser.

Dear awarewriter,
It was a bit unnerving to be so close to the animals, but we had a great guide and we were all very careful.

Dear lisaschaos,
So glad you approve of my non-macro photo.

Dear Marilyn Miller,
I know what you mean because they do look like pussycats but I was never tempted. Even in their sleepy state, they exuded power.

LoisW said...

Brave woman!!

A Cuban In London said...

Good that you were ten feet away. I would have been 200. :-)

Great photos. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

margie said...

i would say close enough!!!

Dave Ingram said...

Nice photograph - I love looking at images that are part of an animal, plant, insect, etc. It's nice to use your imagination to think of what the whole object might be/look like. Sometimes you get a better impression of a thing by looking at a small part of it!

Ruth said...

It works beautifully because there is still so much detail in her face. Such a rare photo. It reminds me of the recent fellow who spent 3 days with a leopard seal and got amazing photos in the water - the National Geographic photographer/explorer.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Middle Aged Woman Blogging,
Not really. I was in a Landcruiser and we had a great guide. The lions have learned to trust the Landcruisers that roam their terrain.

Dear A Cuban in London,
I think that you would have been just as close as we were. These lions were very drowsy because it was full daylight.

Dear margie,
Well gee, now that everyone is telling me how close I was, maybe I was foolish.

Dear Dave Ingram,
Thank you! I agree, concentrating on one feature does invite further inspection doesn't it?

Dear Ruth,
Thank you! Underwater photography is so tricky; I failed miserably in the Galapagos Islands. I bet those pictures of the leopard seal were great. Three days, wow!

Relyn Lawson said...

That is an incredible, incredible crop. Oh my. It absolutely took my breath away.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
Actually, these are two separate photos. We got a bit closer for the top photo. I'm glad you enjoyed this sweet little frog.

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