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    Default Early morning at Polenstwa

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    Hello Friends,

    This image was captured in the Kalahari in February last year. My companion and I were driving towards the nearby waterhole one early morning when we heard a brief roar in the distance. We decided to carry on slowly and look around, and barely one km further we were rewarded with the loveliest sighting: two beautiful male lions. We had the privilege to observe and photograph them for some time but unfortunately there was not much interaction between them, they were just following each other at some distance while looking for a spot of shade.

    I processed this particular image because I liked the pose, a little hesitant as the subject was about to cross the road and trying to locate his mate who had already found shelter under a large bush and disappeared among the tall grasses

    Nikon D4
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    Hope you all have a wonderful evening, and many thanks for looking and well as for your kind comments on my previous images.

    Kind regards,
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    Hi Gabriela ... well a lovely Kalahari Lion male ... left the punk stage behind .
    Love the light and colors of the scene , framing , tonal range and detail is looking good ... well done Gabriela in post .
    Would not change a thing ....you picked the right time when the face got hit by light ....nice fieldcraft .

    Just the pose does look a bit ...unfortunate i think ....a bit like German shepherd with the back part very low .

    TFS Andreas , have a nice evening .

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    Thank you Boetie! Thought you'd like to see a big boy, for a change. Although we do like the punks, don't we - they are more entertaining LOL.

    I actually liked the pose. And was so happy when he stopped and looked around a bit because I was struggling to get him in the clear, he was walking through those grasses down below. It was a nice feeling when he got close to the window...just like that time at Kij Kij when Charlie Ash roared in my face

    Enjoy the evening Andreas, I am off to the feathers soon...

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    Gabriela, he looks sad to me, as if he is saying goodbye for ever to his pal! I really like the gentle tones.

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    Hi Gabriela -- I loved the light and colours in it. Beautiful settings to get a Lion in it. Nice separation from the BG as well . It is just the pose that is a bit awkward for my taste , otherwise the image has a lot of nice elements in it.

    TFS !

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    Thank you so much dear Jon and Haseeb

    I get it, you guys don't like the pose that much. I have many more frames from this sighting, so no worries Not sure what to post next I have no bears and no seals and no tigers...

    Jon, our boy isn't sad, just wondering how quick he can get to that spot-o-shade! His tummy is full and he had been walking the whole night...

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    Hi Gabriela ..... received my mail ?

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    Hello Boetie, and thank you for message! I haven't received it, not yet. Been looking forward to it. I am receiving notifications from BPN though. Internet is very slow and I have had issues with the server for some time now. Will send you a test email, try reply to it and check if the email address is correct.
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    OK ...send mine already yesterday

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    send you a new one ....

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    Andreas, hope the email is in by tomorrow morning, I will let you know. Thank you so much
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    Answered the email from this afternoon ...

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    Sorry Andreas, let us turn to WhatsApp please - seems I have issues with mail.
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    What a sighting. Nice light and nice to see the lion out in the open. Composition looks spot on. Sounds like quite the experience you had with these lions.

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    Hi Gabriela, gorgeous light, but from his stance it looks like he's 'checking the tyres'.

    I might add a little Midtone via Curves and a hint of Levels on the dark side just to bring some Contrast back in, but just my take.

    TFS
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    Steeeeeve! He wasn't checking the tyres! My goodness, I cannot stop laughing now

    Thank you for RP, I like it, very nice touch

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    Hi Gabriela. A nice sighting with great golden light and details. Agree on pose, but well I look forward to more from this since you have a few more. TFS. Nice one.

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    Thank you so much Sanjeev, appreciated
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