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    A cub and sub adult lioness* carefully approach my lens under a wonderful winter sunset in Zambia's South Luangwa Nat Park.
    I love the upward glance on that young cub!

    With my FP on the young cub and with the older sibling suddenly stepping half a metre forward, with being so close, the face unfortunately isn't quite sharp , but I think the quizzical pose makes up for that somewhat........that's wildlife!

    Captured using an L bracket, ballhead/flipped monopod and remote CamRanger, slight crop for comp, curves, levels in PS CC'19 & ACR.

    *Gabriela, mum was @ the rear, this was a sub -adult lioness around 18 mths old, on babysitting duties.

    Nikon D810
    Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 G2
    f/6.3 -.33EV
    fill flash (rear curtain) -1.3EV
    1/250s
    ISO500@ 55mm.

    1400px wide

    I leave tomorrow for a 3 week return trip to Central Serengeti with conditions even drier than normal,
    allowing for some good sightings of Pangolin and a melanistic/black Serval seen close to camp .....fingers, toes & eyes crossed that the Gods smile upon me, until then.



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    Hi Marc ...as good and unusual as the previous posting from that shooting . Even with the technical shortcoming that yourself described .... nature is playing its own role , mostly .
    What i do really like in both images is the very good use of fill in flash .... something that i never get my hands on .

    Have a great trip with loads of sightings ....
    within in two months time i am in South Luangwa myself .

    TFS Andreas

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    Thanks Andreas

    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas Liedmann View Post
    What i do really like in both images is the very good use of fill in flash .... something that i never get my hands on .
    Like yourself, never a huge fan of flash in my wildlife photography, but playing around with -EV (in both flash -Exp in body) plus rear curtain can give pleasing results when set against a colour filled sunrise/sunset.


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    All the best Marc for your trip, hope you get all the best of sightings and photo opportunities.

    The image like the previous one is nicely framed with this low a POV it looks indeed special. no issues with the subject a bit soft as framing in adjusting FP's under such circumstances are very difficult. loved the curious eyes and framing.

    nicely done, TFS !

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    Hi Marc, what a lovely image! I like the technique, the result, the light and comp. Priceless curious pose from the lions. TFS.

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    Hello Marc,

    This is awesome, so glad you shared it! Superb expression from both subadult and cub, too special. I too love the cub's eyes, such cute pose

    Very nice use of flash. Framing looks good and BG is lovely, awesome POV. I like the colours too. In fact I like everything here Marc, you've done a great job out there under the circumstances.
    Hope we get to see more when you get back from the Serengeti - travel safely and have great fun, experiment more, and... bring back more stunners

    Kind regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Marc this is just amazing, I love these low angled shots - so much more involving of the viewer in the visual experience, it almost like being there. Big sister slightly soft but the glancing eyes of the little one are priceless

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    Very cool scene captured. Awesome background and colors. Nice use of flash too. Love the look up from the cub. TFS

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