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  1. doenoe

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    I was in the zoo and got the chance to see the lion feeding from the other side of the enclosure. I made the first shot with a 50mm and it isnt cropped, so i think you can figure out how close i was to this very large cat. It really was amazing to be this close to one of these fantastic creatures. While it was laying there, it was protecting its pet-chicken from us humans and was roaring the whole time. Not only could i hear it really good, i could also feel it in my body. I can not really discribe it, but i was glad those bars were there. I would probably soil my pants if the lion would do that roar thing and the bars werent there
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    And then i went to the normal spot to take pics and took some more shots of these magnificant animals.
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    "Why did the chicken cross the street?"
    "What chicken??"
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    #3
    "ok, im ready for my tequilla...........who got the lemon?"
    "what lemon??"
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    #4 And 2 shots to show y'all how good they really look :)
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    #5
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    Thanks for looking
    Greetz Daan
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

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    Great light you got to work with here - brings out every detail.
     
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    What gorgeous, sharp shots of the lions! (LOVE the expression in "what lemon?" :lol: )

    I can imagine how its roar would reverberate in your chest. Yoiks!
     
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    Those are wonderful.

    What equipment was used (other than the 50mm)

    They are all a little saturated but I like them. Super sharp as well. Number 2 seems a little red

    edit: Just checked out your website (Which is wonderfully laid out) and see you have a Canon 350 (which I assume is equivalent to the Rebel XTi?) It's amazing how easily I can pick up another language when we are talking about the same thing (photography)

    ~Michael~
     
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    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. My sister and I got a little too close to a lion once and narrowly escaped the attitude that he sprayed out of his rear-end at us (sorry if that's too gross) -point being - the sound he made and actions he took thirty years ago still run through my memory as if it was yesterday. Cherish your experience with this magnificent creature, and yes, thank God for Iron Bars!
    Peace,
    Roey.
     
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    What a great set of pictures. Such wonderful details.
     
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    I wish I could find a zoo that would let me this close to something this size. The only place I have been to is the Columbia zoo in South Carolina and they are far off in the distance.

    ~Michael~
     
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    Very, very nice shots. Great detail. Lens? I have never gotten a chance to visit a larger zoo to see such animals.

    Derrick
     
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    Lovely pics :)
     
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    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    What beautiful light. It's glowing so beautifully.

    Scary creatures those. I just posted some photos of crocodiles - but they just lie there until you jump in the water. These lions though! ARGHHG! They'll hunt you down and eat you!
     
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    Thanks, good to see you're still hanging out on TPF :)
    Yeah, it was one of the few sunny days we had lately. Good thing i had the day of, else i would have missed it. Thanks for the comment :thumbup:
    Its a really impressive thing to feel. hope i can get backstage again sometime and try to get some more shots, but now i was just like [​IMG]
    Thanks for the reply jean :)
    Indeed , i shoot with the 350D and thats the XT. The 400d is the XTi. The site is made by my brother He does this stuff for a living, so it was easier for him then for me :lol: And i always turn up the saturation a bit more with lions in the sun-pics. I kinda like the look of it, but you're right, the second one looks a bit redish (not the vegetable) I shot the outside pics with the Sigma 70-300 3,5-5.6 APO. I love that lens. It goes a bit soft at the end, but if you keep that in mind and just dont zoom out all the way, you can get some nice pictures out of it.
    Thanks for the comment :)
    oh wow, it probably would have been a nightmare if you would have been sprayed by a lion. On the other hand, you can tell a story that not alot of people can :lol: But i dont think i can forget this, even if i try.....not that im gonna try, cause it was a fantastic thing to hear/see/feel.
    Thank you for your reply :)
    Cheers
    Usually you see them on the other side of some water. Think there is about 8 meters of water between you and the lions. And the best thing is that there are no bars or fences. So you can take some nice pics. I could now now get backstage, because i know a guy that works at the zoo.
    Thanks for the second reply :)
    Thanks. I wrote the lens details a bit up, so you can read it there. And this isnt a big zoo, its a real city-zoo, in the middle of Amsterdam.
    Thanks :)
    Thanks :)
    I almost went croc hunting in Australia one time. It was for somekind of research about the influence of the cane-toad on the freshwater crocodiles. Would have been an incrideble experience, but it got cancelled. The guy who was arranging everything got the chance to go to Komodo and work with the gigantic dragons there. And thats even better then working with crocodiles.....just a bit better though :lol:
     

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