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Tom Kellie

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@Geoff:

 

That's a terrific shot!

A textbook example of the power of leaving much unsaid.

Without seeing all, we sense the rest of the story, hence it becomes ours.

Such clarity.

The EXIF says that you were using the EF 2x extender at the time. That may be what it takes for me to experiment with the same, next month.

The ultra-sharp focus clarity on the nose is tops!

Tom K.

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On the last picture of post #271, is the guide Steve and Martin the tracker ?

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I am not sure. We were at Kwara and that was a vehicle from Little Kwara.

My guide that day was Mothusi and the tracker was Alfred

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This is my kill... South Luangwa, Sept' 2008.

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@@Tom Kellie ,

 

Thanks for your comment on the previous image I posted. Whilst i do like animals in habitat / landscape images sometimes going in ultra tight produces some unique perspectives. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea though. The above image is another example where I experimented with increasing the focal length rather than reaching for a smaller focal length lens when the viewing was very close (within 7 metres from memory).

The eyes say it all for me and the out of focus buffalo carcass adds to the story. This lioness (one of 15 at the kill) stopped feeding and watched me for a long, long time.

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This is my kill... South Luangwa, Sept' 2008.

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@@Tom Kellie ,

 

Thanks for your comment on the previous image I posted. Whilst i do like animals in habitat / landscape images sometimes going in ultra tight produces some unique perspectives. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea though. The above image is another example where I experimented with increasing the focal length rather than reaching for a smaller focal length lens when the viewing was very close (within 7 metres from memory).

The eyes say it all for me and the out of focus buffalo carcass adds to the story. This lioness (one of 15 at the kill) stopped feeding and watched me for a long, long time.

 

~ @@Geoff:

 

That's beyond ‘stunning’ !!!!!!

Despite the series of delicate bird and botanical images I've been posting of late, I do admire such a hyper-intense perspective.

Your comment of her watching you “for a long, long time” ratchets up my already high pleasure in that image.

Safaritalk is at its finest when photo-artists like you share such offbeat perspectives. They enlarge our imaginations of what's possible.

I'll be back in Kenya three weeks from tomorrow. I seldom see kills, but if I'm fortunate enough to see any cats at moderately close range, I'll keep this image in mind as a model of the possible.

Please know that I hugely like it, @@Geoff!

Tom K.

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Here are a couple from our recent trip to Serengeti NP (these were taken at or near Namiri Plains).

 

Lions in a mating marathon:

 

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Lioness and Cub:

 

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One of the infamous 'Killers':

 

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Tom Kellie

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~ Welcome, @@Scott8586!

 

What a FANTASTIC image!

As soon as I saw it, I smiled.

Your skill in getting such a moment is admirable.

Many thanks for telling us that it was photographed near Namiri Plains, which are unfamiliar to me.

Any other safari images you might have will surely be as appreciated as these were.

Tom K.

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~ Welcome, @@Scott8586!

 

What a FANTASTIC image!

As soon as I saw it, I smiled.

Your skill in getting such a moment is admirable.

Many thanks for telling us that it was photographed near Namiri Plains, which are unfamiliar to me.

Any other safari images you might have will surely be as appreciated as these were.

Tom K.

 

Thanks @@Tom Kellie! Though I just feel like I was in the right place, right time, paying attention to the right lion ;-) I will post more, and see what I can do about a trip report.

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Tom Kellie

 

~ Welcome, @@Scott8586!

 

What a FANTASTIC image!

As soon as I saw it, I smiled.

Your skill in getting such a moment is admirable.

Many thanks for telling us that it was photographed near Namiri Plains, which are unfamiliar to me.

Any other safari images you might have will surely be as appreciated as these were.

Tom K.

 

Thanks @@Tom Kellie! Though I just feel like I was in the right place, right time, paying attention to the right lion ;-) I will post more, and see what I can do about a trip report.

 

 

~ @Scott8586:

 

If that becomes feasible, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

BTW: As a child I often passed through Tacoma when taking the long way around Hood Canal on the way to a second family home my parents had in Clallam County, west of Sekiu, on the way to Neah Bay.

Tom K.

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Busanga plains, Kafue NP, Zambia.

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@@Tom Kellie..in your BTW, I know of each of those places that you are referring to.

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Duba Plains 2013....

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@@Tom Kellie..in your BTW, I know of each of those places that you are referring to.

 

~ Hello, @@marg!

 

You do? That's wonderful!

It's been decades since I met anyone who knew them.

When I went there, throughout the 1960s, they were wild places.

Roaming the very wet forests and beaches may have laid the groundwork for loving safaris.

No lions, but bear did occasionally show up on the doorstep and deer were plentiful.

Thanks so much for telling me.

Tom K.

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Selous lions at lunch

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Serengeti pride ....resting after lunch

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Sepia tones on a few of my Zimbabwe shots at Hwange last year.

 

Taken with Canon EOS 7D and 300mm F/2.8 11 plus x 2 converter

 

Converted to sepia with Topaz.

 

Cheers

 

David Taylor

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Sepia tones on a few of my Zimbabwe shots at Hwange last year.

 

Taken with Canon EOS 7D and 300mm F/2.8 11 plus x 2 converter

 

Converted to sepia with Topaz.

 

 

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~ @theplainswanderer:

 

Those are outstanding images.

It's especially kind of you to provide the full background details.

The sepia tone ads a certain loveliness to the portrait above.

What a face! What an expression!

I'm glad to see these sepia lion images as I'd wondered how such images might look.

Many thanks!

Tom K.

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Yet another feasting lion

Both in the Mara, Feb. 2015

 

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and honeymooners having a spiff...

 

 

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Duba Plains 2010

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Duba Plains 2010

@ Marg, they are PRECIOUS!

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Tom Kellie

~ @graceland:

 

Your sepia lion photo is very nice!

That's a technique I've yet to try.

I'd better follow your example and try something different.

I 100% agree with you that marg's wee little lion cubs are something else!

Tom K.

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Experimental pic...low zoom camera +binoculars combination

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Tom Kellie

Experimental pic...low zoom camera +binoculars combination

 

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~ @gagan:

 

This is my first time to see such a technique.

I like such experimental photography as it broadens the options for those in the field who spot interesting subjects.

There's almost a vintage feel about it.

Thank you for sharing it on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

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Rejected and Dejected



Photographed on 5 May, 2015 at 6:54 am in Nairobi National Park with an EOS 1D Mark IV camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super telephoto lens.



ISO 12,800, 1/2500 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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A pride of seven cubs and four lionesses was observed huddled together in wet grass near a track in Nairobi National Park.



Yet about eight meters away two other lionesses were sleeping side by side. The separated pair had noticeably lighter coats than the others, indicative of a different genetic heritage.



When the lionesses in the larger group sat up from sleep, they noticed the would-be intruders. Their stance immediately shifted to one of self-evident hostility towards the lonely two, who stood up and tentatively moved towards the larger group. The cubs moved away, as the lionesses glared with twitching muscles.



The standoff ended when the two light-coated lionesses walked away, having been rejected, consequently looking dejected.



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Morkel Erasmus

Great images folks.

@@Tom Kellie she sure looks dejected - have you considered cropping this photo? Perhaps not due to the very high ISO?

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