Photographer's Note

Two lions I photographed at the Rhino and Lion Reserve near Muldersdrift, which is close to Johannesburg. This was taken as the lions were running towards their lunch, a dead cow which is left for them at a specific place by the park rangers.

During weekends the lions are fed at 13:00 every Sunday, which means that they show up there like clockwork. From previous visits I knew that they always come running towards the meat, so I waited and hoped for an opportunity to capture this.

This was taken at 500mm (750mm on the D100) and I still had to crop quite a bit, so the photo is perhaps not as sharp as I would have liked it. There was also some dust in the air, which made the photo even more soft.

Due to the bright light I underexposed by -0.7EV. This was taken on aperture priority at f/8, using ISO 250.

The colors may seem surreal to some, but this is actually very close to the real thing. It is winter here in South Africa, which means that the grass is very dry and brown. I only adjusted the levels slightly, and added just a little bit of saturation and contrast.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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