WildPhotoMag: Facebook TOP 20 Selection 10-16 May, 2013

I’ve just received a message from Andre (WildPhotoMag) that one of my images posted this week on their Facebook was selected as one of the top 20 images of the week. Kalahari pillow was selected and I remembered the day in November 2012 when I got the shot in the Kgalagadi. It was a slow day with not much happening on the sighting side and on our way back to Urikaruus Near Gemsbokplein waterhole we came across the two young male lions doing what lions do best – sleeping in the middle of the river bed!. But this one had his head supported by this dead branch and I though it was really funny. So we decided  to stay with the two for a while and to try some shots even though the light was not good. I did some experiments with my camera, lenses, convertors and in-camera crop keeping changing lenses and in-camera cropping. I shot a few different “types” of photos of this lion – using different compositions. So eventually I came up this image:

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Kalahari pillow

Nikon D3S, Nikon 600mmf4 lens with 1.4 convertor without in-camera crop factor, ISO640, f6.3, 1/640 sec, exposure comp = 0, Aperture mode, WB = sun. First I was worried because his eyes were close and everybody will tell you – one must see the eyes of the subject. Secondly, I amputated one of his front legs – another no-no rule in photography. Well, rule are there to be broken and I decided that is photo is telling an interesting story even though the eyes are closed and I liked the crop. Any comments welcome on the composition.


For more on the Top 20 selection for this particular week: http://www.wildphotomag.co.za/wordpress/?p=2309

Message to take home:

When we stop at this lion sighting, I was thinking of the follow: Let us experiment with this lion for a while because being a good photographer is as much about learning what not to do as it is learning what to do. Without playing around and experimenting, you will never learn and you’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over again. If time allows – like this sighting and nothing else is going on (slow day) – take time to experiment, play around, learn and decide what is working for you.

Until next time – keep on shooting!!!


  1. #1 by Jan Reyneke on May 20, 2013 - 5:52 am

    Op n stadium het almal wat ek ken, ek ingesluit, net gapende leeus afgeneem. Dit is great om hierdie uitsonderlike foto van n leeu te sien. Well done!!!

  2. #2 by whk139 on May 28, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Hi Jan, thanks vir die comment. Yes, in die Kgalagadi soek ‘n mens maar na die ongewone aangesien die Kgalagadi ‘n ongewone plek/park is en ongewone situasie sal jy net om die volgende draai kry.

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