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© Simon Christen
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UploadedApril 9, 2008
TakenJune 14, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 20D
Exposure1/800 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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While hiking through the thick brush of the African savanna, I encountered a pack of lions feeding on a wildebeest. I froze, and slowly backed away. All of a sudden one of them noticed me and gave me the stare, implying "yea, you better back off, buddy..."


I went to the San Francisco Zoo and took a snapshot of this lioness in the lion pit.

You choose which version you like better... :-)

48 responses

  • Charles Crawford

    Charles Crawford gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Great picture. Perfect capture of light esp in eyes

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Awesome in b&w!

  • Francesca Conti

    Francesca Conti gave props (9 Apr 2008):


  • steve boutwell

    steve boutwell said (9 Apr 2008):

    Great shot, but sure on the name .. more like reading the menu

  • Iso

    Iso gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Superb picture! Excellent Black & White

  • Trey Hill

    Trey Hill (Deleted) said (9 Apr 2008):

    version one please.

  • John Paul

    John Paul gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Pretty effin amazing buddy!

  • Nick Edens

    Nick Edens gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    Wow!!! Really love it!

  • Desi J.

    Desi J. gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    beautiful! got my vote for sure!

  • Amy Pasquantonio

    Amy Pasquantonio said (10 Apr 2008):

    Great anecdote, you really had me going! I absolutely love the lion's eyes, very haunting.

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    First, I love your humor! Second...this deserves awards. Fabulous!!

  • Robert Parks

    Robert Parks gave props (11 Apr 2008):

    love the black and white

  • Ashley McLaughlin

    Ashley McLaughlin gave props (12 Apr 2008):

    wow VERY seducing image!! great job

  • Sherstin Schwartz

    Sherstin Schwartz gave props (12 Apr 2008):

    Fantastic capture... I love this shot.

  • Brittany Biel

    Brittany Biel gave props (13 Apr 2008):

    you should've just left version one stand by itself and i would've totally believed every word of it. but this is a beautiful capture. it's so powerful.

  • Brian Starr

    Brian Starr said (13 Apr 2008):

    It doesn't matter which story is real because the image is powerful no matter were it was taken. As for me, I think I'm going to make a trip to the zoo...

  • James Leocadi

    James Leocadi (Deleted) said (14 Apr 2008):


  • Nathan Nowack

    Nathan Nowack said (14 Apr 2008):

    I'm scared!

  • Simon Christen

    Simon Christen said (15 Apr 2008):

    Thank you for all your comments and feedback. I really enjoy them a lot and it makes me happy that you like the image.

  • Kelly Maize

    Kelly Maize said (18 Apr 2008):

    Either way, the lighting is great and the B&W was a good choice. :)

  • Eleonora Federico

    Eleonora Federico (Deleted) said (20 Apr 2008):


  • Rashun Drayton

    Rashun Drayton said (23 Apr 2008):

    I won't lie, I fell for it... Great photo!!!

  • Lk Murphy

    Lk Murphy said (24 Apr 2008):

    I love the first story - but she's got an awfully clean face for feeding on a wildebeest! hehe. Beautiful photo. Beautiful.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2008):

    Really awesome picture! It rocks!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (25 Apr 2008):

    Okay, I saw the pic, read only top of the story, voted and left. I thought Simon has "big ones!" I came back to save as a favorite and then read the rest of the story.Now I really love it!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson said (25 Apr 2008):

    This is the winner!

  • Simon Christen

    Simon Christen said (25 Apr 2008):

    thanks again for all your comments. I'm glad you like the photo :-)

  • napa co

    napa co gave props (25 Apr 2008):


  • David Bowden

    David Bowden gave props (30 Apr 2008):

    EXCELLENT shot. One of the best B&W here. Got my vote. Good thing you backed off.... to get the proper crop for the shot :-)

  • Claus Petersen

    Claus Petersen said (30 Apr 2008):

    Amazing shot, when you look into such a beast, you really feel small...

  • Tj Watt

    Tj Watt said (2 May 2008):

    Big cats are so freakin powerfull. this is a very strong image.
    what smooth tones.

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) said (3 May 2008):

    i think i can actually feel her fur

  • Cyril Bays

    Cyril Bays gave props (4 May 2008):


  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović gave props (14 May 2008):

    Exelent. When You look at his eyes,You must have respect.

  • Slimeface

    Slimeface said (18 May 2008):

    What a great face!!

  • James Cranston

    James Cranston said (18 May 2008):

    good use of symmetry here.

  • Jeff Hunter

    Jeff Hunter gave props (25 May 2008):

    Great shot

  • Kathee Brown

    Kathee Brown gave props (29 May 2008):


  • Tammara Terry

    Tammara Terry gave props (30 May 2008):


  • Kimi Phillips

    Kimi Phillips gave props (9 Jun 2008):

    Beautiful and powerful image!

  • Faisal Almalki

    Faisal Almalki said (9 Jun 2008):

    Love the composition and details. Beautiful
    I'll go with the first scenario. LOL

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Yeah, definately San Francisco Zoo, can't fool a South African lol! Fantastically amazing shot!! So intense, powerful & magnificent! Great work!

  • Kristina Kurtzke

    Kristina Kurtzke said (30 Jul 2008):

    Amazing! The contrast is beautiful in this shot!

  • Joerg Fritz

    Joerg Fritz gave props (14 Dec 2008):

    Very powerful, amazing contrast!

  • DAMBRA Xavier

    DAMBRA Xavier said (15 Jan 2009):

    Very amazing !

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (17 Feb 2010):

    beautiful!! love it!

  • michel mahe

    michel mahe said (22 May 2013):

    beau regard,bien mis en valeur,bravo....

  • charu ram

    charu ram gave props (4 Jun 2013):

    Beautiful creature!

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