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I have been traveling in the desert of Northern Africa for the past weeks with no internet access, so I found out about this rather late: my charging lion picture was commended in the 2010 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards.

As with most wildlife shots, there was quite a bit of luck involved to get this shot - after all, with wild animals you never know what's going to happen. Most wildlife photographers use long tele lenses to photograph potentially dangerous animals, and that is probably a wise thing to do. However, wide angle shots are often more dynamic, more in your face, so that's what I wanted to try in South Africa with lions. I used a radio controlled remote and shot from a handheld monopod, turned upside down, without getting out of the car. It's my secret (well, not anymore) technique to get low level perspective shots with wide angle lenses, while remaining flexible and without running the risk of getting eaten. This male lion did not appreciate the clicks coming from the grass very much, and decided to charge the D3. I guess he was more the Canon type.

Greetings from the Sahara.

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  1. Enjoy Every Sandwich 18 months ago | reply


    Your outstanding animal photograph was seen in Henny's Animal Kingdom.

  2. Astrid Photography. 18 months ago | reply

    Wow... indrukwekkend ...!

    Gezien in De Doka

  3. Channed 18 months ago | reply

    spectaculair! Ik ben blij dat je zelf niet zo dichtbij stond...
    Gezien in De Doka

  4. Tato 66 18 months ago | reply

    Superba foto!!!

  5. Robert-Jan van Lotringen 18 months ago | reply

    Geweldige foto. Ik ga je groothoek-techniek eens oefenen op onze kat.
    Gezien in De Doka

  6. Ivan . 18 months ago | reply

    Admirable, artistic and very impresionant work...congrats.

  7. coyrooster 16 months ago | reply

    Sipping espresso (diced with eggnog) on Christmas Day in my bathrobe and bare feet hardly constitutes wild behavior. I've let loose in my days but I was not born to be wild. Evidently you were, at least at times like this, motor vehicle notwithstanding. If a single photo could snarl the spirit of BORN to be WILD odds are ten-to-one this puppy would be it.

    Seen in BORN to be WILD

  8. Anirban Sinha 80 16 months ago | reply

    And Still you are alive to post it into the Flickr!!! How you managed to get rid off that death!!! Amazing technique of photographing the wildest of Animals!!

  9. HollyBerry255 15 months ago | reply

    Oh my this is so amazing!
    This would have been an incredible experience!!!

    = ]

  10. Anamika Sandra - catching up 15 months ago | reply

    incredible! well worth all the effort!!!

  11. ArtGem 10 months ago | reply

    Il love it! <3 fantastic!!

  12. timballic 9 months ago | reply

    Wow, this is seriously close, I am so glad you survived.
    (I think you should have kept your secret!)

  13. Chellodi 9 months ago | reply

    Appreciate you sharing your beautiful photography stories with us! Keep it up and hope to do a tour with you soon!

  14. jimmyedmonds 9 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot,

  15. Jamie Felton Photo 7 months ago | reply

    Very smart and very good! A big Congrats to you on the honor!

  16. Chris28mm 4 months ago | reply

    Very dynamic shot! Nicely done! I'd still have been scared even on top of a truck!

  17. Bilderwelten84 3 months ago | reply

    Wow, das ist beeindruckent!!! :)

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